News And Links For Atheists AND Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses:

VIDEO: Hitler-The Atheist

Thanks to Whereami for that one.

From Missionary To Atheist Part 1

“An atheist?”, gasp some Jehovah’s Witnesses or even Ex-JW’s who I have revealed this to. “Haven’t you thrown out the baby with the bathwater?” they may protest using the worn-out cliché. Or “You must have rejected God so you can do whatever you want with your life. Well actually, no, neither of these statements adequately describes my journey. Permit me to explain. I would like to clarify what I mean by atheist. I do not deny that a god may exist. What I have concluded, after reviewing the evidence, is that neither the Bible-god nor any other god that humans have believed in throughout history has any basis in hard evidence. If there is a god, and he or she decides to break silence and demonstrate his or her existence, I would be happy to believe and even worship, if that is what the deity requires. At any rate, I hope that both believers and non-believers alike will find my experience to be interesting.

For many, the worst part of being an ex-Witness or an atheist is the assumptions people make. That, and their clumsy attempts to reconvert us. Part 2 can also be found here at Freeminds.

The Watchtower’s Shocking 2010 Elder’s Manual

This is almost a review of the manual as well as an outline.

Santa Wants To Die(!)

A Holiday Message From Ricky Gervais: Why I’m An Atheist

And then, in followup:

Does God Exist? Ricky Gervais Takes Your Questions

Thought I’d mention that I also made a few revisions to my essay. Download the PDF and let me know what you think. I’m also working on getting that podcast of it up and running, too. If you’re interested in getting involved with any future projects like that, you can email me (my email’s on the About page) or post your interest on this thread. Very special thanks to Edradour for the recordings he’s already sent!

News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Jehovahs Witnesses make money calling for end of the world

Jehovahs Witnesses make money calling for end of the world

Prophesying the End of Days can make you money but has a limited shelf life, Roger Ebert

Not so sure about the limited shelf life part, unfortunately.

The End Is Not Nigh: Take a Deep Breath and Move On

Former and soon-to-be-again presidential candidate Mike Huckabee believes the End Times are near. Sadly, he is not alone, which is why a candidate for the highest office in the land can be taken seriously after voicing such beliefs. As Huffington Post blogger Clay Farris Naff noted recently, predictions of the Apocalypse are nearly mainstream: Preacher Tim LaHaye has made a fortune with his bestselling Left Behind novels describing bad days ahead for non-believers, riding a trend that, with amazing irony, goes back centuries. The promise of a place in heaven following individual martyrdom or a global apocalyptic event is now and has long been a powerful lure.

On a similar note…

The Genius of the Beast

Watchtower Bible and Tract Society: Invitation To Public Forum Concerning Your Beliefs

Dear Watchtower, I would like to extend an invitation to you for an open, and transparent Public Debate. This debate would cover issues of concern, issues which you have published yourselves in your literature. There are, of course issues of more serious concern which the public, as well as members and former members of your organization would be glad for clarification on. Some of these issues are listed below.

Good luck buddy. Not so much with the debate, but in getting anyone of real importance to bite.

Jehovah’s Witness James Andrew Jarrold admits harassing former wife with texts and letters

This Halloween, Put the “Ho” back in Hoya.

Last year for Halloween, I was a Sexy Jehovah’s Witness. It was the perfect combination of lingerie-baring and political incorrectness for a costume in college. Now liberated from the disapproving eye of my mother, it was, in fact, the first “sexy” costume I had ever worn. Which basically consisted of me unbuttoning my Oxford an extra inch to reveal a sliver of my push-up bra. But no one understood my costume. People guessed: Sexy Secretary? Sexy Teacher? Sexy Catholic School Girl? (How ironic.) Apparently wearing a button-down, miniskirt, geeky glasses and a pastel tie from the ’90s elicits these responses, but alas, not Sexy Jehovah’s Witness. Good thing I carried my Bible.

Please love me half as much as I love your wardrobe.

