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News :: Social Welfare
Jehovah's Witnesses file $100,000 suit to Silence Whistle-blower Website
23 Sep 2005
Watchtower leaders sue member for copyright infringement of 'God's Word'.
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TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - Legal proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court were initiated on September 8, 2005 by the WatchTower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania (hereinafter WTBTS), the legal corporation used by Jehovah’s Witnesses for their publishing operations, against Peter Mosier, owner and operator of the website located at:
http://quotes.watchtower.ca.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, who publicly trumpet their past legal battles to protect freedom of the press, expression, and religion,file suit for monetary damages against a web site that does nothing more than quote interesting excerpts from their own religious literature, which they have printed and freely distributed to the public for decades.

The law suit seeks monetary punitive damages and a court ordered silencing of the aforementioned website, which does nothing more than provide a well researched and topically organized collection of interesting and esoteric quotations from more than one hundred years of religious literature published by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Why would WTBTS leadership want to shut down a web site that did nothing more than quote from their own religious literature? The very nature of these quotations is embarrassing to them, as they surprisingly admit in their court filing under paragraph 31,

"The Defendant’s main purpose in operating the website is… to try to embarrass the Plaintiffs by quoting selectively from some of the Religious Works…"

From their own printed words the web site documents years of their failed prophecies, constantly changing Bible chronology, flip-flopping doctrinal changes, bizarre medical advice, and dogmatic teachings that many consider physically and emotionally harmful.

Also included are Witness quotations demonizing the Internet, the Media, the United Nations, and other non-Witness entities as ‘tools of the Devil.’ Obviously, the WTBTS would rather these embarrassing writings be quietly ignored or entirely forgotten, and they are willing to resort to legal action to make it so.

This in spite of their public sentiment expressed in the August 15, 1950 issue of The Watchtower, page 263, "The Watchtower… invites careful and critical examination of its contents in the light of the Scriptures." In the May 15, 1957 issue of The Watchtower, on pages 313-315 the WTBTS encouraged readers thusly, "Do you dig out older publications to expand and deepen your knowledge on subjects about which questions arise? Have you really studied these earlier publications? ... There is much in the way of spiritual riches and aids toward mature knowledge in these earlier publications, and their study is most certainly worth your time."

Many of the publications quoted on the web site are no longer in print and are no longer distributed by Jehovah’s Witnesses, except in the form of digital text on a CD-ROM compilation that is produced by WTBTS and distributed free of charge to Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide. Another indication that their own past teachings are a public embarrassment to Jehovah’s Witnesses is one of the requirements of the End User License Agreement (EULA) contained on their CD-ROM, as mentioned in paragraph 20 of their filing,


"The License Agreement states that each CD-ROM is for the personal use of Jehovah’s Witnesses only, and prohibits… any dissemination of large sections of the CD-ROM to anyone who has not agreed to be bound by the terms of the License Agreement."

Paragraph 21 states, "The content of the CD-ROMs is not readily available to the general public. Some of the content is intended only for Jehovah’s Witnesses… Accordingly, the CD-ROMs constitute confidential information."

Why would WTBTS consider the text of their own out of print religious publications to be "confidential", in light of the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses are well known world wide for the zealous distribution of this same religious literature (by the billions of copies) free of charge to the public? Remembering his door-to-door distribution of such literature as a former Witness himself, Mr. Mosier said, "I don't recall it being labeled as such when I was delivering it to stranger’s homes!"

One can only assume that they do not desire the public to be able to easily document the changing nature of their teachings and the existence of past teachings that are embarrassing to them at the present time. Hence the current legal attempt to silence a website that does just that.

In conclusion, their filing claims in paragraph 34,"As a result of his activities, the Plaintiffs have suffered and will continue to suffer damages, including but not limited to loss of reputation and goodwill."

First, it is hard to imagine that the web site is causing them any financial damage, since the WTBTS has distributed its publications publicly and free of charge for the last several decades. Secondly, it is more reasonable to believe that any "loss of reputation and goodwill" is the result of the shifting and bizarre nature of some of their teachings as found in the pages of their own publications, rather than any overt activities of Peter Mosier and his web site.

Peter Mosier, registered owner of the aforementioned domain and designer of the web site, is a former member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion. After years sincerely believing the claim of the Witnesses’ leadership to be ‘God’s sole channel of communication to mankind,’ Mr. Mosier was heartbroken to find that he had not been taught the truth about the religion’s history and the development of their current beliefs. In a spirit of scholarship, research, and fairness he created the web site to accurately document the Witnesses’ own self-incriminating words.
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Contact: Peter Mosier Toronto, Ontario, Canada
WEBSITE http://quotes.watchtower.ca.
See also:
http://quotes.watchtower.ca.
http://www.freeminds.org

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Re: Jehovah's Witnesses file $100,000 suit to Silence Whistle-blower Website
24 Sep 2005
The vast majority of people who know nothing about Jehovah's Witnesses, other than as a punchline to bad jokes, may be curious as to why the general public should be concerned about a lawsuit which seeks to stop the flow of information about the JW Cult.

