Scare quotes: watching The Watchtower.
Like similar cases brought by the Church of Scientology, the suit presents the surreal spectacle of a religion trying to stymie the free distribution of its own teachings. And like the Scientologists, Jehovah's Witnesses have a history of championing free speech laws that allow aggressive proselytizing. The site in question does post excerpts from The Watchtower in mind-numbing, obsessive detail. But as site operator Peter Anthony Mosier asks, "How can accurate quotes from the Watch Tower's publication possibly embarrass the Watch Tower?"
Perhaps this 1932 claim, cited by the site, helps answer that question: "The 'theory of gravity' is thoroughly in error ... electrical forces, instead, hold the planets in orbit and hold everything down on the earth's surface."
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|Title Annotation:||Watchtower Bible and Tract Society|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2006|
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