News and Links for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Child Sexual Abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses on Australian TV

Video: Child Sexual Abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses Australia

The link above takes you to a YouTube playlist that includes videos from Australia regarding their recent (and televised!) investigation into more than a 1000 cases of unreported sexual abuse of children.

Video: Jehovah’s Witness Meeting Changes 2016

For those who haven’t already heard, it sounds like sisters won’t be involved in meetings at all. They barely had anything to do before.

Video: Elders extort

A dispute between an average Jehovah’s Witness and an elder. It pretty much goes down like many of us would expect. It’s a tiny bit Jerry Springer.

Local father offended by Jehovah’s Witness letter, claims its writer is targeting obituaries

A local father who wishes to remain anonymous sent Action News Jax a copy of a letter sent to his family’s church.

The letter read in part: “Sorry about your loss. I read about it from the obituary.”

Jehovah’s Witness literature was attached to the letter.

Jehovah’s Witness grandparents ordered to keep faith to themselves

The couple lost their bid for unsupervised access to the girl because they insisted on taking her to worship at their faith’s Kingdom Hall despite the repeated objections of the child’s mother.

I wish the courts would do the same for my in-laws… Sorry. But also, wow.

‘Abused by my brother, then shunned by my Jehovah’s Witnesses family after I went to police’

Louise Palmer says parents sided with evil Richard Davenport over her, while church offered only prayers and urged her not to go to police

I think the flaws in policies like the two-person rule and telling Witnesses they can’t take accusations to the police without elder permission (elders aren’t cops, though some of them think they are…) should be really obvious by now.

How the Church of Scientology fought the Internet—and why it lost

The title pretty much says it all.

Japan closed 638 Congregations lost 6,000 Publishers in 10 years!!! WHY?

Many seem to think it’s the internet. I suspect it’s at least partially a cultural issue as other religions tend to dominate in Japan. What do you think?

62 apostates mark JWsurvey Day 2015 with a message of love for Jehovah’s Witnesses

Very cool. :) Big shout out to everyone who participated!

Betrayed and exploited: Dismissed ‘special pioneer’ lashes out against downsizing

This website recently reported growing resentment among bethelites over the constant downsizing that’s taking place as the Governing Body hoards its dwindling resources in order to complete the Warwick project.

There’s also a story about the issues that prompted the lashing out.

Watchtower of Britain found liable for actions of child rapist Peter Stewart

Still think the Watchtower Society doesn’t have a pedophile problem?

The Tight Pants Rule: Wearing “disturbing” clothing gets you banned from preaching

Control issues. Yeah. They have them.

News and Links for Atheists: “6 Young Adults Refuse to Remain Silent In Viral Video” … about Gay Marriage

VIDEO: [MUST WATCH!] 6 Young Adults Refuse to Remain Silent In Viral Video

Prepare to be offended to the point where you question whether this video is satire or not. It seems to be genuine, however. I discovered the story on Addicting Info which took the story seriously. There are some other articles on the original site that seem like satire as well, such as this one, but they are marked as “humor.” (I don’t think they fully understand the concept of irony.) Note the followup article here if you have any doubts. If you find strong evidence it is bogus, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

VIDEO: A Timid Insurance Salesman Tries Convince God To Stop The Apocalypse

In this short comedy film, a very ordinary insurance salesman named Ike receives a very unusual honor: He gets to talk to God. But when he hears what God has to say, Ike finds he has to do some very quick thinking.
Eli Shapiro wrote and directed Ike Interviews God, and it’s a fun bit of wickedness. Not surprisingly, God turns out to be kind of a jerk.

I’m reminded a tiny bit of a short by Penn and Teller years ago about the discovery of an E.T.

Why doesn’t everyone believe in God?: The skeptical brain may hold the answer
VIDEO: Watch this great documentary about people who think they are gods

“Those Who Are Jesus” is Steven Eastwood’s fascinating 2001 documentary about three people who have true delusions of grandeur based on “profoundly religious or revalatory experiences.”

A Way to Respond to 40 Awful Questions from a “Loving” Christian

Kevin DeYoung, writing for The Gospel Coalition website, is frustrated with fellow Christians who support marriage equality. (Because if they support two people of the same sex declaring their love for each another, where will the slippery slope of consensual love stop?!)
So he tosses out 40 questions with the unmentioned implication that there are no good answers.

AUDIO: Leaving the Church A Conversation with Megan Phelps-Roper

An interview with Megan Phelps-Roper and Sam Harris.

In this episode, Sam Harris speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper, granddaughter of Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.

VIDEO: Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is annoyed that this Satanist is intelligent

Report: Tom Cruise Is Considering Leaving Scientology

I dunno about this one yet. More here.

Read Laura Prepon’s Insane Interview In Scientology’s Celebrity Magazine
Jesus Would Hate This Christian Blogger Just as Much as You Do

It’s Matt Walsh.