Here is a brief historical summary of the JWs and their cult recruitment propaganda:

Since 1876, when WatchTower Society founder Charles Taze Russell started preaching that Jesus Christ had returned in 1874, and that the rapture would occur in 1878 (thereafter revised to 1881 for obvious reasons), the religious group known today as "Jehovah's Witnesses" have repeatedly published prophecies which did not come true, after which they revised their own history in order to conceal their failures from the next bunch of victims which they would snare with their next bunch of false prophecies.

Charles Taze Russell preached for four decades that the Bible's "Battle of Armageddon" would occur in October 1914. When that WatchTower prophecy did not come true, Russell re-prophesied Armageddon for October 1915. After Russell's second failure in as many years, many of Russell's followers finally realized that Russell was a false prophet, and fled the cult. Fully exposed for the charlatan that he was, Russell's health deteriorated, and he died the following October 1916, interestingly on Halloween Day.

By the time Russell died in 1916, the loss of book buyers and book sellers had nearly resulted in the cult's financial collapse. Doing what they did best, Russell's remaining followers decided to replenish their depleted ranks and depleted coffers by publishing a new book with new prophecies of calamady for all who did not join the WatchTower cult. By mid 1917, THE FINISHED MYSTERY was rushed off the presses, and as planned, the sensational prophecies found in its pages made it a guaranteed moneymaker, as literally hundreds of thousands of copies were snatched up by Americans terrified by World War I.

However, the need for quick cash had resulted in poor business judgment. Russell's followers failed to heed the lesson Russell had learned the hard way back in the late 1870s, when Russell had set his 1878 and 1881 false prophesies too close in time.

THE FINISHED MYSTERY boldly prophesied: "Also, in the year 1918, when God destroys the churches wholesale and the church members by millions, it shall be that any that escape shall come to the works of Pastor Russell to learn the meaning of the downfall of 'Christianity.'" -- TFM, page 485.

As if setting calamitous prophecies for "the year 1918" was not sensational enough to foster book sales in mid-1917, THE FINISHED MYSTERY went on to set "April 27, 1918" as the time when GOD would destroy millions of churches and church members because they had not joined in as cult followers of Charles Taze Russell:

"Pastor Russell's voice was stilled in death on October 31, 1916. If
an application of Ezekiel's period of dumbness is valid here as a time feature, the tidings, the realization that Christendom is smitten by the onslaughts of revolution, might be expected to flash throughout the world on or about April 27, 1918, a year, five months and twenty-six days after the death of God's great watchman. As in Ezekiel 24:27,
this would be a sign, an indication to Christendom of the truth of Pastor Russell's commission from the Almighty." -- TFM, page 530.

According to THE FINISHED MYSTERY, around the same time that GOD would destroy the millions of churches and church members "on or about April 27, 1918", loyal followers of Charles Taze Russell would be raptured to heaven. Various calamities would follow in 1919, and then:

"As the fleshly-minded apostates from Christianity, siding with the radicals and revolutionaries, will rejoice at the inheritance of desolation that will be Christendom's after 1918, so will God do to the successful revolutionary movement; it shall be utterly desolated, "even all of it." Not one vestige of it shall survive the ravages of world-wide all-embracing anarchy, in the fall of 1920."

These excerpts are only a sampling of the numerous (and now humorous) prophesies found in the nearly 600 pages of THE FINISHED MYSTERY. Whether the WatchTower Society was a "true prophet" or a "false prophet" speaks for itself.

By 1920, the WatchTower Society was promoting a new sensational book to replace THE FINSIHED MYSTERY as the WatchTower Society's latest "cash cow". This new book had the appealing title: MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE. This new book prophesied:

" ... we may expect 1925 to witness the return of these faithful men of Israel from the condition of the dead, being fully resurrected and fully restored to perfect humanity and made the visible, legal representatives of the new order of things on earth. ... the great jubilee cycle is due to begin in 1925. At that time the earthly phase of the kingdom shall be recognized. ... Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the faithful prophets of old, ... ." -- pages 88-90.

This cycle of false prophecies repeated itself during the following decades, but the WatchTower Cult continued to grow as it always retained some victims who were willing to replace the last failed prophecy with the glowing promises of the next.

It took the WatchTower Society from the 1870s until the mid-1960s to reach their first 1,000,000 members. However, by the mid-1970s membership reached 2,000,000 members. How did the WatchTower manage to double its membership in such a short timespan? You guessed correctly. In 1966, the WatchTower Society started prophesying that the "Battle of Armageddon" would occur in October 1975. Again, whether the WatchTower Society was a "true prophet" or a "false prophet" speaks for itself.

Since 1975, there were "hints" at 1984 and 1994, and Jehovah's Witnesses now count nearly 6,500,000 door-knockers, with roughly an additional 10,000,000 victims and potential victims attending their meetings.

There have been numerous doctrinal revisions since the 1870s, which have resulted in "the light getting brighter and brighter", according to JWs. Today, the WatchTower Society teaches that in 1918 that Jesus Christ conducted an audit/inspection of all christian-professing religions in order to select one single group as his sole earthly representatives. The WatchTower Society teaches that they were the only "christians" who were teaching "truth" in 1918, and that Jesus Christ selected them in 1919 to be his sole representatives on earth to preach his truth before he returns to destroy all persons who fail to become "Jehovah's
Witnesses".

This is the track record which JWs should disclose to the general public every time they knock on someone's front door.