I sincerely hope they are trying to mainstream the religion. A kinder, gentler version of the WTS would be at worst kooky. The WTS today does untold damage to individuals and families. To go mainstream, though, they are going to have to drop some of their more damaging dogmas.
- Blood transfusions = ingesting blood = disassociating act
- Shun apostates, disfellowshipped ones, disassociated ones, weak ones
- Christendom's Churces are Babylon the Great
I would be thrilled if the WTS would join the great brotherhood of churches. Then at least those that leave the organization have a place to go. There are signs, however, that they are instead tightening up the rules and closing their ranks. Russia dropped their damaging totalitarian dogma (at great cost to the country, by the way). China has not. Both have been successful in their own way. My guess is that there is no one head of the great WTS organization, and that there are conflicting forces at work. Moderates vs Hardliners. The hardliners, at the moment, appear to have the upper hand.
Hillbilly has a point. The lawyers may end up ruling the ship. Recent policy changes such as "disassociating act" and "conscience matter" is attempting to dump all culpability in the individual member's lap. If the lawyers have their way, the written materials will become more convoluted, incomprehensible, and bland.