The Latest article from The Watchtower
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In 1991 an event took place that, if they found out, would shock Jehovah's Witnesses to the core. In this year the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York applied for association with the DPI or "Department of Information" of the United Nations as an NGO or "Non Governmental Organization" and was granted association in 1992. They remained an NGO in association with the DPI of the United Nations until October of 2001. "By accepting association with the DPI, the organization agreed to meet criteria for association, including support and respect of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and commitment and means to conduct effective information programmes with its constituents and to a broader audience about U.N. activities." - (Quote from October 11, 2001 letter sent to concerned Jehovah's Witness from Paul Hoeffel, Chief of the NGO Section of the Department of Information of the United Nations in response to numerous inquiries sent from JW's about the Watchtower's "rumored" association as an NGO in association with the DPI).
If you are an awake and active member of the congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses then you know what a serious allegation this is, and you may even want to disregard this claim, asserting that the men taking the lead in "God's Organization" would never do such a thing. It happened though, and there is irrefutable evidence to back this "claim" up. This edition of The Watchtower magazine is in no way trying to dissuade your belief in the things you were taught by Jehovah's Witnesses or impute bad motives on the part of the many sincere and honest JW's . Merely, the intent is to inform you about a very important failing on the part of those taking the lead in the Watchtower organization today that you should know about, and its implications. Unfortunately, much like an adulterous mate, they have tried to cover up their affair from those who respect them, fearing the consequences of public knowledge of their actions. We hope that this edition of The Watchtower magazine will bring these things out in the open, and even give the Watchtower Organization an incentive to fess up to all of Jehovah's Witnesses about their actions, and provide an explanation for their behavior.
On Monday October 8, 2001 the UK newspaper the Guardian released an article that sent shockwaves among Jehovah's Witnesses throughout Europe. The article entitled, "Jehovah's Witnesses Link to UN Queried Sect accused of hypocrisy over association with organisation it has demonised" exposed to those in the UK The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York's 10 year association as an NGO with the United Nations. The article starts out by saying, " The United Nations is being asked to investigate why it has granted associate status to the Jehovah's Witnesses, the fundamentalist US-based Christian sect, which regards it as the scarlet beast predicted in the Book of Revelation." Please read the entire article at this link http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2001/oct/08/religion.world
A large number of Jehovah's Witnesses who read this article wrote letters to the UK branches asking if this really happened and how they should feel about it, but the branches themselves didn't know. They wrote to the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses in New York asking about the article and were sent a letter back from headquarters in which they admitted their association with the DPI as an NGO with the United Nations and claimed that they were never aware that the criteria for association required support of the U.N. charter and an information programme about the U.N., and stating that "the Criteria for Association of NGO's-at least in their latest version-contain language that we cannot subscribe to." This letter was sent to all branches of Jehovah's Witnesses. The very next day after the Guardian article came out the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York was granted disassociation from the United Nations Department of Information and discontinued its NGO status. Wait a minute? How did they not know that this was a requirement of association if they were an NGO for 10 years?!! The facts show that they indeed knew and premeditated their involvement with the U.N. to help gain approved legal status in certain countries that opposed the work and beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses. The facts also show that the Watchtower Society also carried out this criteria by publishing numerous articles about the United Nations and its charter, principles, activities, and events.
Let's start with a letter sent from the Chief of the NGO Section of the Department of Information of the United Nations Paul Hoefell. This letter was sent in response to a large number of inquiries sent by JW's and those associated with JW's about the UN affair exposed in the Guardian newspaper. The letter reads:
“To Whom It May Concern:
Recently the NGO Section has been receiving numerous inquiries regarding the association of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York with the Department of Public Information (DPI). This organization applied for association with DPI in 1991 and was granted association in 1992. By accepting association with DPI, the organization agreed to meet criteria for association, including support and respect of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and commitment and means to conduct effective information programmes with its constituents and to a broader audience about UN activities.
In October 2001, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York requested termination of its association with DPI. Following this request, the DPI has made a decision to disassociate the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York as 9 October 2001.
We appreciate your interest in the work of the United Nations.
Department of Public Information”
A photograph of this letter along with a second letter from Paul Hoefell (found below) can be found at this link: http://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/united-nations-association.php
If you are in doubt that this letter was actually sent you can request it yourself from the United Nations, or you could even write the Watchtower to inquire about their UN involvement as an NGO. Surely no harm would be done by asking The Watchtower itself about this issue.
One may reason that the Watchtower somehow missed the written requirement to support the UN and disseminate literature. Now this reasoning defies logic seeing that they were involved ten years, but one might hold on to that thought so as to comfort themselves and dismiss the thought that their "leaders" knowingly violated their own beliefs this way. The second letter sent from Paul Hoefell sent on March 4, 2004 may make it hard for you to reason that way. In this letter he says that all NGOs were sent a letter in 1992 explaining that 'the principle purpose of association of NGOs is the redissimination of information to inform the public about the goings on and principles of the UN.' Notice this excerpt from the letter:
"Please be informed that it is the policy of the Department of Information of the United Nations to keep correspondance between the United Nations and NGOs associated with DPI confidential. However, please see below the paragraph included in all letters sent to NGOs approved for association in 1992
"The principle purpose of association of non-governmental organizations with the United Nations Department of Public Information is the redissemination of information in order to increase public understanding of the principles, activities, and achievements of the United Nations and it's Agencies. Consequently, it is important that you should keep us informed about your organization's information programme as it relates to the United Nations, including sending us issues of your relevant publications. We are enclosing a brochure on the "The United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations", which will give you some information regarding the NGO relationship."
This was sent in 1992! Did branch overseers and the Governing Body somehow miss this important letter from the United Nations? And what if the WT didn't keep the UN 'informed of their information programme, sending RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS' as was stated in this letter, would the UN let them remain an NGO for 10 years?!! The answer to this question is clear when you see actual Awake! magazines in which the Watchtower clearly carried out this info programme for the UN. The next article will discuss this and provide quotes and citations to articles informing Awake! readers about the UN, it's charter, UN news, it's activities, principles, etc.
The next article discussing this important information about the Watchtower affair with the United Nations will be posted shortly.