I just had to come on here and vent - I'm having a horrible day.
Firstly, had to sit through a horrible public talk about obedience to the "superior authorities" (whoever they decide that is this week) - all kinds of crazy stuff taking verses in Romans way out of context.
Then had to sit through that hideous Watchtower defending David. One brother actually used the words "we want to follow in David's footsteps" - I was nearly ready to vomit. Just a total gloss-over. I wonder what those 70,000 people, or Uriah, or Uzzah or Tamar would have to say about that horrible guy.
So after the meeting I thought I need to go and chill out by myself and have a nice lunch somewhere. I pulled up to restaurant and guess who's there? Yeah - the dubs. Too late to back out - they've already seen me. So there goes my idea for nice time on my own to chill out. Could it get worse? Oh yeah.
So we're sat eating and the subject of urban myths comes up. I had to mention one that was in the public talk which the speaker quoted as "fact". Then it moves on to JW-related urban myths. The elder opposite me brings up examples of dodgy illustrations and pictures like ones in the Live Forever book - I was trying to hold back and not say anything.
Then he mentions: "Oh there was that programme on TV that said JWs now accepted blood transfusions, and JWs started ringing up bethel". And I was really biting my tongue wanting to go for him on accepting blood fractions.
It got even worse from there. I can't remember if it was the elder, or someone else who mentioned the (referring to Panorama) program about child abuse in the JWs. The elder then starts to make a defense for the policy of not reporting, "what are we supposed to do? it's nothing to do with us..." and everyone else around the table pretty much nodding in agreement.
I really wanted to say something, I really did. I cannot belive I sat and ate a meal with these people and heard that conversation - I wouldn't give them the time of day if it was up to me. I feel so horrible right now, and today is just getting worse.