Bill Bowen wrote about Ray Franz in
his silence regarding abuse causes me to question his ability to stand for what is morally and ethically right.
Ray Franz is now an old man, and allowances may be made for this in his evident reluctance to accept that the Watchtower New World Society is a Pedophile Paradise on Earth, which is a fact.
Ray was never one of the innermost intra-GB ("Gibbering Baboon") circle, and so the evidence of widespread abuse was not directly presented to him.
And Ray deserves a great deal of credit for his courage in his public attacking of "Mother". However, he did so reluctantly - remember he was pushed out, and did not leave. Had he not been evicted, would a "Crisis of Conscience" or "In Search of Christian Freedom" ever have been written, or would he have continued to merely drift away gently, refusing to come to terms with how he had, blind or with wide-shut eyes, assisted in Spiritual Murder for decades?
I agree the relative mildness of his books make them more useful in weakening the faith of many waverers, and helping them to make the first steps on the way out of "The Truth".
And he is a competent, at times inspiring, writer; a rare thing today. Not inspired, though! Or even "inspired".
All this said, Franz remains till today somewhat mentally and emotionally enmeshed in the cult web and cannot accept that he was either (a) absolutely conned and himself made a jackass of by the ludicrous WT propaganda and manipulation; or (b) had for many years deliberately closed his mind to the growing evidence that he was living a wicked lie.
To believe there are now almost "only Victims" left within it, and hardly any perpetrators, is idiocy of a high order. Where there are ignorant, stupid or tricked sheep, wolves are always to be found as well.
Ray still wishes to believe there is a lot of good within the Whoreganization (there is nothing good within it) and that reform is possible (nonsense - the Whore only understands the taste of the lash). This naivete makes the inner knowledge he has of the many, many utterly wasted years of his life, spent serving at the breasts of a Great Evil Spiritual Prostitute, more bearable, I guess.
Either way, to me Ray Franz is, and remains, a borderline Cult Apologist.
Like "Friend". So exactly like "F iend", that if I did not know better I would swear...
No, you are right: I do not wholly forgive Ray. He can NEVER atone enough. That comes from the nature and enormity of his sin, or his failing if you prefer.
If he wishes he had done much more to try to right the wrongs before he was ejected, he should say so in public. AFAIK, he never has. That is how a truly great person would act. Not that doing so would make him great. He lost his chance for that long ago.
Of course he would have been expelled for having acted as a great man would. Better that, than to make excuses and slide off, protesting and contesting his DFing until he realized he was "doomed".
And I wish Ray well, and a happy life. There is a lot of good in him. I completely understand, and sympathize with, his dilemma and his moral cowardice. Now, I believe he is honest and sincere (the abovementioned doublethink notwithstanding: basically, he cannot face up to the full horror of what he helped to thrive).
I am happy that Ray Franz lived and lives. I cannot say the same about any single other person who held or holds a post above a certain level within the Watchtower Blather and Trappem Sicksiety.
But real greatness? No way. No, no, no.
Bill Bowen shows somewhat more greatness and moral courage than Ray. No question. "Why argue about it?"
So - right on, Bill!
The only way to hurt the Whore Class is in the pocket, and we are doing that. The main sources of funds are from the developed, Internet-wired countries, and growth in numbers and receipts there has stopped - and will hopefully both decline soon.
Plenty of lawsuits will help.
The Watchtower and the Spiritual Pimps who service it prey upon the innocent and the vulnerable. That is how the whole moneymaking MLM SCAM has been designed and how it has been constructed and how it is run.
The damage they have done and still do to families and relationships is incalculable.
In the words of the "Prominent Bethelite":
The Watchtower Society and the Jehovah's Witnesses Cult is an embodiment of SPIRITUAL PORNOGRAPHY, a WOLFISH TRICK, a MOST FILTHY LIE, a CHEAT, a SCAM, a DISGUSTING ABOMINATION, a BLASPHEMOUS INSULT, a WICKED FRAUD, a DISGRACE, a SCANDAL, a PEDOPHILE PARADISE - and a DAMNED OUTRAGE from start to finish.
Whatever bad and cruel and nasty and insulting things that the Farkel Class says about the Watchtower and its Daughter Harlots the Enabling Class - the Watchtower is FAR WORSE - and it, and those who knowingly participate in its fiendish plan, deserve FAR WORSE than even the AlanF Class seems to want for them.
Russell, Joe Rutherford, Knorr, F.Franz and their modern-day antitypes and shameless enablers to me are akin to Hitler, Joe Goebbels, Himmler, Goering and their jackbooted S.S. murderers. Little wonder that S.S. Reichsfuehrer Himmler unambiguously expressed his admiration for Watchtower-inspired and Brooklyn-controlled fanaticism - after all, they ran parallel organizations, and Himmler explicitly stated he wanted his stormtroopers to mimic the blind, insane obedience showed by j-Goober's Witlesses.
The same fate that met these sorts of Nazis should meet these Spiritually-Criminal members of Satan's visible Organization.
I hope (though I do not at all believe) that there is a Hell. For it is Hell where the Swine Class of hypocrites, cheats, blasphemers and filthy, disgusting liars and Spiritual Criminals and Spiritual Rapists and Spiritual Sodomizers and Spiritual Pornographers and Spiritual Murderers who run (at every level) the False Prophet Borg deserve to be sent, and deserve to stay forever, roasting in agony.
Evil must be hated and must be fought and nothing, not even love, is more important than this. Oh, sure. I know how to HATE, you do not need to remind me. It is pretty evident. I was taught how to, by the professionals at hatred. The Wicked Jehovah's Witnesses Whoreganization. One bit of Cultic training I choose not to discard...
I don't hate people, though, just the wickedness that lies within people and things.
(Death to the Disgusting Watchtower Thing! Class)
Edited by - Focus on 28 October 2002 6:53:7