Is The Time Coming Soon When We Can Sue The Watchtower Corporation For Damages From Mind Control And Bankrupt Them?
I think as we become a more enlightened society in the future we will be able to.I think laws of this nature may be in the works in some countries right now perhaps not addressing the actual mind control issue in those terms but laws to protect its subject from those that use those tactics to harm their people through fraudulent means. So I think the WT hope for financial survival in the information age is very slim. Look at what Spain, Russia, are already doing.
But they may just go under financially from way sooner because of multple lawsuits and loss of charity status in one country after another.
What is Spain doing and it would be nice if a suit was braught and see what the courts would say.
Unfortunately, the legal system has not yet matured to that level. Maybe in the future.
No. And I wouldn't want governments or the courts concerning themselves with nonsense like this anyway.
In December 2007, after an investigation, the Social Security office of Spain issued a ruling that the Madrid Bethel was required to provide a pension for those who worked in its printing facilities. Historically, Bethel workers receive no such benefits. Upon joining the Bethel “family” they take a vow of poverty and are inducted into a religious order, not unlike a Catholic monastery. While at Bethel they receive a small monthly stipend for personal items in addition to room and board. Though they are working in a modern printing operation, they are viewed as religious volunteers and have no workers’ compensation benefits or pension to support them, if injury, health, age, or other circumstances should force them out of their Bethel “home”.
In recent years, the Watch Tower has seen a fair share of corporate downsizing. This has been particularly felt in the United States headquarters, which has experienced significant cutbacks within the New York Bethel family. Many men and women in their youth were encouraged to make service at Bethel a “life career”, at the expense of family, education, and a secular career. They entered Bethel with the idea that they would stay there for the rest of their life, making it their “home”. Now as older adults they are feeling the sting of cutbacks as they are asked to leave their Bethel home, starting all over again in the secular world without pensions or without having contributed toward retirement or Social Security. This is the current situation in Madrid, where it is estimated that up to 200 Bethel workers are being asked to leave without reassignment.
The Spanish Social Security office’s decision to hold the Madrid Bethel responsible for providing benefits for printing factory workers and other members of the order presents a considerable financial hit in a religious organization that has already experienced hardships in tough economic times. This has caused some Spanish Witnesses to believe that the decision to relocate printing operations to another country is specifically motivated by the fiscal implications of the Social Security office’s decision, despite what the Branch Office claims about the reorganization being motivated by other factors such as simplification.
The Spanish Witnesses who might normally completely trust the decisions made by the organization’s leadership have reason to be suspicious. After losing their petition against providing Social Security benefits to Bethel workers, the Spanish Branch Office of Jehovah’s Witnesses sent a letter to the local congregations announcing the new provision. In the letter, Witness leadership implies that it was they who petitioned Social Security for entry into the system in order to provide benefits. The congregations were kept in the dark about the real reason that these contested benefits were being provided to those in the religious order
Without talking about actual mind control, I believe that there would be grounds for "Fraud".
If someone in good standing goes about and talks to people about the various bad things that the watchtower has thought, written and done, how long do you think it would take for this person to be labeled an Apostate?
Now, if they do discipline someone for simply stating things that are verifiable facts, you'd have the right to ask why? This would mean that they are deliberately trying to HIDE facts and thus, mislead their followers. Since these followers give donations (time and money), this is nothing less than fraud. What needs to be proven is the intent to mislead.
For now, I think pedo case settlements and court losses, still-in TTATTers "voting with their wallets", and potential loss of tax-exempt status are probably the most effective ways to hemorrhage the Org's money.
Not that other techniques wouldn't work in the future.