Thanks, Robert, I appreciate that. I'd never heard of Beth-Shan until after I'd left the WT Org, and then not nearly as much as your source has provided. Thanks for posting it.Excellent points. Only too true.
But significantly, absolutely nothing about Beth Shan! They only ever mentioned that twice in a Watchtower Society publication (only once by name), and they lied about it both times:
Consolation, May 27, 1942, p. 9.
The judge decided to continue the case so that the new site could be brought before the Planning Commission... the second plot was a proper place for burial.... The Planning Commission, who deliberated for more than two weeks, investigating the site, was haled before the court, and denied the second application for a cemetery.... New location for interment was almost in the center of the property known as Beth-Shan, which is roughly 75 acres of canyon and mesa land, adjoining Beth-Sarim but separated by a half-mile width of canyon. This property, also belonging to WATCHTOWER, has one small and one large dwelling on it and a few outhouses, and consists of some fruit trees and other cultivated patches in aggregate about seven acres, and about 65 acres of unreclaimed brush, either too steep, or rocky, or inaccessible for development.... Judge Rutherford, in a discussion before his death, had said that as a second choice he wished to be buried somewhere on these wild acres. In order that all the objections made in regard to the first site near to Kensington Heights might be removed to this new site, it was requested that only a ten-foot-square cemetery be granted. The spot was also inaccessible except by a private road a half mile long and closed by a gate.
The Watchtower, June 1, 1940, p. 162.
Some unreliable person is responsible for the circulation of a report that Beth-Sarim is being enlarged as a place of security and that this is being built by the Society. There is absolutely not one word of truth in the report. Those who are interested in the Theocracy would better be circulating the kingdom message rather than false imaginations of others.
The article in Consolation (later changed to Awake!) lies about what the Beth Shan property was developed for. It was a survivalist compound, with two separate bomb shelters. The Watchtower article lies several times, starting with the bold caption, since the reports were true, not false. Beth Sarim itself was not being enlarged, but the site it was built upon was. It was indeed being enlarged as a place of security, since "Beth Shan" means "house of security"! Beth Shan was being built by the Society, and paid for with donations from the JW's (who were not informed that some of their donations were being channeled into this project). Hence, there is nothing but truth in the report this article is pooh-poohing. Those reporting it were interested in "Theocracy", JW-style, since they were simply investigating where their donations were going. There was no false imaginations involved. At least seven lies in three sentences and a two-word title!
Robert V Frazier
The Watchtower is not the instrument of any man or any set of men, nor is it published according to the whims of men. No man's opinion is expressed in The Watchtower. (The Watchtower, "Taught of God", November 1st, 1931, paragraph 19.) The Governing Body publishes spiritually encouraging literature in many languages. This spiritual food is based on Godís word, thus what is taught is not from men, but from Jehovah. (The Watchtower, "Unity Identifies True Worship", September 15, 2010, paragraph 8.) If you believe that, you'll believe ANYTHING!