Is "" telling the truth?

A Mere Conspiracy Theory?

This website is dedicated to the examination of the Watchtower's 10 year membership with the United Nation's Department of Public Information (DPI). The DPI is the United Nation's publicity department. In particular, this site serves the purpose to examine the flagship rebuttal website of this WBTS/UN association, created by an individual that goes by the name "thirdwitness". To view his website CLICK HERE

From the onset, "thirdwitness" attempts to muddy the waters by using loaded language, red herrings, and calling upon emotion well before one has been given the chance to consider the evidence. On the homepage, he has already set the reader up to consider much of this issue a conspiracy theory formulated by "crackpot" individuals and "apostates". Count how many times you see such words used on his site. Perhaps these are colors to cloud the water? Regardless of one's feelings, the WBTS reminds us that "Reasonable persons agree that the only fair method (to see the truth) is to examine the evidence on both sides, both for and against a disputed theory (1973 Awake! October 22nd pg. 6). Please keep this statement in mind before you make your final decision on the truth of the matter.

As we examine the evidence, it's important to see how the WBTS views a person joining a secular organization whose objects are contrary to the Bible. Surely the UN fits into this category. Read below...

(1983 Organized To Accomplish Our Ministry pg. 151)


NOTE: After clicking the chapter you wish to view, scroll past the above "sticky" introduction post (also chapter index below) and read just below the map. Click on images to enlarge them.

CHAPTER 1"Introduction: In the Beginning" 

"Know your NGOs!"

"Did we agree to praise the UN?"

CHAPTER 4 "Please Sign Nowhere"

CHAPTER 5 "The changing world of NGOs"

CHAPTER 6 "Following it to the Letter"

CHAPTER 7 "Hail to the Chief"

CHAPTER 8 "Principle Support"

"Did we hypocritically ‘ride the wild beast’?"

CHAPTER 10 "Awake to Propaganda?"

CHAPTER 11 "Self-condemnation?"

CHAPTER 12 "Consider the Source"

CHAPTER 13 "Conclusion: A Not-Guilty Verdict"

Monday, April 12, 2010

Chapter 5


In this chapter "3W" starts off by saying that the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) produces a special brochure for it's Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). This brochure acts as an introduction to new NGOs and stipulates the requirements of being an NGO. However, in a previous chapter he said The Society could not have agreed to meet any criteria because no such agreement existed since none was necessary. So which one are we to believe, did they agree to "special criteria" or did they not? Both statements can't be true. Well, we know from the DPI handbook there are requirements and we'll examine them shortly.

We're told that They (critics) claim that this requirement was in place since before 1991, and has remained unchanged ever since. Is this claim true? We don't need to explain the principal purpose of the DPI/NGO relationship do we? CLICK HERE

"3W" quotes the 2005 DPI handbook saying:
“What are the Criteria for NGOs to become associated with DPI? The NGO must support and respect the principles of the Charter of the UN and have a clear mission statement that is consistent with those principles..."
Then he goes on to say Apostates often use the above quote, and repeat it endlessly as “proof” of the Watchtower Society's support of the UN. Yet this appears in the 2005 brochure, do we know if it appears in the older brochures? We already stated that we have a copy of the 1994 brochure, so does that phrase appear there? No, not at all. The main question to be asked is why did he quote page 6 of the 1994 DPI handbook and leave out page 7? What does page 7 say? Read below...

In all fairness, he does (reluctantly) quote page 7 further down in this chapter but the reality is that it took some coaxing on the part of others for him to even mention page 7. On the world's largest JW related forum (JWN) the poster "cabasilas" says this to "thirdwitness" back in 2006:

Thirdwitness, Your site said the 1994 brochure did not say anything about the need for associated NGOs to support the UN. I pointed out how you left out page 7 of that brochure and only cited page 6. Will you update your website to correct the error?
To read the full dialogue CLICK HERE

Though he responds with If this is an error yes it will be changed and updated. I will have to look at that, it took him over two years to even update his website. I took note of this back in 2008 (on the Topix forum) after his site went down. See below...

However, if you go to the "changelog" on his website, there's no mention of ANY updates being made in 2008, particularly September 9th. We're left to wonder what he changed but didn't want to mention. CLICK HERE and scroll to the bottom to view the "changelog". On a side note, concerning the word support (the United Nations) mentioned on page 7 of the 1994 DPI handbook, "3W" gives us a dictionary lesson of what the word means. Thank you sir, we needed that.

"3W" quotes the 53rd General Assembly of the United Nations saying:

"...the United Nations has entered a new era in its relations with NGOs and other civil society actors. The Economic and Social Council recognized this changed relationship when it adopted resolution 1996/31. Many agencies, funds and programmes of the United Nations system have followed suit. The Secretariat, for its part, has tried to adapt to this new situation in creative and innovative ways and will pursue its efforts in this field. The United Nations is committed to seek the participation and contribution of NGOs in its work. New approaches, attitudes, methods and responses are required throughout the United Nations system if we are to meet this challenge effectively”

By bringing this to our attention, he's walked himself into a corner here. He uses this mid '90's resolution 1996/31 as proof that the WBTS didn't have to support the UN-since he says this was a later requirement for NGO's well after 1991-2-while at the same time claiming that association criteria had changed in 1991-2, the exact reason why the WBTS says they joined in the first place! You just can't have it both ways. To recap, the NGO association criteria stayed the same from 1968-1996. To verify CLICK HERE

There's a whole lot of guessing in this sentence...Perhaps receipt of this booklet (UN brochure) was sporadic, perhaps it was not sent every year. Perhaps the Watchtower Society didn't even receive one when their status was granted in 1992. Can one put much faith in such statements? I don't think so.

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