Fred Rusk says:
“As I look back over 67 years of serving Jehovah, I am thankful for the rich blessings I have received.”—(The Watchtower, Oct. 15, 2011, p. 22)
When I look back over the last 67 years of Fred Rusk’s life I see a man who did Watchtower’s bidding no matter its correctness or incorrectness, and no matter the consequence to honest and sincere folks on its receiving end. Rusky might call that “rich blessings” from his perspective, but those on the receiving end of the incorrectness have a wholly different view of the donkey.
This man more than any living Watchtower worshipper is responsible for Watchtower’s insane blood taboo that has led to only God knows how many premature deaths. When pressed for details that to this day Watchtower does not articulate but allows, Rusky’s ready answer is “We don’t want to talk it up.”
That’s why, though Watchtower allows it, nowhere does Watchtower articulate that Witnesses can donate blood so long as it is sufficiently fractionated before its constituents are accepted for transfusion by another Witness, or anyone else for that matter. Rusky knows that to share this openly and bluntly would be to undermine Watchtower’s refrain that Witnesses do not donate blood for purposes of medicinal transfusion.
That’s why, though Watchtower allows it, nowhere does Watchtower articulate that Witnesses can accept transfusion of cryosupernatant. Rusky knows that to share this openly and bluntly would be to undermine Watchtower’s refrain that Witnesses abstain from blood.
“We don’t want to talk it up.”
That’s my strongest memory of this yes-man known as Fred Rusk. His God is Watchtower. He follows it wherever it goes, just as Aaron followed Moses at Meribah. According to the biblical account, for following Moses when he should not have, Aaron was stripped of his high office, suffered premature death, and was not allowed into the promised land.