The Watchtower Society and Human Rights
Already on the front page of the magazine the informed reader notices the first serious problem. The magazine asks if we will ever experience Human Rights for all? Anyone familiar with Watchtower doctrine knows that this is a subtle reference to the future "Kingdom". As usual the magazine completely omit to mention how this "Kingdom" is to be realized. There is no mention of the most treasured of Watchtower doctrines and the pride and joy of all faithful Jehovah's Witnesses, namely the hitherto unprecedented genocide that will take place to make the Watchtower "Kingdom" possible. And of course the Awake! isn't interested in mentioning the Convention against Genocide, which can be summed up in these words:
So in other words, Human Rights Watchtower style is going to be ushered in beginning with the worst Human Right violation in the history of mankind. And this is of course making the Watchtower God the worst Human Right violator ever. Make any sense to you?
Awake! goes through the motions with some general information about the history of Human Rights and on pages 8-10 there is a short summary about how Human Rights stand today.
The magazine quotes article 1, of the Human Rights declaration:
The Watchtower Society, their faithful followers violates this principle grossly because they of course don't consider any non-witness in such a manner. And of course the Watchtower God doesn't care much about your rights if you're not a Jehovah's Witness.
Awake!, also mention article 4:
What about all the people who are held in servitude by Brooklyn, who has taken their families and loved ones hostage, and keep people enslaved under the threat of Df'ing and shunning?
When the magazine goes on to mention article 18, it gets really tragicomic. Article 18 sounds thus:
Unbelievable isn't it? What happens to a Jehovah's Witness who changes his religion? Do Brooklyn and their followers respect this right? Or do they implement sanctions against such a person? In the Jehovah's Witness mind only Catholics and others have this right, and only if they change their religion to being a Jehovah's Witness. After they have become a Jehovah's Witness this right disappear.
The next article quoted, article 23 is also interesting. Instead of quoting only the last part of the article as Awake!, does I will quote it in full:
Seeing what section 1 of article 23 say, one can certainly understand why Awake! didn't want to quote it. Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a "free choice of employment"? Can they without sanctions from Brooklyn work for Churches, the Military, etc? Of course not. How's the pay for Bethel workers? And how many trade unions do they have represented at Bethel? The Watchtower track record on Human Rights isn't much to brag about, is it?
Awake!, goes on to quote article 25:
As we all know, Jehovah's Witness families are denied the right to decide what kind of medical treatment they want. When it comes planning for their future welfare regarding pensions etc, we all know what effect the Watchtower Society constant shouting about the end being near, have had on such arrangements. Another Watchtower Human Right violation.
But what about all the other articles which the Awake!, didn't mention? What about article 5 for example:
How about the Watchtower Star Chamber courts? How about disfellowshipping and shunning?
Article 8 should be very interesting for anyone who want to make the Watchtower Society responsible for their many violation of Human Rights:
How does the Watchtower Society live up to article 10?:
Does the Watchtower Star Chamber courts live up to these rights? Have Jehovah's Witnesses the right to: "a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal"? We all know the answer to that.
And what about article 12:
Do Jehovah's Witnesses have this right? Do the Watchtower Society and its elders respect this?
And how does the Watchtower Society live up to article 19?:
Do Jehovah's Witnesses have "freedom of opinion and expression"? Can a Jehovah's Witness express opinions contrary to Brooklyn, without interference? Can a Jehovah's Witness, "seek, receive and impart information" without interference from Brooklyn? How does the Watchtower handle the first part of article 21?:
What happens to a Jehovah's Witness who tries to exercise this Human Right? Well, we all know the answer to that don't we?
Then on page 11, the Awake!, states that Human Rights for all is a reality all over the world! Responsible for this astonishing feat is according to the magazine a non-government education program which is going on all over the world and it is carried out by (surprise, surprise) non other than, gasp, Jehovah's Witnesses in 230 countries!! According to the magazine this is all due to a "higher source". The problem with this reasoning is that this "higher source" is the very same one that is going to carry out the unprecedented genocide, "very soon, any day now".
In this part of the magazine human rights seem to boil down to race and not waging war. And then it is introduced the old well know code word for the old millennial "Kingdom", namely "World Government". But again not a single word is said how this "World government" is to be implemented. The Awake!, concludes by stating that, if you want to know how soon this "World Government" will be a reality, you should allow the Jehovah's Witnesses to study with you, that will give you a satisfactory answer. Yeah right!
As demonstrated and documented above the Watchtower Society couldn't care less about human rights, because they violate them all the time. The only interest Brooklyn has for these rights are when they can gain something themselves, by shouting about them. As we can see they have absolutely no intention of granting these rights to their members.