For Jehovah’s Witnesses and Ex-Witnesses of all Stripes:

AAWA stands for “Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses.” AAWA has a large number of volunteers that include counselors, journalists, atheists, believers, ex-Witnesses and never-been-Witnesses. The want to raise awareness about the Watchtower Society’s more harmful practices and offer help to former Jehovah’s Witnesses.

JW Survey

This is one of the best sources of inside information about the Watchtower Society you will ever find online. It is pretty much the standard that all other ex-Witness sites should aspire to in many ways. Cedars doesn’t offer a lot of help or waste time spreading unsubstantiated rumors about the Society. His articles are well thought out and very well researched.


You could think of this site as a mix between JW Survey (mentioned above) and Watchtower Information Service (mentioned below). It is update pretty frequently and its author tends to stay on top of Witness and Watchtower related news while offering commentaries on them.

Watchtower Information Service

Another good source of news and inside information about the Watchtower Society, though not quite as consistent as JW Survey in my experience.

JW Facts

A one-stop shop for researching all things related to Jehovah’s Witnesses. Whereas sites like JW Survey focus on news and commentary, JW Facts serves as a reference for the Society’s teachings. But unlike, which tries to focus on the positives while leaving out the problems. JW Facts focuses on criticism of those teachings from various points of view, including Christian and secular perspectives.

Watchtower Online Library

This is the Society’s online encyclopedia. Sort of like the Watchtower Library CD, but online. It only goes back to 2005.

Watchtower Downloadable Publications

You can download issues of the Watchtower and AWAKE! magazines from here. It also has downloadable audio versions of many publications.

For Ex-Witnesses Turned Atheists:


Freethoughtify has a lot to offer atheists and ex-Witnesses alike. One of its founders is a former Witness turned atheist like myself. I first learned about Freethoughtify from another atheist friend and blogger, Emily Deitle. She describes herself and her site this way:

I’m an ex-Jehovah’s Witness with a focus on Black atheism, humanism, and sex-positive dialogue.

Jehovah’s Witness Discussion Forum for Jehovahs Witnesses – JWN

Also known as JWD, JWN is the single biggest place on the web you can go to meet other former Witnesses. Be forewarned: for every 10 members who are wise beyond their years, there’s always that one who’s lost a few fruit-loops. You’ll figure out the good ones from the crazies in short order, though.

Jehovah’s Witness Recovery Discussion Forum – JWR

JWR has been around for a while, but not nearly so long as JWN. It isn’t as big as JWN either, but that might be a good thing. It often leans a little more in the secular direction.

For Former-Believers Turned Atheists:

Emily Has Books

Emily’s website focuses on humanism and women’s rights.

Agnosticism / Atheism – Skepticism & Atheism for Atheists & Agnostics

Austin Cline’s website will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about nonbelievers and a lot about religion and philosophy while you’re there. Best part: he gets hate mail! Lots and lots of hate mail.

References for Skeptics and Atheists:


This is a great list of videos, podcasts, and articles that address various claims made by true believers of all stripes. Everything from creationism to conspiracy theorists to alternative health is covered here.

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