The WTS has repeatedly stated that one of the main reasons for disfellowshiping is to "keep the Congregation clean." Another reason is to shame the offender into toeing the WT Party Line, although they don't quite put it that way.
On the other hand, there are numerous examples of Elder hounders hunting down and DFing people who have totally and voluntarily extricated themselves from the "Congregation" and its members for YEARS. Obviously, they aren't bothering the Congregation(s) or active dubs AT ALL, and obviously they aren't interested into being "shamed" in order to get back in.
One can only conclude that the motives of the Elder hounders are vindictive. The Bible clearly states that the purpose of "not even eating with such a person" applies only to someone who "calls himself a Brother." Anyone who leaves voluntarily and stays away for years is obviously NOT a brother.
That being the case, DFing not only violates WT "Law", but it is stalking and harassment pure and simple.
It seems to me that in such a situation there would be punitive legal measures that could be taken against such Elder hounders. I would think that anyone facing this situation should point out what I've just stated to such elders and threaten their asses with a huge lawsuit. Perhaps even criminal charges.
If I go dog someone whom I haven't had any contact with for years and threaten them when they have done virtually nothing to me personally over that period, that is definitely harassment. DFing them could also be argued as vindictive slander.
I cannot recall anyone make this argument before. I do recall an older copy of the Flock book saying to leave dubs alone if they have been inactive for three or more years. I don't know what the current policy is, but I DO know elders are still doing what I am talking about.
What do you think about this?