The war rhetoric feels new and weird. I thought pacifism was one of JW’s core tenets, and I’d imagine that suddenly declaring ”we are at war” to such an audience would rub them the wrong way.
Then again, maybe this has always been the rhetoric and I just missed it, just like for the longest time I missed the fact that while beards are forbidden, mustaches are not.
@ 8:55 4 terabytes of footage?! Wow, that is… underwhelming. I have storage many times over that just for my home use, and I assume they’re filming in raw super hi-res and keeping multiple takes to maximize editing freedom. I suppose it could be an accurate figure (I don’t see why he would lie to make it seem smaller rather than larger), but it’s like saying ”we had a photoshoot for a magazine and filled an entire memory card!” I mean, that’s the minimum that I’d expect from a professional-level shoot.
When the home assistant integration was introduced, I was like ”okay, this must be one of Lloyd’s jokes, right?” But no, turns out it’s real.
Then your Alexa bit came and had me in tears.
The problem with bringing an actual scientist to the discussion is that they work with facts and theory, which doesn’t always translate to easily digestible bites (especially on-the-fly), whereas the WT are free to mould their neat, naive packages of misinformation and misquotes with little regard to science and actual facts (and the believing readers probably also won’t come across the facts on their own). A certain disparaging analogy with pigeons and chess comes to mind.
On the flip side, showing an actual scientist’s confidence and their reaction to creationist BS should help to dismantle the narrative of ”evolutionists” being confused or unsure in the slightest about the fact of evolution.
Thanks for the explanation, I was looking at North Europe thinking: Norway, what’s wrong with you?!
Great point about the lack of pride in shunning, it really is quite striking now that you’ve articulated it. It stands in contrast to how they do seem to take pride in, say, the blood policy (from an outsider’s POV at least). Both are destructive, yet one is flaunted, while the other is treated like the shameful half-secret that it is.
Here’s a transcript of the interview by (and with interspersed comments from) a Finnish ex-JW; here’s the (relatively legible) Google translation (in English).
Mildly off topic: I’m slightly surprised that Disney allow preaching work there. I thought they generally try to appear neutral wrt. to religions, politics and such, and I’d think the easiest way to achieve that here would be an outright ban on all evangelizing within the park. I mean, if they allow the JW there, that opens the door for the likes of Westboro Baptist Church, whom Disney would then either have to also allow in or (more likely) deny. The latter could then be used to argue that they aren’t truly unbiased.
I wonder if this allowance is something they are required to do by the 1st amendment.
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