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Commentary :: Human Rights
Jehovah's Witnesses Take Action Against Opposing Views
16 Mar 2006
On March 14th 2006 the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, also known as Jehovah's Witnesses, took action against a website that contained opposing views
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This website,www.davidgladden.com has existed for several years providing quotes and supplemental scans of publications and secret internal documents to demonstrate the dubious and morally questionable activities of the Watchtower Society.

For several years the Watchtower Society never took issue with the quotes and scans; however something new was recently added to the web site. The owner of the site posted an internal document from within Watchtower Society that details how they run their branch operations around the world, who writes their anonymous publications, how they control and transfer finances between countries, deal with decent in the organization, and many other revealing topics such as how they hide information in order to avoid liability. In addition to this a standards manual that describes how they write their publications was also make public.

Several months ago after another website, quotes.watchtower.ca, in Canada was sued for making available many direct quotes from Watchtower publications. The function of the website was very simple: Provide readers with a topical index of the beliefs and teachings of the Watchtower Society using nothing but verifiable direct quotes from the Watchtower Society's own publications.

Apparently "Fair Use" is not a concept understood by Jehovah's Witnesses. Peter Mosier, the owner of this website, was not able to afford the legal fees required to fight the lawsuit, so he was forced to settle out of court. The settlement required him to destroy all copies of his website and enforced a gag order against him. The Watchtower Society also took possession of the quotes.watchtower.ca domain name as part of this settlement.

Apparently the Watchtower Society is trying to crush all organized dissenting views on the Internet. Perhaps we are seeing the beginnings of an aggressive new campaign similar to the one seen with the Church of Scientology: No public dissenting views will not be tolerated. It seems this time, with the www.davidgladden.com website, the Watchtower Society used Copyright law to eliminate the embarrassing quotes from their publications in addition to embarrassing and potentially incriminating internal documents that were leaked.

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 the Watchtower society is required to provide the web hosting company with a letter that details all of the alleged copyright violations. This letter is to be written under penalty of perjury. After repeated requests the owner of the website has yet to receive this letter, yet his website was still taken down by the web hosting company. "I believe this was an unlawful take-down action", said David Gladden, the owner of the website. David Gladden added, "I don't understand how the Watchtower Society can claim any monetary losses on their part since Jehovah's Witnesses routinely distribute their copyrighted publications free of charge to the public."
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Submitted by,Danny Haszard http://www.danyhaszard.com
See also:
http://www.freeminds.org
http://www.silentlambs.org

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Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Take Action Against Opposing Views
16 Mar 2006
Thanks for posting this.
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Take Action Against Opposing Views
16 Mar 2006
I remember how they squash free speech,the next time the Jehovah's intrude at my doorstep.
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Take Action Against Opposing Views
16 Mar 2006
Jehovah's Witnesses leaders want to believe that freedom of speach applies only to them. They have the tax free donations of millions of gullible members to fund attacks against innocent people who have something to say. Jehovah's Witness leader have succesfully convinced their populace that they are the only true religion and giving to them is giving to God. What they are giving to however is a cult that controls their minds and assets, and takes freedom of speach away from anyone who speaks out against them. They use their tax free funds to also defend child molesters/ www.silentlambs.org But don't tell the truth or they will come after you with their well paid lawyers.
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Take Action Against Opposing Views
16 Mar 2006
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society claims to be God's only voice to humankind. They also claim that they are in existence to dispense spiritual food to the masses. I reality, they are a publishing company masquerading as the "Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses." This group dishonors the God of the Bible with thier doctrinal somersaults and unscriptural practices. They are modern-day Pharisees who put emphasis on outward appearances rather than on following Jesus. After examining and comparing their last 100 years of publications, including the Watchtower and Awake magazines and numerous books and other literature it is only too obvious why they are trying to suppress websites and individuals that expose them as spiritual drunkards instead of spiritual mentores.

Bob Evans
Walland, TN.
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Take Action Against Opposing Views
17 Mar 2006
what's the difference between them and any other church, the mormons, etc?
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Take Action Against Opposing Views
17 Mar 2006
what i think is awesome is that they took your site down for copyright violations... then in this press release you use a scanned image of a copyrighted work. Someone isnt too quick on the uptake...
Re: Jehovah's Witnesses Take Action Against Opposing Views
17 Mar 2006
The really amusing part is the WBTS get tax breaks by claiming to be a 'non profit organisation', and yet when filing lawsuits against people using material that they give out free, they claim monetary damages!

The only reason they want this material taken off the net, is because as they said in a recent cease and desist notice, 'the material posted is potentially misleading and embarassing to the WTBS' yet it was simply their own words that was posted on the net! Any organisation that fears people reading about it's past statements and teachings, is clearly not inspired by god at all!

I feel sorry for all the decent people trapped in this horrible controlling cult, it's not the rank and file witnesses that are the bad people, it's the manipulative and deceitful governing body of bitter old men, that rules their lives on a whim.