Earnest, again I appreciate your comments. I'm again impressed to see a somewhat pro-JW person do the careful research that you've done. In my experience it's the rare JW-defender who will go that far.
You've focused on an issue that I and others see as central to what is wrong with the Watchtower organization, namely, "Franz's answer to the question : Don't you have some fixed creeds that don't change?" Refiner's Fire" correctly pointed out that the only truly fixed creed of Jehovah's Witnesses is the "faithful and discreet slave" doctrine. A creed does not have to be written down. According to Webster's the definition of "creed" includes "an accepted system of religious belief, any system of belief or of opinion". Saying that "the Bible is our only creed" is nonsensical because one can extract any number of beliefs from it, often conflicting ones, as "the faithful slave" has so amply demonstrated. In my view, saying this is the equivalent of saying, "our creed is whatever we choose to believe", which is just plain stupid.
As you point out, a JW can certainly believe whatever he chooses to believe -- as long as it's kept in his own head. While it's true that a religion could fall apart if a certain amount of unity of speech is not maintained, that's really beside the point in terms of our discussion here. Why? Because the Society teaches that it is wrong for a "Christian" to hold -- even in his own head -- opinions that differ from the Society's. Thinker pointed out that the August 1, 2001 Watchtower stated that "a mature Christian ... does not advocate or insist on personal opinions or harbor private ideas when it comes to Bible understanding. Rather, he has complete con-fidence in the truth as it is revealed by Jeho-vah God through his Son, Jesus Christ, and "the faithful and discreet slave." In other words, anyone who holds private opinions differing from the opinions of the Governing Body is immature at best and an apostate at worst. This is blatant manipulation.
So, while a person can in principle "harbor private ideas", in practice JWs are told that this is against Jehovah's will. This is precisely what Knorr and Franz were doing in their testimony in the Moyle trial. What they did is acknowledge the obvious -- that JW leaders are not infallible and are not inspired -- but they turned right around and acknowledged that the Society equates its teachings with God's because they do not allow that there are any differences between theirs and God's. In other words, they practiced doubletalk. Worse, because they probably believed what they were saying, they practiced Orwellian doublethink.
Everyone acknowledges that JW leaders are not inspired, and their record proves it. The problem is that JWs are required to act is if JW leaders are inspired. This means that in practice, JWs must pretend to believe that everything in Watchtower publications is inspired, because if they voice a differing opinion they may well find themselves in serious trouble with elders.
My point in this thread, and in plenty of others, is that if one acts as if one were inspired, then one is really claiming to be inspired. It doesn't matter if one then claims, "I never claimed to be inspired". If one does, one is being disingenuous and practicing doubletalk, or even doublethink.
This attitude of claiming for all practical purposes to be inspired goes right back to C. T. Russell. I'm sure you've read enough old WTS literature to know the way he did this. He claimed that he was only teaching about "God's dates" and such, that he found in the Bible. But he also claimed that these teachings were opened up to him by holy spirit -- that he could never have figured it all out under his own power. Whatever you want to call it -- divine guidance or divine inspiration -- it's the same thing. Russell claimed to get knowledge by supernatural means.
Rutherford and his boys engaged in the same kind of doubletalk. Go back and reread the Moyle transcript you quoted (columns 1473,1474) and see if you can pick out the doubletalk. I could do it in some detail, but once one catches on to how the Orwellian mindset works, anyone can easily do it.