> Trying to get the "most bang for your buck" isn't wrong at all. I would do the same and so would you!
Yes, I praise them for this because they are a publishing business and this is good business sense.
> You say the WT "begs" for money, but you have to admit that that is a very subjective feeling, yes?
>Unless you also feel that the Lutheren Church, UNICEF, Green Peace, George Bush, AMVETS, the United Negro College Fund, the Salvation Army and a million other non-profits also "beg" for money.
Unless you can show me where any of these organizations said ?When He who says: ?All the gold and silver of the mountains are mine,? fails to provide necessary funds, we will understand it to be time to suspend the publication [operation].", I fail to see the correlation between these organizations and the WTS in this discussion.
You said that the term ??beg? is subjective, well, it?s subjective to the above quote and general viewpoint of the WTS RE: donations.
> Nor could it really be said the Society has demonized the internet en toto
First, I don?t understand what Dorothy?s dog has anything to do with this.
Making me look up words Bradley, tsk, tsk
I don?t see where I ever claimed that the WTS has written off the ENTIRE [if I understand that Latin phrase correctly] Internet, just the information that doesn?t espouse their viewpoint, which is the majority of the Internet. It goes well beyond apostate and porn. Any news report that puts the WTS in a bad light is Satan?s tool. Does the WTS quote "The Guardian" anymore [UN scandal] ??? Even the R&F are told not to 'witness' or have their own page on the Internet because that?s what the WTS?s page is for. So no, the WTS hasn?t demonized the Internet on whole, just the majority of it.
> It could also be argued, from a JW perspective, that Jehovah provides through donations -- by affecting the hearts of people to donate where they can.
Agreed. But if Jehovah is affecting hearts, does there need to be the constant reminders in publications and from the platform for the R&F to donate? If it comes from the heart, it should be from that person?s heart and not the heart of Brooklyn.
At best I would say that the WTS should let the R&F know that there is an new avenue [give your estate yearly reminder..] or a new need that the WTS would like to address that the R&F are not aware of yet [new printing presses, etc..].
But to give multiple announcements at an assembly/convention that they are short of funds is about as big of news as trouble in the Middle East. R&F know they have to give, but need the WTS to beg them to give at assemblies by tying in the attendance count with the total cost to run the program. The R&F are then expected to do the math and then donate, the more well to do adjusting for the poorer in the congregation.
Otherwise the hearts of the R&F would not give enough without these constant reminders from Brooklyn?s heart. The WTS requests money often enough that I would say at this point they may as well pass the collection plate. There would be nothing wrong with that mind you, except the WTS claims they don?t need to do this because they are backed by god.
I?m all for praising them for the good so as not to undermine an ?apostate?s? other effective counter-information, but IMO this isn?t one of those cases.