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Answering Watchtower’s Accusation That I Present Things Out of Context

In the March 2018 broadcast of the online TV channel of Jehovah’s Witnesses, governing body member Gerrit Losch took a stab at recent criticisms made on social media about the religion, wanting to dispel those criticisms as “rumor.” Losch made specific mention of quotes taken from lawyers involved in court cases of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and posed the question of how quotes can be “rumors.” He said that quotes taken out of context could be misrepresented, and then considered as rumor. You can view the entire video at this site, and his remarks about these supposed “rumors” start at about the 14:00 mark.

I’m not arrogant enough to assume that the governing body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is talking about me directly, but I did recently write up a post about an outright lie the religion’s own attorney made during a court case in Canada. This case was filed by a disfellowshipped (excommunicated) Witness, and, during his arguments, the attorney for the JWs said that when a person is shunned by Jehovah’s Witnesses, “normal family relations continue, with the exception of spiritual fellowship.”

Anyone familiar with the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses knows that this is absolutely untrue, and you can read that post above for more information on that subject. Getting back to this assertion made by Losch, however, where he claimed that statements made on social media are “out of context” and therefore only rumor; that’s a bold-faced lie on his part, as the post I wrote above included a clip of the entire presentation by the lawyer. This was done purposely so that readers could hear his statement in context, and I even introduced the clip with the sentence, “Listen to that statement here, in its context.”

Presenting things properly to my audience, ensuring that you can always see things in context, is very important to me; the above blog post is not the only time I’ve ensured you, the reader of this site or listener of my videos, have had a fair chance to see and hear things as they’ve been presented:

 

These are just a few clips I managed to pull in a short time that specifically used the phrase “in context” (and the only ones I could find where my hair wasn’t completely wonky and weird).

Accusing detractors of the Watchtower of taking things out of context when so many activists and advocates actually take great pains to present quotes, reference materials, and websites as accurately as possible, and with its surrounding context intact, is inexcusably deceitful of Losch. It’s also another demonstration of the horrific priorities of Jehovah’s Witnesses; rather than giving an honest answer to the accusations of their lawyer lying in court, they simply dismiss those criticisms as untrustworthy rumor, propaganda, “fake news,” or “apostate lies.” They care little about the damage their policies do to individuals and family, much less do they care about the lying insults they hurl at we advocates, and only care about preserving their image, no matter the cost.

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