I've noticed a huge amount of videos being uploaded by the YouTube channel "AuslanNews". "Auslan" is an abbreviation of Australian Sign Language.
Here is one of the videos...
Here is the YouTube description for the above video...
This is the Bible story about when God's people finally returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple after living in Babylon for 70 years. Four years after the temple was built, the people were very poor and the temple wan't looking very good. Would Jehovah look after them and help them fix the temple? Watch the story to find out more. It has been translated into Auslan (Australian Sign Language), by Jehovah's Witnesses. For more information or for free downloads of other videos in Auslan, please visit www.jw.org.
Having checked on jw.org, there is indeed an entire menu option for deaf people to select their local variant of sign language. Here is the JW.org page for Australian Sign Language. Interestingly, there are 59 variants of sign language to choose from, so why is Australian Sign Language receiving such special attention? Why not flood YouTube with, say, videos in Taiwanese Sign Language? One can't help but wonder whether it has anything to do with the affluence of the country being targetted and/or the ability of the recipients of this "education" to donate.
In any case, it seems the Society truly is serious about using the internet to get its message across. What I find disturbing is the cynical attempt to take advantage of deaf people, for whom very little anti-Watchtower material is available in sign language. Why only upload videos for deaf people? Why not go to similar lengths to upload videos for the hearing?
It's also noteworthy that the organization went to such extreme measures to pull the initial surge of "Listen, Obey and Be Blessed" videos from YouTube, even though these were supposedly educational and free of charge - but they are now flooding YouTube with similarly educational videos designed to target deaf people. Why remove videos designed for the hearing, but then upload videos designed for the deaf? Why the disparity?
Also, what can be done to counter this flood of Watchtower propaganda, which seems cynically aimed at taking advantage of the hearing-impaired? Does anyone know sign language out there who could upload similar videos explaining the fallacy of JW teachings?
(As always, if you haven't yet voted in the 2012 JW Survey, please do so!)