Everyone Is Rational

“That makes no sense.” How many times a day do we find ourselves thinking that about other people’s behavior? Perhaps someone decides to refuse an offer to come to the head of a line; or chooses to spend more money for a brand name when the generic is identical in every way; or refuses a potentially life-saving procedure he desperately needs. But no one ever does anything without a reason that makes excellent sense—to them. Even when the reason is completely divorced from reality, as in schizophrenia, the thought process that flows from that first idea will usually be logical and sound. Once you accept that the F.B.I is listening in on your conversations through the radio receiver in your dental fillings, being wary of strangers and worrying you might be arrested both become eminently reasonable and entirely rational.

About Faith: Religious conversion is a common occurrence.

Religious conversion sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it’s an everyday reality: About a third of us have switched our religious affiliation at some point. According to surveys conducted by the City University of New York, well-established faiths like the Methodists have been dwindling. Big gainers include the born-again Evangelicals, the Seventh Day Adventists and the Pentecostals—and the Buddhists, too—as well as nondenominational Christian churches. Which group is growing the fastest? The 29.5 million Americans who claim no religion at all.

Wait for it…

Religions with highest turnover (people both joining and leaving the church): Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhism

Link: Blatant Misquotes In The Origin Of Life Booklet

Origin of Life BrochureEx-Jehovah’s Witnesses who really dug into the Society’s old Creation Book (like myself) will appreciate Blatant misquotes in the Origin of Life booklet. The rest of the web site looks like it might be interesting for ex-Witnesses, too … if they speak it’s language, that is. But this article is in English.

Thanks to Copernic (as he’s known on JWD) for the article. He is looking for proofreaders to make sure his English is good. Maybe we can give him a hand by posting comments here.

Note that those curious about the honesty behind creationist literature can often contact any scientists, or other sources, being quoted by doing a simple internet search. I did this with the Creation Book to see if the critics were telling the truth when they said the quotes were misleading. They were right, of course. What you typically find is that the source’s words were taken out of context, or the source wasn’t qualified as an authority on the subject.


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News and Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: How I obtained my personal files from Bethel…

How I obtained my personal files from Bethel using the Australian Privacy Act 1988

The Watchtower Society collects and stores a variety of records regarding its followers which are retained even after a member requests to be no longer considered a Jehovah’s Witness. Included are publisher report cards, pioneer applications, and letters to the body of elders when a person moves congregation. In particular, records of judicial committee cases are stored regarding the investigation and discipline of “sins”. This account is divided into two parts. The first details the lengthy process I undertook to gain access to my personal records from Bethel, including scans of the legal correspondence. The second part includes scans of the information Bethel holds on file, with a brief description of the background behind each form or letter.

Recovery from Mormonism – the Mormon Church

A site for those who are Questioning their faith in the Mormon Church And for those who need support As they transition their lives to a normal life. We are not affiliated with any religion and we do not advocate any religion.

MP3s !!! 2010-2011 DC TALKS (1), WatchTower SocietyJWD Real Deal on Watchtower Properties

The Real Deal looks at the Watchtower’s Brooklyn Heights real estate holdings and speculates how much the organization could make once it decides to put its remaining properties here on the market:

How Jehovah’s Witness Help Battered Wives

Spiritual Abuse 12 question checklist

Prince – world exclusive interview: Peter Willis goes inside the star’s secret world

For those who are into famous Jehovah’s Witnesses…

And, to a fellow ex-Witness turned atheist blogger, Moxie, best wishes to you. Sorry for the bad news. (She knows why…) Luckily, you have a lot of friends online to help you get through the tough times. For everyone else, if you’re a former Jehovah’s Witness and haven’t been to Moxie’s ex-Witness site, check it out. There are plenty of new friends over there waiting for you.

Finally, a side note for the regulars: Faabo (one of those news/”buzz” sites) has added Atheist Geek News to their list of atheist sites. Cool. Well, for me it is…