|Contributed by Christian Sparlock Freedom|
Elders have even been warned at their elder training classes that if they allow themselves to be recorded the watchtower Society will not defend him in court if they are sued.
Elders fear being recorded because they do not want to be held accountable and responsible for their words and actions. No elder has ever given me a cogent reason for refusing people their rights to record interactions with elders.
What this creates is a unfair power balance between the elders and anyone they are talking to or judicially dealing with. If there is any doubt over what transpired during a interaction the elders have each other as witnesses to what happened and what was said. The unfair advantage occurs when the congregation members or the one being judged wishes to have a witness for themselves of what occurred.
Many people have dealt with elders that straight out lie or dishonestly twist what happened and what was said.
This also creates a secrecy barrier that hides elders transgressions, crimes, and violations of people's rights, both under the Jehovah's Witness rules and the rules of civil law .
One elder recently inanely spouted to me that the reason they don't allow recording is for confidentiality. I responded that there is no confidentiality involved because it's the person at the meeting was recording their own conversation so obviously they know what transpired.
Elders in the past were self-assured that any outlandish conduct or words would be hidden and kept secret from anyone outside the meeting. This is no longer true.
This policy and procedure of not allowing congregation members to have their own record and witness of what occurs when they deal with Jehovah's Witness elders is a policy in place and relied on for decades by the Jehovah's Witness hierarchy including the governing body to hide their conduct. To protect them from criminal prosecution, civil suit and being reported to their higher-ups in the Jehovah's Witnesses power structure.
This is a dishonest policy and highlights and exposes that the entire Jehovah's Witness power structure including especially the governing body are seriously concerned only with protecting themselves and avoiding responsibility rather than any kind of honest biblical justice.
This policy also exposes the Jehovah's Witnesses as a secret organization that relies on covering over sometimes outrageous and criminal conduct. Which they hypocritically have decried as something only a false religion would do.
"True religion in no way practices secretiveness"
Watchtower 1997 6/1 pp. 5-6
Christian Sparlock Freedom