never a jw,
You know, I actually agree with you. Most anything can be viewed as a phallic symbol to somebody. Just like, you can find pagan origins in most anything if you choose to waste your time looking.
To me, it's just the WT having their own reasoning thrown back at them. They want to make a big stink about Christendom's phallic symbols when they have their own phallic symbols plastered all over their own magazines.
And, I could be wrong about this, but I believe the whole "steeple is a phallic symbol" thing was brought to their attention in a book called "The Two Babylons". A book that, while not published by the WT, was heavily endorsed and read by the WT back when my mother came into the "Truth" in the 60's.