The American constitution, underscored by years of case law, provides for freedom of religion to an excessive degree IMO. It enables them to exercise descriminatory practices based on form of worship, which in effect tramples all over the religious freedoms of others. In the absence of the constitutional rights, discrimination on the basis of religion would be the overriding HR consideration and ruled unlawful. This is becoming more apparent as ex-JW's in other countries are getting more success when directly disadvantaged by the practice of shunning. (Brazil for eg).
Certainly the doctrines, practices and corresponding statements in their literature is coming under more scrutiny in this country . . . it's still a hard road getting authorities to give it any significance however. The increased attention given to Human Rights and active discrimination, both Internationally and within certain countries, will gradually make this more of an issue if people effected by it are prepared to complain IMO. I have a specific complaint before the NZ HRC at the moment which is being investigated.
The letter itself carries a self-satisfied smugness about it . . . even brags about the "considerable success" enjoyed by the WTS legal dept. No wonder they devote such considerable resources to their legal dept. Extensive donated funds are used to keep the donators in line and protect their corporate interests . . . a callous irony. Maybe the "beast" will turn on the religion that "sits like a queen"? That's one prophecy they might yet get right.