Experience From Greece:
The Neutrality issue was one of the major issues that young brothers in many places in the world are facing. Some of them died for that issue, some spend many years in prisons, and as a result they have a criminal record that is marked for being in prison.
In my country many brothers went to prison from 2-4 years, but the most outrageous thing that the Watchtower did, it was to hide behind 18 year old kids. Yeah the cowards running Watchtower, they didn't have the balls to stand next to us, and I will explain why:
When it was time for joining the Army, and since Army service is done by all males, the Watchtower was telling us the exact words to say to the officials:
"I'm a Jehovahs Witness, and my conscious does not allow me to join any military forces and this is my PERSONAL decision."
I recall in a meeting we had for this matter the Circuit Overseer told us clearly:"Never say that the Watchtower tells you not to join the Army. No matter what, YOU SHOULD NEVER mention Watchtower to the officials, or that you will get disfellowshiped if you join Army Forces, or the Watchtower is telling you NOT to join the Army. You will say it is your PERSONAL DECISION and keep the Organization out from any discussion."
So the question that arrises here is:"If it is a matter of conscious why would we get disfellowshiped if we did join the Army? And since when, in a matter of conscious. would a Christian would face judical commitee and gets disfellowshiped?
But as usual Watchtower has a different agenda for the outside world and other for the rank and file. Then the Goverment came with a new proposal:
Since you don't join the Army then you can join other services like Hospital, Fire Department, Forest Department, Resque, and you will do your service, your obligation to your country there. Some of us were happy with this new arrangement, since the Watchtower did accepted that arrangement in other European Countries. But the Watchtower had a different oppinion in our case. The answer was NO....and they said that we go to the other services IF the court send us there as a penalty. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ALTERNATIVE SERVICE...
So 15 years went by, and the Watchtower finally accepted the Alternative Service. So again the "Holy Spirit" was late to act, and change its mind. No need to say that many of us suffered from this, since we couldn't go on with our lifes and jobs, since it was a pending issue. But again the Watchtower was using us in the most horrible way. Plus we had to pay the lawyer that the Org chose for us, everytime we appeared in Court. And the guy really charged a lot!!!
But there was another issue regarding Neutrality. The Goverment has a special tax for defence. It is only a small rate but still it is a tax for buying Arms. When we asked the Society if we should pay that tax, the answer was yes. We must give to the Ceasar what belongs to the Ceasar. But we ask again, is it correct to pay that tax since it is going for military purposes. The answer was that Ceasar desides what to do with the money, therefore there is nothing wrong to pay that tax.
What was the real reason behind this? Since the Branch of the Watchtower had to pay taxes (for buying and selling land) it would have created a problem with the Goverment, plus it would have a nagative effect to all of the Witnesses since in my country defense is a very sensitive issue.So it would have cost them a lot, so they chose to pay the tax.
But what would have happened if we were not in Europe by in an African country? Good question, and I really don't feel to think about it. In my mind comes the tragic events that took place for our Brothers in Malawi....
The Governing Body are a banch of cowards, and all they care about is how to use poor people in order to have control over human life. They have no conscious at all, and they have sacrificed hunderds of thousands of people in the Altar of their Organization. Many times I wonder about the punishment that Jesus holds for them. But I guess the only panishment we can give to the Watchtower it is to show to future victims, and even those are inside how EVIL organization the Watchtower really is.
There is no "neutrality" issue, there's a "rebellion" issue. It's laughable to say the Watch Tower Corporation, doing business as Jehovah's Witnesses, is politically indifferent. They are a political organization by nature. Saying they are "neutral" are weasel words. They're sure as heck not neutral in the Supreme Courts. Add up the Watch Tower lies: We are neutral, we are not dogmatic, we are not controlling. The Witness political group is called "The Theocracy". Theocracy describes a political concept. There's Democracy, Communism, and Theocracy. Their name defines them as a political action group. Why do they deny that which they fought to establish?