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”

News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Video And Interview By Max Elfelt

VIDEO: Video & Interview – Jehovah’s Witnesses: An in depth look

Watchtower’s First Step Toward “Tithing”?

More on this can be found at this link as well.

NGO calls on Ministry to probe closed religious groups; Jehovah’s Witnesses under scrutiny

The UUT – the Support group for the Victims of Religions – has asked the Ministry of Justice to study ways in which to intervene in the activities of closed religious communities.  The group released a report Saturday on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which UUT claims uses its own internal judicial system with a board that interrogates members and hands down sentences for infractions.

The Watchtower and Mental Illness

An article from AAWA.

Being a Jehovah’s Witness is, as they say, “no walk in the park.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses live a very stressful lifestyle. While some find comfort and acceptance within the organization, a growing number realize that they are “living a lie.” They can not possibly live up to the standards the religion sets for them. Their sex lives are restrictive, they can not carry on normal relationships with non-Jehovah’s Witnesses, and they are banned from any contact with former Witnesses – including members of their own families. They have limited options for employment or expanding their education. The Watchtower Society even limits their medical options and choices for professional counseling or treatment.

Watchtower word games – letter orders changes in terminology and assembly arrangements

News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Terrence Howard Says, “If I Could I Would Be A Jehovah’s Witness.”

VIDEO: TERRENCE HOWARD :- “IF I COULD I WOULD BE A JEHOVAHS WITNESS

I list this, in part, because there continues to be an ongoing conversation about Terrence Howard’s comments. I began following the thread after leaving a comment several months ago. They are … interesting.

Watchtower continues assault on ‘devious’ and ‘hypocritical’ former believers

By Cedars. The Society’s website has online versions of the articles addressed in Cedar’s commentary here.

How the Watchtower Uses Undue Influence to Enforce Its Blood Policy

In my introduction, I asked the audience to think about the “Advanced Medical Directive” and to consider whether “undue influence” could ever play a role in the interference with and subsequent autonomy of any decisions made by an individual.
I then explained how the use of repetitive indoctrination teaches JWs from birth that to even consider having a blood transfusion would be incomprehensible “to anyone who really loved Jehovah God.” Yes, that would be the mindset for all JWs should they ever be confronted by a medical clinician informing them that they might need some type of blood treatment.

Jehovah’s Witnesses Branch Visit in November 2014 (USA only)

In other words, exxers like you and me might be getting visits soon. Gird your loins, people.

Letter to all Bodies of Elders about District Overseers

According to this letter, District Overseers will soon be a thing of the past. Their duties will be falling to Circuit Overseers. My experience with traveling overseers in general is that they are more about giving average Witnesses a chance to blow off steam about their local elders. They never did much for my old congregation, despite the fact that people were lining up to talk to them. Your mileage may have varied.

The Memorial of Christ’s Death – Why Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Observe it Annually?

In case you haven’t been invited yet, The Memorial approaches. I’ve already been invited in several languages. :)