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Watchtower Commits Perjury? 

False application filed with the EUROPEAN COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS

In 1997 AJWRB learned that the Watchtower Society had perjured itself before the European Commission on Human Rights. This is a commission that operates under the authority of the World Court, and to which the Watchtower Society submitted a false and misleading application regarding objections to legal recognition that had been raised by the government of Bulgaria. 

By reading the court's ruling on the application filed by the Watchtower Society, it will be readily apparent to anyone familiar with Jehovah's Witnesses that Watchtower officials have grossly misrepresented crucial facts concerning Jehovah's Witnesses and the blood doctrine. Here is one key paragraph regarding children and the blood issue:

As regards the alleged involvement of children the applicant association [The Watchtower Society] submits that children cannot become members of the association but only participate, together with their parents, in the religious activities of the community. In respect of the refusal of blood transfusion, the applicant association submits that there are no religious sanctions for a Jehovah's Witness who chooses to accept blood transfusion and that, therefore, the fact that the religious doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses is against blood transfusion cannot amount to a threat to "public health". Emphasis ours
It is not unheard of for children to be baptized, and to become members of the association before reaching the age of ten, although most Jehovah's Witness children are probably in their early teens when they officially become members of the congregation, and subject to its judicial process.

As for a Witness who accepts one of the banned blood products, or a whole blood transfusion, the Watchtower's position has been quite clear for four decades:

"...the receiver of a blood transfusion must be cut off from God's people by excommunication or disfellowshiping....if in the future he persists in accepting blood transfusions or in donating blood toward the carrying out of this medical practice upon others, he shows that he has really not repented, but is deliberately opposed to God's requirements. As a rebellious opposer and unfaithful example to fellow members of the Christian congregation he must be cut off therefrom by disfellowshiping. - The Watchtower 01/15/1961 pp. 63, 64 Emphasis ours
Here is a direct link to the Commission's ruling on the Watchtower's application. Scroll down towards the end of the document and you will be able to verify this deception: http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/Hudoc1doc/hedec/sift/3641.txt

We now have hard copy of the decision on the admissibility of the application in our files should this information be unavailable online in the future. You can view the scanned documents available on our site.

Is it possible that the European Commission on Human Rights is fabricating all of this as some Jehovah's Witnesses have suggested? Such an explanation seems very unlikely, since all the Watchtower Society would have to do is produce the original application to vindicate themselves. Watchtower representatives have since tried to explain away their deception by arguing that their are no "automatic" sanctions for a Jehovah's Witness who accepts a blood transfusion. This is analogous to saying that there are no sanctions for murder since the sanctions are not "automatic" and is simply another act of deception on the part of the current leadership and spokesmen of the Watchtower Society.

Intense pressure and public exposure in many countries by AJWRB has led to another tactical move by the Watchtower Society. In the spring of 2000, the Watchtower Society secretly advised elders to quit disfellowshiping members who accepted blood transfusions. Instead, an announcement would simply be made that the person had "disassociated" themselves. They will still be shunned as before but now members do not even have the right to a judicial committee hearing. As of May, 2001 this change in policy remains unknown to all but Jehovah's Witness elders, and is further evidence of Watchtower leader's shameful efforts to deceive both the public and Jehovah's Witnesses.

How are sincere Jehovah's Witnesses to reconcile such conduct on the part of those taking the lead in the Watchtower Society with Christian principles. Do these kinds of actions demonstrate that those taking the lead are both "faithful and discreet"? What bearing do the following Bible verses have on the matter:

*** Rbi8 John 8:44 ***
YOU are from YOUR father the Devil, and YOU wish to do the desires of YOUR father. That one was a manslayer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of [the lie].

*** Rbi8 James 3:14-15 ***
...do not be bragging and lying against the truth.

*** Rbi8 Colossians 3:9 ***
Do not be lying to one another...

*** Rbi8 1 John 2:21 ***
...no lie originates with the truth.

*** Rbi8 Revelation 21:27 ***
But anything not sacred and anyone that carries on a disgusting thing and a lie will in no way enter into it; only those written in the Lamb’s scroll of life [will]. Emphasis ours

Members of AJWRB are sickened by the behavior of Watchtower officials in this matter. Those responsible for this deception should be called to account. Unfortunately, there are no checks and balances within the Watchtower Society to deal with wrong doing and corruption when it occurs at the highest levels of the organization.