In 1998, Peter Mosier set up the website, http://quotes.watchtower.ca
. This site consisted of quotes from Watchtower publications.
This was not an anti-JW or apostate site. The homepage of the site stated, "If you are looking for criticism, critique, or editorial commentary regarding Jehovah's Witnesses, you have come to the wrong place. On the other hand, if you want to read the Society's own words, as provided by their publications, so you can study and research on your own without bias, then you have come to the right place."
On September 8, the webmaster was served with a lawsuit that sought $100,000 in damages. The legal filings claimed that Mosier is trying "to embarrass" the Watchtower Society and that his web site has resulted in "a loss of reputation and goodwill”.
The Watchtower's Statement of Claim can be found here:http://www.reexamine.org/quotes/admin-news.htm
Mosier, who was unable to afford the huge legal bills awaiting him if he fought the case, agreed to settle. Quotes was taken down, the domain watchtower.ca was transferred to the Watchtower Society.
A copy of the settlement can be found here:http://peter.mosier.ca/2005_Watchtower_Mosier_Settlement_EXECUTED.pdf
The legal intimidation by the Watchtower and the website's subsequent shutdown has angered many fans of the site. Some enterprising internet users downloaded the entire website before it was forced to shut down and have now mirrored the site in dozens of locations all over the world. The site is also widely available for download in zip format.http://www.reexamine.org
has mirrored the Quotes site and is in a Wiki-fied version that allows anyone to add to the content.
Discussion can be found here:http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/11/104279/1.ashx