Something to think about. Jehovah’s Witnesses number around 8 million people that are baptized members. This of course does not include those who are not baptized, but attend the meetings just the same. They have 5 meetings per week, and they also meet at the Kingdom Halls everyday for those who wish to participate in the field ministry. If each person attending the 5 weekly meetings contributed just 1 dollar, lets do some math. 5 meetings per week would equal 20 meetings per month, times 8 million people would equal around 160 million dollars per month. Tax free because they are a 501c corporation. Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the US Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations. in one year 160 million dollars times 12 months equals almost 2 billion dollars tax free. All of the labor cost to run that corporation is from volunteers, unpaid volunteers, no one gets a check in that corporation, that we know the names of. All building maintenance cost, construction, building materials, land development comes from volunteers donations into a separate building fund apart from other donations. All cost to obtain land and build buildings are born by volunteers but the deeds to all of the buildings and properties are handed over to the corporation. A very sweet deal for someone. You get your buildings built for free, maintained for free, you get the deeds for free, the land for free, and people pay you billions of dollars in tax free revenue every year for the privilege of visiting them a few hours a week. As in any other mafia, this source of revenue would be protected at just about any cost. You better watch what you say in a mafia, or you sleep with the fishes. This corporation functions in a similar way, they do not actually kill people physically, although they have printed in their literature that the only thing that keeps them from killing those who have an apposing thought from the corporate view is the laws against it. You see, the corporate leaders can change their minds and thoughts on matters and issues at any time, and they can oscillate back and forth on issues at any time, and if you want to stay alive under that umbrella, you better keep your thoughts and your mouth in check, and follow to the letter, to the word, their views, their thoughts, in their own words, “no matter how irrational and unreasonable it might appear at the time” , ” if we were to be accused of fraud or embezzlement or other criminal acts, would you still be loyal to us ? ” . The corporate heads can, do, believe, say, act, lie, cheat, steal with impunity, but the parishioners better tow the line to the letter. I have personal experience in this, in around 1973 I spent 10 hours in a judicial meeting with not 3, but 6 elders all over the use on one single word. This is the extreme they will go to. In the end nothing became of that meeting, because there was nothing there to begin with. But 6 grown ass men, claiming to represent God himself, grilling me endlessly over one single word. What they were so desperately trying to find was a way to dis-fellowship me. That is why it took 10 hours, because they left no stone unturned in an attempt to silence me, but there was nothing to silence, because in those days I was an innocent naive kid. In this organization, disfellowshipping a person means that no one in that organization is allowed to fellowship with you, or even say hello, and this included family members, parents are not allowed to talk with their children, children are not allowed to talk with their parents, this is an organization that does not allow it’s members to talk with each other outside of supervision and strict guidelines and restricted topics. In general, topics not found in current literature are off topic, and considered unauthorized conversation. Just try to talk to a witness about a subject that is not in print by the organization and see how that goes for you. Controlling the thoughts and speech of the members to this extreme is critical to the success of the corporation. Corporations have one goal in mind, and one goal only, em-massing as much wealth as is possible, every last penny, including the ice cream money of children. The hammers of hell come down with brutal force upon anything that threatens the collection box. It’s all about the money. Disfellowshipping has nothing to do with spiritual restoration, it is all about protecting the money. In judicial committee meetings, nothing is ever offered to help a person overcome and heal from a mistake they made, never. It is all about how faithful the person is to the organization, the governing body, the faithful and discreet slave. It is about protecting the corporation and the interest of the corporate leaders. And the elders are all too eager to find any way possible, not to help a person, to restore them, but to crush them and rip their family from their arms, and every friend they have ever known, the only life they have ever known, in essence, killing that person. Driving some to actually kill themselves. This puts the fear of God into the minds and hearts of the rest of the Parrish, to tow the line or you are next. So, they cower, hide from each other, restrict their speech to each other to hello, good buy, nice weather, how about those Dodgers, nice lawn, pretty tie, cute shoes, how many hours did you put into service this month. This prevents the brothers and sisters from forming “independent thoughts” outside of current literature, and sets an example before them of what happens to you when you say the wrong word, or say hello to a person they told you not to. It is an organization that does not allow it’s members to get to know each other, in order to protect the corporation and it’s money.