Double speak of the Watchtower

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  • never a jw
    never a jw

    Sorry, this may have been covered ad nauseam before, but since it is blatant double speak of the Watchtower, I felt it would be good to write a reminder of that. Below is an extract where the Watchtower makes an effort to point out to the Royal Commission that among their members there are professionals with higher education, such as doctors and lawyers. What they conveniently fail to mention is that the WT leadership repeatedly in writing and in approved public speeches discourages, even denigrate the pursuit of higher education. Obviously they don't make any reference to research that points out that JW's are among the least educated and with the lowest income.

    Also, I find it so hypocritical that they tell the ARC that JW's seek help from qualified professionals in the areas of mental health. They failed to mention that their version of mental health professional is commonly a window washer whose professional knowledge is limited to tendentious interpretations of the Bible and is in complete submission to the Governing Body.

    "Based on their understanding of the Bible’s teachings, Jehovah's Witnesses are taught to respect the government and they do not isolate themselves from human society.1 As was pointed out during the public hearings of the Royal Commission, Jehovah’s Witnesses have as members, amongst others, lawyers, doctors, psychologists, policemen and policewomen, and members of many other occupations and callings.2 When needed, Jehovah’s Witnesses seek help from qualified professionals in the fields of law, medicine and mental health. Most Jehovah’s Witnesses have family members who belong to other religions or who are atheists....At times, Jehovah’s Witnesses are the subject of misconceptions. When examined objectively, such views are found to be distorted or untrue" (Submission on behalf of the WBTS of Australia to the Royal Commission, p 7,8)

  • Finkelstein

    Jehovah's Witnesses are taught to respect the government and they do not isolate themselves from human society

    The fact is the WTS places a wall around its devoted members such as discouraging higher education, participation in local community events, charitable or otherwise.

    The WTS also propagates the distancing their members from having close personal friends and associations who are not JWS.

    They are also instructed to not have any involvement with government institutions and operations, yet the WTS was a registered member of the UN for a decade or more, done secretly by the WTS leaders.

  • Hecce

    At some point "double speak" becomes a lie, the Watchtower is way, way past that point.

  • steve2

    It's called "spin" and "impression management". Commission's of Inquiry often have the very best minds who know that groups being investigated try to put forward their very best explanations and impressions.

  • DesirousOfChange

    I watched some of the ARC videos. Angus Stewart or Peter McClellan do not appear to be the kind of guys that will buy into the WTS BS. Angus knew the contents and policies of the Elders Manual better than did the WTS men. His line of questioning set them up for the hard fall they experienced. These guys are professionals. . . . . Doc

  • Esse quam videri
    Esse quam videri

    ...Commission's of Inquiry often have the very best minds...

    This certainly describes the ARC. It set the standard for every country. Some questioning could have been pursued to a deeper level or more aggressively, as many posters here have commented on, [this knowledge comes from years in the organization] however, the surgical precision demonstrated by Royal Commission Senior Council Angus Stewart was a model for all future Commissions. Thrilling to some, chilling to others.

  • freddo

    @the almighty fanny.

    Seems you're not getting any. Boo Hoo.

    Your name describes yourself well.

  • Chook

    Classic double speak is that the cult discourages higher education but when bethel needs a free dentist doctor or lawyer they specifically invite such brothers to bethel, yet condemn such ones in print for going to university.

  • Vidiot

    It never fails to make me shake my head in bemusement when I think about the degree of isolationism the Org requires of its members, and the multiple ways something like that can and does come back to bite them on the ass later.

  • never a jw
    never a jw

    "At times, Jehovah’s Witnesses are the subject of misconceptions."

    What misconceptions???...

    that you are against higher education,

    that you are as a religious group one of the least educated,

    that you advise suicidal victims to pray more, don't fail Jehovah and don't listened to the taunter, instead of advising the victim to seek professional help,

    that you encourage homophobia,

    that you protect pedophiles and money more than children,

    that you promote a persecution complex among your members in order to distrust outsiders including government and media,

    that you tailor your Bible to your preconceived ideas.

    that you destroy families by prohibiting contact with those whose only "sin" is to use critical thinking skills and research

    No, those are misconceptions, those are facts that are proven by the evidence in your speeches, written material, policies, manuals, videos, books, assemblies' lectures.

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