Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This Blog Receives a Legal Threat

I recently received an email threatening me with legal action if I don't remove a short video clip from the Watchtower Comments series of videos. The email claimed that the clip was copyrighted. This is strange because I have nothing to do with the production of those videos. They are hosted on Youtube and I only embedded them on this site.

I learned later that the clip in question was only three seconds long. That sounds like fair use to me. If that isn't fair use, then what is? Well, the videos are now gone. I don't know if Youtube removed them or if they were removed by the producer. I hope they will be replaced soon with edited versions. I will try to embed the new videos soon after they are available. I will place them on the same blog pages as the old videos.

I hope to discuss this situation more thoroughly when I have more information. In the meantime you can check out these ongoing discussion about this issue.

"Knocking" Legal Action Against Watchtower Comments

Some of My Thoughts About Knocking's Legal Threats

Emailed Legal Threats

How to get Watchtower Comments videos back up (with Knocking section)

The three second clip in question comes from the "Knocking" documentary, a film that has caused a great deal of controversy. Here are some links.

Jehovah's Witnesses PBS Film KNOCKING Omits the Facts

KNOCKING: A New Pro-JW Documentary

Knocking on Jehovah's Witnesses

Update 4/1/08: The Watchtower Comments videos are back. See this post.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Watchtower Comments-The Memorial

Jehovah's Witnesses have been busy handing out invitations to their yearly Memorial. This video discusses what takes place at this event, including their efforts to recruit new ones and the fact that the vast majority in attendance do not partake of the emblems. In most congregations, everyone present rejects the wine and unleavened bread.

I just received my invitation a few days ago. I think it is ironic that they invited me to a meal where I'm not supposed to eat anything and where no one will talk to me. (I am being shunned, because I dared to disagree with their teachings.) I consider this kind of invitation to be less than hospitable.

Watchtower Comments-The Memorial (Special Edition)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Watchtower Comments (Special Edition with Don Cameron)

Don Cameron is the author of the book "Captives of a Concept". Listen as he describes what concept enslaves Jehovah's Witnesses.

Watchtower Comments Interview of Don Cameron

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Watchtower Comments for Week of 3/10/08

This video analyses Jehovah's Witness teachings about the "faithful and discreet slave" and the governing body.

Watchtower Comments for Week of 3/10/08 (Counted Worthy to Be Guided to Fountains of Waters of Life)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Light Has Blinded Them

See also this article about the New Light Doctrine among Jehovah's Witnesses.

Prophetic Dates of Jehovah's Witnesses-1840

"We need not here repeat the evidences that the 'seventh trumpet' began its sounding in A.D. 1840, and will continue until the end of the time of trouble." -The Watchtower Reprints, November 1890, page 1

Later, the Watchtower Society dropped this date and settled for a new one.

"The trumpet blast of the seventh angel was reflected in highlights of the Bible Students' convention in Detroit, Michigan, July 30-August 6, 1928." -Revelation, It's Grand Climax At Hand, page 172

See this page with a large collection of quotes about the Watchtower's understanding of the seven trumpet blasts.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Vintage Recordings of False Prophecies

Here are some interesting historical recordings of Judge Rutherford and Charles Sunutko making false predictions of the nearness of Armageddon.


Sunday, March 2, 2008

The Great Sodom and Gomorrah Flip Flop

Will the people who were destroyed at Sodom and Gomorrah be resurrected? It's a tough question for Jehovah's Witnesses. They were destroyed, but there was no warning work like the Jehovah's Witnesses think they are doing today. It seems inconceivable that God would destroy someone and then resurrect them for another chance. On the other hand, if God was able to just read their hearts and destroy them without giving them a warning, then the preaching work of Jehovah's Witnesses seems pointless. This kind of confusion leads to flip flops, as this video demonstrates. Jehovah's Witnesses believe the light grows brighter. In this case the light appears to be flickering.

Jehovah Gives Light to His People

See also this page with detailed quotations about this great flip flop.