Watchtower does not fear the informed, questioning believer
What a blatant lie! Unless you mean believers ‘informed by the Watchtower alone’ and believers who only ask the questions made and answered by the Watchtower itself. As for believers who truly get information from credible sources, who can think for themselves, and ask difficult, even embarrassing questions, yes definitely the Watchtower fears them. Why else would they be chased down and ultimately expelled if they don’t retract from their sin of “independent thinking”? I’m sure you’re not interested in my personal testimony on that subject, the witch hunting I was subjected to by congregation elders and the branch office because I ... wait for it ... dared to get informed and ask questions.
One episode I’ll never forget: A dear elder telling me, as we sat in his car for a “friendly advice session” after we went out together on field service: “Dear brother Eden, it’s great that you take such interest in deep spiritual matters, but you do too much thinking and studying. That’s wholly unnecessary and puts you in danger. The Organization already did all of that for us, they did all the chewing, and all we have to do is trust them and eat the [baby] paps they put on the table for us.”
I can’t think of anything more ignorant, stupidifying and dumbed down that that “friendly advice”.
So when you imply that the Witnesses value
“genuine intellectual inquire and freedom”
you really make me want to vomit with your hipocrisy. Sure, in the North-Korean way of freedom and intellectual inquire. The key word here is “genuine”, and what Watchtower think it’s genuine, or legitimate. “Genuine” means “within the boundaries set by the Watchtower”.
You betray yourself when you attack the critical scholarship because it undermines unity of thought. Perhaps you believe that “genuine” scholarship should be acritical and tame? That’s the loaded language of tyrants and their authoritarian regimes. That’s the same imagery used by Franz and Covington on the Walsh trial case (read the transcript here) when they openly admitted that, even if the Watchtower published falsities, the Witnesses should take them at face value, unquestionably, because it was imperative that they, as an army, marched in unity of thought. And, as in an army, those who don’t march in unity, are nothing but troublemakers who deserved to be put to death. Plainly stated like that.
At one judicial committee, my best friend, an elder, turned to me and said that I deserved death because my “information” and “questioning” led me to disagree with one particular Watchower teaching. Some friend huh. That’s what “Watchtower education” does to believers: not only makes them ill-equipped with grammar; turns them into moral monsters.