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The Atheist Geek is a former Jehovah's Witness turned secular humanist. He's a lifelong sci-fi geek and a writer wannabe.

TRUTH BE TOLD Available for Digital Download Soon!

Truth Be Told

Your wait to see Truth Be Told will soon be over!

Truth Be Told will be available for digital download on 12/19/14 and we’ll even be able to preorder a DVD with extras! I don’t know everything about what’s to come, but I’m told it will include full interviews with the ex-Witnesses who appear in the film. You can see clips of the documentary at Gregorio Smith’s website and on SMITHKRAFT’s YouTube channel. I don’t know about you, but I’m there, man.

I’m told Huffington Post will be announcing this very soon, but I’m posting it today. There’s also going to be a mass screening with Reddit AMA after Christmas Day! I’m already thinking about watching it alongside other ex-Witnesses in chat forums, too.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with Truth Be Told, it’s a documentary by director Gregorio Smith about former Jehovah’s Witnesses. I interviewed Gregorio about the film here if you want to learn more.

So get your own copy and stick it next to The Prodigal Returns and see which one catches fire first!

AtheistTV Goes Live TODAY!

AtheistTVCan you believe it – AtheistTV! I just found out about this yesterday.

If you have a Roku, they are starting the Atheist TV Network at 7:00 PM tonight. If not, you can watch Atheist TV Live through their live stream with the rest of us. It appears to be produced by American Atheists. Here’s what the site says about the new network:

We have partnered with content creators in the atheist community to bring engaging and entertaining content to AtheistTV. We are working with experienced producers to develop new, original programming that will launch soon.

If you are interested in developing content or submitting existing content to AtheistTV, please contact us.
Current content partners include: the Richard Dawkins Foundation, the Atheist Community of Austin, American Atheists, The Friendly Atheist, and Keith Lowell Jensen.

So if you have an atheist or skeptical YouTube channel or just want to create a show of your own, now might just be your chance. :) I hope everyone will watch it and give Roku a reason to keep this network going.

News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Jehovah’s Trumpet And More!

Shunning Makes Us Joyful

This one is from Jehovah’s Trumpet, a site that spoofs the Watchtower. Jehovah’s Trumpet is to the Watchtower magazine what The Colbert Report is to Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor. The best part is the comments. Note that lots of people didn’t get the joke. If you were one of them, now you know! Bear in mind that this is the same website that features stories like Conjoined Twin Shuns Brother and Family Repudiates Thursdays.

Note to fellow skeptics and atheists: Remember to use critical thinking skills where applicable!

Evolution: A Satanic Theory

Also from Jehovah’s Trumpet. Same deal as above – lots of people didn’t get the joke. But this article was retweeted by Richard Dawkins and Penn Jillette. :)

Dawkins isn't even an XJW and he gets it!

 





Seth Andrews: The Ultimate Question

The link above will take you to the whole talk, which belongs as much under the heading of atheism as ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses. The video below takes you to a point in the talk where Seth (from The Thinking Atheist) talks about what it’s like to deal with family and others who look down on you for not believing what they believe. Ex-believers of all stripes should get why that appears here and not just in the atheist news section.

The thing is that many atheists and ex-Witnesses – even ex-Witnesses who still have faith in a deity or religion – have plenty in common. Exxers who bash atheists often miss the commonalities.

Note: If it won’t play in the little box below, or you want it bigger, just click on the button that says “YouTube” at the bottom of the box. :)

Chilliwack family blames RCMP for failing to return their daughter

Jeff Wier and Candis McCarville-Wier are the legal guardians for Cassidy McCarville; Candis is also her biological mother. The teen became a Jehovah’s Witness two years ago but her parents are not followers, and that has been a point of strife between Cassidy and her parents.

Candis says her daughter has taken the religion too far — preaching door to door instead of doing her school work. When she tried to ground Cassidy on Tuesday night, preventing her from going to a Jehovah’s Witness meeting, the teen ran away from home.

Candis McCarville-Wier says she just wants her 15-year-old daughter, who ran away from home after a dispute over being a Jehovah’s Witness, to come home and get counselling. (CBC)

Grammar Nazis take note: the article above is from Canada, so some words may look incorrect to you. No words were actually harmed in writing the article, however.

Blood Transfusions – What are the risks?

The typical Jehovah’s Witness believes that blood transfusions are bad medicine and the equivalent of playing Russian Roulette. They have been so thoroughly indoctrinated about the risks by the Watchtower Society that the mere thought is totally abhorrent to many of them. Oddly enough, it is not unusual to see these irrational fears persist even in former Jehovah’s Witnesses for many years after they leave the Watchtower Society.

AAWA Announces “Watchtower Victims Memorial Day”