As mentioned in my last post, the Association of Anti-Watchtower Activists (AAWA) is here to make the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society a less crappy place to live in1 and to help ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses who need it.
I have some updates for you about the Association of Anti-Watchtower Activists below.
AAWA has an update for us at An eventful journey – summing up AAWA’s launch | JWActivists.org
There have been highs, and there have been lows! I will do my best to state candidly and factually what we did right and what we got wrong.
My fellow board members and I went into this with our eyes wide open, expecting to divide opinion and make mistakes – but it was always going to be impossible to predict the response to something that has never been done before to this extent.
Atheism TV ran a story about the AAWA via The Infidel; News for the Damned (2013-04-12). The part about AAWA is about two minutes in. Note that this is a video link to an online news channel on YouTube.
Religion News ran a story called New organization takes on Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Watch Tower Society
AAWA says it is a strictly religiously-neutral organization. Legally incorporated on March 7th 2013, AAWA works with a Board of Directors, an Advisory Board, and volunteers.
Here’s a link at Topix called Association of Anti-Watchtower Activists about the AAWA. One commentator had this to say:
They selected a politically incorrect name out of the gate
Interesting name selection
Folks like to be For something. hence Pro-
While they are not to excited to Be against something. Hence Anti
The abortion groups learned this and on both sides of the issues changed their names to
As jw we were so shutout of political things we never learned these techniques that others learned years ago from being involved in politics
Just my 2
I confess some misgivings about the name as well. I do think it conveys the wrong message on one level. Yes, it’s a strong name for a strong stance, but it also makes the association sound like it could be full of extremists who want to picket Bethel headquarters. On the other hand, what do you call it? “The Association of Pro-Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses?”
There were also some rumblings about the name at JWD.
Time will tell. If need be, I suppose they can always change the name.
The AAWA was also mentioned at a blog called 100 USES FOR MUESLI at this link: Watchtower, beware!
You can volunteer to help the AAWA through their website and can join their Facebook page (but you have to be invited first). You can also get a badge added to your Facebook profile pic here to show your support.
- Yes, if you’re one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, we already know what you will say. The Society’s “truth” is awesome, every day is a dream come true. I know. I just disagree. ↩