I found this quote a nice summary of the problem with WT beliefs.
The Smart Case and Religious Certainty
...In some ways, new religious movements are responses to some of the more noxious aspects of modern life. These sects often seek to compensate for the epidemics of loneliness, environmental degradation and meaninglessness that bedevil so much of our culture. In that way, they can be useful safety valves.
But when they get sucked into the plague of our era - false certainty - they become menticidal and leave ruin in their wake. Mitchell's myopic attraction to polygamy - and, worse, his apparent willingness to kidnap children to marry so he could live out his vision - was an example.
So the lesson in the Mitchell affair is the same lesson in any disaster rooted in false and fearful religion: Belief systems that allow no alternative interpretations are almost inevitably calamitous.
Knight Ridder Newspapers, Mar. 31, 2003 (Opinion)
BY BILL TAMMEUS, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Bill Tammeus is an editorial page columnist for The Kansas City Star.