I live in Indianapolis and didn't even know they were having a convention here...... I guess I'm officially out of touch.
Chautauqua Salute makes a comeback at the Indianapolis Regional convention 7/13/14
In all fairness, the waving of handkerchiefs this time was very much a greeting from the international delegates and the rest of the audience, and was not directed at Sanderson. I'm not even sure he was still on the stage at that time. In contrast, the Chautauqua Salute pre-1916 was definitely a greeting in honor of Pastor Russell. I recall reading in P.S.L. Johnson's books that it was considered presumptuous when after Russell's death, the Chautauqua Salute was given to another speaker, like only Russell could receive it. Johnson was so fixated on Pastor Russell that he was shocked when someone else was saluted in this manner.
I don't know when the Chautauqua salute was purged, but I'm sure that by the mid '30's when the flag salute issue came up, anything with the name 'salute' had to go.
Its like a political party, or a national identity, a brand loyalty, it needs symbols, the jw org website is a symbol for them, then the objects, the white flags, hats, pins
I wonder why they didn't select a white glove instead of a white handkerchief. I mean, that would have been really cool. They could have gone for the world record on the number of people dancing to Thriller simultaneously.
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