Okay, something that has always been a side point but still a rather ridiculous rule is that brothers cannot "serve" if they have a beard/goatee/anything more than just a moustache. At least in the states, I've heard of some congregations in some countries allow this, but they are the exception? Your experience?
Where the hell did that come from? All of the publications pictures of Jesus, apostles, any bible scene has the males with beards or with facial hair (for the most part, I'm sure one can find a picture with a clean shaven male).
I just don't get it. I mean there is a lot I don't get with the WBTS's rules and regulations, but this one? WTF?! A brother told me that in his congregation years ago, most of the elder body had beards (cong in Colorado) and had no problems with it. Then one day the CO comes strolling into town and told them they had to shave or they would all be removed by the next meeting. They all conformed, this brother being a MS, had a beard, but refused to shave, asking to be shown the biblical principle behind the rule. Yup, you can guess it, he was removed.
If anyone has done the research on it can you send me a link or post it here? This is one of those rules that just begs the question, why?