A story circulating among JWs in New Zealand in the early to mid-1970s involved Glen Campbell hating the Witnesses. At one of his concerts, he allegedly asked JWs in the audience to stand up. When they did so, they were heckled by Glen and the rest of the audience and booed out of the venue.
Why would he do that, even if he hated them? Wouldn't it back fire? And why would any Witnesses in the audience feel compelled to stand up? What was at stake?
Oh, and around that time, John Denver's alleged hate-filled views on the JWs spread through local congregations like wild-fire.
Even back then, I smelled a rat. These were most likely little more than the over-heated imaginings of persecution-sensitive Witnesses trying to intensify the rush of hoped-for persecution to fire up the faith.