there is nothing shady about the Society filing an Amicus Brief in regard to this Swaggart thing. An Amicus Brief is filed in cases in which the verdict could set a precedent that would or could have an adverse affect on other parties not involved in the suit
The action by the WTS in and of itself regarding the Swaggart situation is not that big of a scandal....
When you live your whole life being taught and convinced that all other religions are false and doomed for destruction, that worshippers of the true God do not have interfaith or in any other way associate with any other false religion and that the true religion, the one we were supposedly in, does not get involved in the affairs of the world, the actions of the WTS in this situation smacks of hypocrisy.
Maybe it is being a bit nitpicky, charging them with hypocrisy, when they were just trying to be proactive in protecting their assets and trying to keep from being taxed. But it was the WTS who set themselves up on that pedestal of being oh, so righteous and above all other religions and man-made governments and organizations. So, it's only natural to be dissillusioned and upset when you see what you thought was God's organization fraternizing with God's enemies.
Another thing that gives the charge of hypocrisy credence is that the WTS came out in the name of "simplifying" as to why they were eliminating the charge for publications and setting up a "donation" arrangement. I never knew about the Swaggart connection until after I left the JWs. I never knew it was about taxes and not about "simplifying".
While this "scandal" wasn't about befriending a false religion, and it's not the scandal that becoming involved with the UN as an NGO is, and it's not be a doctrinal mistruth as 607/1914, it is another nail in the coffin as to the WTS being a lying and deceitful organization hiding behind the shroud of religion to protect its publishing empire.