Sorry Watchtower! (You may be an abusive organization, but you didn’t fake a recording)

Sorry-NoteMy aim with this website has always been to be as honest as possible in any criticism of Watchtower. When I get it wrong, or cast aspersions that turn out to be unsubstantiated, I want to be quick to hold my hands up and say: “My bad!”

With this in mind, I want to reassure readers that Watchtower did NOT fake the recording of Yuriy Dobychin that appears in the July 2016 JW Broadcasting episode.

A JWsurvey reader has brought it to my attention that a recording of the relevant part of the 1958 Divine Will convention exists online. After checking it, it is obvious that the same recording featured on the video was played at the convention, and in his original talk Rutimann did read the part about the Russians being persecuted by Soviet authorities.

I have no idea why this part about persecution would be subsequently omitted from the 1958 convention report, as it seems to be extremely relevant information for readers at the time (more relevant than other bits of information included in the report). Regardless, I made a wrong call in devoting so much time and effort to exploring the likelihood of Watchtower misleading Witnesses in this matter, and I want to sincerely apologise to the JW Broadcasting producers accordingly.

Yes, Watchtower may be devastating families through its cruel shunning practices, killing Witnesses by coercing them into refusing certain medical treatments, and covering up child abuse on an industrial scale. But there is still no excuse for sharing information about Watchtower that creates a false impression – even if this is presented as a possibility rather than an established fact. There is plenty that Watchtower can legitimately be called to account for, without worrying about problems that do not exist.

So as not to perpetuate the claim I have decided to remove the relevant minutes from my JW Broadcasting rebuttal, but with a link to this article included as an annotation by way of transparency. I don’t usually get it wrong in my rebuttals of Watchtower propaganda, but when I do – I want to own it.

Many thanks to the JWsurvey reader James Vigo for bringing this to my attention. And once again, I’m sorry!

 

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78 thoughts on “Sorry Watchtower! (You may be an abusive organization, but you didn’t fake a recording)

  • September 7, 2016 at 11:02 am
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    Thank you for your articles which I always read with interest!
    I know it’s out of topic but I want to bring of your attention the new film which is at the Venice film festival called ‘La ragazza del mondo’ one of the few films ever made on Jw.
    I think this is a great way to bring the attention on some of the major issues with Jw. I’m looking forward to see it as soon as it’s out!
    I’d love to hear your comments if any!

  • September 8, 2016 at 8:25 am
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    Watchtower, why on earth would I want to live forever on earth with child sex offenders? That does not sound like paradise to me, it sound more like hell.

    There is a very good reason why God hates immoral sex. It is not because he flipped a coin on his laws.

    • September 8, 2016 at 9:27 am
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      @ Doc Obvious

      Your question is right on! However it could be expanded to “why on earth would I want to live forever on earth with child sex offenders” and an earth filled with boot licking snitchers?

  • October 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm
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    Maybe they didn’t want to cause unnecessary trouble for the Russian brothers by printing the whole text. It might have antagonized the authorities further with dangerous consequences

  • October 22, 2016 at 6:58 pm
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    Apology not needed, since this is simply “New Light” ;-)

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