Restaurant That Refused Gay Wedding Closing After Outraged Customers Canceled

FOX Network to air ‘Lucifer’ – portraying Satan as a good guy

Thirty-One Episodes Of ‘Bill Nye The Science Guy’ Are Streaming On Netflix
VIDEO: Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Trace Beaulieu And Frank Conniff – Friendly Atheist Podcast EP 52

Don’t get too excited. They’re not atheists, really, but they did appear at an atheist convention.

News and Links for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: “The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses Blame Homosexuals for the Pedophilia in Their Religion”

The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses Blame Homosexuals for the Pedophilia in Their Religion

Go online and look up “Jehovah’s Witnesses and child molestation” and you’ll find site after site that shows their horrific track record in how they handle such abuse within their religion. You can browse this site alone, under the Pedophilia category or JW Victims in the News, and see civil case after civil case being filed, along with cases of active, approved members of their congregations actually serving jail time for the rape and molestation of little children.

I remain steadfast in my believe that the Watchtower Society is getting more obviously crazier with each passing year.

Dear LGBT-Community, I apologize for having been a homophobic Jehovah’s Witness Jerk

Dear LGBT-Community, I was a homophobic assh*le for two-thirds of my life. I am 33 now and it is time for me to apologize.
You see, I was born into a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was a member of this organization for nearly 21 years. I got baptized when I was 14 and left Jehovah’s Witnesses on December 16th, 2003.

Jehovah’s Witness mother refuses blood transfusion leaving behind NINE children

She refused the proper medical treatment on religious grounds until it was too late and she died. Was her death inevitable or could it have been avoided?
Years earlier, Watchtower had subjected Dankwa to a religious tribunal, known among Witnesses as a “judicial committee,” because she had accepted a blood transfusion when giving birth to her previous child.

Jehovah’s Witness parents refuse consent for son’s life-saving blood transfusion
Woman abused as child by Jehovah’s Witness minister wins £275k damages

The defendants claimed that because Stewart was now dead, A had brought her claim too late and they were not responsible, although they accepted he did sexually abuse her [from the age of four].

Jehovah’s Witnesses are liable for Abuse because Organization failed to take “safeguarding steps”, says London Court

London’s High Court has ruled that Jehovah’s Witnesses failed to take “safeguarding steps” to protect a young woman from abuse by a Ministerial Servant. The victim has won a six-figure payout, according to a BBC report.

Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘destroy or seriously disrupt’ Families due to their Shunning Policy, Survey finds

VIDEO: Jehovah’s Witnesses 2015 Regional Convention Saturday PM experience parents shunning children

Cedars writes about this video in an article you can find here.

Teenage Jehovah’s Witness refuses blood transfusion and dies

And he’ll probably be treated as a hero.

One Question in October Watchtower exposes Barbarity of the Undue Influence Jehovah’s Witnesses are subject to

It is a simple question – but it illustrates the cruel simplicity of undue influence at work among Jehovah’s Witnesses: “HAVE you ever thought, ‘Am I the kind of person Jehovah will want to save during the great tribulation and bring into the new world?’”, asks in the introduction to the Study Article “Give us more faith”. This post will try to explain the scope of manipulation at play here and show the true nature of this seemingly – on the surface – harmless question.

Jehovah’s Witness Leader Rants Against Higher Education, Saying It’ll Lead to “Spiritual Disaster”

Jehovah’s Witnesses Governing Body member Tony Morris is the host of the January video on the new JW online television network and what he says is a terrifying tirade against higher education.

Hemant Mehta has really been paying attention to Jehovah’s Witnesses. That link above goes to one of his articles. You can also see a video he made about Jehovah’s Witnesses here.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Low on Funds… So They’re Asking for Kids’ Ice Cream Money

In their latest propaganda video, the Church shows a little girl choosing between buying ice cream for herself… or donating that money to a church.
There’s only one way this commercial can end:

Another article by Hemant Mehta. A link to the video he is writing about can be found at the link.

Boy, 7, taken away from his parents after judge rules he has been damaged by his Jehovah’s Witness mother’s religious beliefs

Finally, Apostate Bird attacks!

Apostate bird has no interest in your tracts!

The Atheist Experience Documentary “Mission Control Texas” is Available to View Online for Free!

Mission Control Texas is a German documentary about The Atheist Experience, a well known atheist TV show that is shot and filmed in Texas. For those who don’t know, it’s a live call-in show that addresses different topics and arguments posed by believers – LIVE! Mission Control Texas is, for now at least, available to view for free. FOR FREE. And it’s legal!

Bear in mind that the documentary has German subtitles. But you get to see some behind the scenes stuff and the audio is in English.

Learn more about The Atheist Experience at the following links:

The Atheist Experience TV Show

The Atheist Experience Show Archive

The Atheist Experience YouTube Channel

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