Interesting that you say the term “religion” is hilarious because I’ve thought the same thing myself.
Terms like “publisher” always made me feel weird. In my early days, I refused to even open their magazines and would only use the bible. Even funnier, when I first got involved with the Witnesses, I didn’t even think I was getting involved with a religion. I saw it as a movement of some sort. Oh well. The difference I suppose that distinguishes a religion is that it would have to have some kind of mystique or smoke and mirrors- to give it a connection to the Divine. Otherwise it’s just another club. Funny how hindsight is 20//20. Well, I’m glad I’m out now.
But..getting back to the original topic of congregation deletion: if this keeps up unabated and if they keep selling off hall after hall - they are going to cause a crisis among the faithful JWs who are going to be abandoned if they cannot get to a distant hall. Needy types with their hands out will be distressed by this.
It’s going to be like that game of musical chairs. When the music stops, somebody is left without a chair. Well, if they sell off enough kingdom halls some Witnesses are going to be in the same predicament IMO!