Decent media coverage of Watchtower’s Brooklyn real estate sell-offs tends to be few and far between, but it seems the Brooklyn Daily Eagle has flown to the rescue.
A video has been released showing reporter Dipti Kumar at various locations around Brooklyn explaining some of the deals that Watchtower has pushed through.
The video is of particular interest because it freely lists some of the eye-watering sums of money that have changed hands in these property transactions.
Watchtower coverage of the deals over on JW.org tellingly omits any mention of actual figures, leaving Witnesses in the dark as to how much the organization is profiting from the sell-offs.
This video redresses that balance, and because it is neutral and non-antagonistic, it should be easy for believing Witness friends and relatives to watch.
As this website has already reported, Watchtower stands to gain over 1 billion in proceeds from its Brooklyn sell-offs. In this video, Kumar reveals that as of late February there are still 16 properties remaining unsold which “have developers’ mouths watering.”
By way of contrast, a third party real estate website has published an estimated figure of $11.5 million in building costs for Watchtower’s new 253-acre Warwick Headquarters.
No doubt a substantial reason for this unbelievably low estimate is the fact that the new headquarters is being built by a volunteer workforce who are under the impression that they are involved in a project that has God’s backing and is akin to the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls by Nehemiah. So enthusiastic are some volunteers that they have even given up their jobs to help on the project.
Meanwhile the Governing Body has recently reminded pioneers and missionaries that the whole property flip scheme represents evidence that they are “not sentimentally attached to material things” and thus worthy of imitation. This assertion makes perfect sense so long as you are prepared to disqualify 1 billion dollars from consideration as “material things.”