ok one more time
Ray franz is no different to anyone else.He deserves no more respect than the next guy, no less.
Buy his positon in the organistaion though ,he has access to much greater information than the average witness.
he no longer has a position in the org and hasn't for the last 20+ years therefore he has no access to information. And the org is a very different one then the one he left.
What he has is information and responsability.
He provided his information in the form of two books. I suppose he felt that was his responsibility.
As a governing body member and writer of wacthtower articles he will have directly affected thousands of peoples lives.
Since he isn't a gov body member he influences no one through the pages of the WT. And since JWs are not encouraged to read older material then whatever influence he used to have is pretty much nil
If there was the possability that people could read the information he has , by chance , by seeing on the net he could help more of those he affected.
There are plenty of places (like right here to get discussions of the contents of the books including direct quotes. So people do have opportunity to see all the important parts. Certainly enough for them to see the duplicity of the WTS
Is this not more important, than earning some cash?
Well I guess it depends on how hungry you are and whether you want to live on the streets. I suspect Ray and his wife would prefer at least a step above that. He doesn't charge an exorbitant rate for the book. And he has cut costs as much as possible by publishing it himself.
The vast majority of ex-witness who write on the net do so for free, why is his case different?
Prove that. Many ex-JWs have written books which they sell and for a lot more than Ray's books. And I can provide the list if you want
This is not about being stingy I again repeat I have bought the book and would have done even if it was on the net.
So I guess you are fighting for "the little guy'?
I am disscussing the principle, not attacking the person .I do not know Franz and am sure he is a nice guy.
I would assume his principles say that to continue to spread his story he better eat and have a place to live and work so he can share the story. What part of that is so difficult?
All anyone has said so far is he needs to earn some money.
OK as an author he has a right - legal right to copyright and sell his story. His story. His right.
How about those the information would help?
Anyone on the net can come here or to many other sites and get information from the book. He provided it. If they don't want to buy the book they can go to the library for free, borrow it from someone or read all the discussions on it.
Ray is a retired man - thrown out on the street because the gov body didn't want him telling them they were wrong. For his honest he got the boot. No pension. No home. No job. For a life time of service. And let's not forget he lost all his friends at the same time - people he has lived and worked with for decades.
He has provided the information. It is up to people to find ways to get it.
Just a note here. As an author I put a tremendous amount of work into what I write. Every author does. And they deserve compensation for that work.
Perhaps YOU don't think Ray should sell his story. But clearly others do and think he deserves what he can get.
Now is the horse dead yet?