[Original publication date: March 3, 2004; submitted by “Sebastian”]
If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, do you think the Watchtower Society believes that people are not going to discover who their business partners and associates are throughout the world? Could this be a reason why the Watchtower strongly discouraged the use of the internet for so many years? Are they afraid their members might find out about the Watchtower’s worldly associations and investments?
Here is a good example: Lets go to a “Casino” page on Expedia.com and look for the name “Northlands.”
Now since we find “Northlands” listed on a Casino page, let’s go and check out Northlands Park (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). Please note the listing at this site includes Horse Racing and Slot Gaming. Go here:
Now lets see if the Watchtower is associated with Northlands.
Here is where it gets a bit tricky.
1. Look closely at the page above sourced from a Northlands Casino brochure (PDF).
2. Look for these words right above the picture of the dining tables on page 11: “Royal Alexandria Foundation”
3. Look to the left and straight across from those words at the faded list of organizations, on the opposite side from the dining tables.
4. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is listed as an associate or member.
Aren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses commanded to “stay away from worldly associates”? Do you see how many ways the organization shows its hypocrisy? And the list just keeps getting bigger.
(Sebastian’s side note: “This is the second Casino connection I have noticed just this month. What’s next?”)
The above information suggests that the Watchtower has been an associate in some way of Northlands Casino. (Note: Exactly how they are associated is not clear, but there was apparently no attempt to hide the connection (in 2004). Original investor? Partner? Major stockholder? Frequent user of the facilities? A company’s name would not end up in a publicly distributed brochure like this unless they have some significant involvement with this corporation and/or its management.
Apparently the fact that this company, Northlands Park, makes most of their income from horse racing and gambling was not a problem for the Watchtower Society (in 2004). And yet, even now ten years later, and if you are a rank and file Jehovah’s Witness, you would very likely be disfellowshiped if you were discovered gambling!
[Disclaimer: The intent of this article is not to imply that the Watchtower Society or any of its corporations are directly involved in gaming, gambling, or racing in any way – legally or illegally. We simply want to point out that it is hypocritical for a religious organization that holds its members to extemely high standards (with some very notable exceptions), should then be involved in any way, or for any reason, with activities that are clearly in conflict with those declared standards.]