News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Chemicals found buried in upstate NY…

Chemicals found buried at upstate NY property; state agency investigating group’s property | The Republic

SHAWANGUNK, N.Y. — State officials are investigating chemical pollution found buried at an upstate New York property owned by the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization.

Blood-free kidney transplant carried out between two Jehovah’s Witnesses

Surgeons have performed a blood-free kidney transplant between Debra and Jade Gouldbourne, two Jehovah’s Witnesses – despite the patients not being a donor match.

Brooklyn man leaps 15 stories to his death

A troubled man jumped to his death from a Brooklyn rooftop Wednesday in front of horrified bystanders below, police and witnesses said.

Note that another article about the suicide can be found here which is less informative, but has a healthy debate taking place among its readers.

On a related point, at least one source claims that suicide is 5 to 10 times higher among Jehovah’s Witnesses than the general population. This is interesting, but is the claim true? It isn’t hard to find articles that claim Witnesses have a higher instance of mental problems like suicide, yet many of them don’t seem to give a lot of detail about how they came about that information. They really should.

In the future, I hope more of the authors behind these claims will give real details about their findings. Otherwise, we can only wonder if they’re telling the truth. I may be a critic of the Society, but I don’t instantly believe every criticism I hear.

If the Apostles Had Been Like the Governing Body….

Whenever challenged on the false dates set by the Governing Body (representing the “faithful and discreet slave” class) such as 1914, 1918, 1925 and 1975, a Jehovah’s Witness will likely fall back on the official Watch Tower Society defence, and it will probably go something like this;

Belief Contamination | Psychology Today

Except that I don’t believe our negative reaction to finding out that people about whom we care believe differently from us is fueled by a desire to help them become happier. I think, in fact, our negative reaction is far more consistent with a response to a threat. Not a threat to our ability to believe as we do, but rather a threat to our very existence. At some level, coming into contact with contradictory beliefs seems almost to trigger our fight-or-flight response, as if the existence of contradictory beliefs might threaten, if not our lives, our personal way of life.

Perhaps because, in fact, this is often the case. We live in the midst of a sea of other people whose beliefs do impact our lives. It does matter what others around us believe. Which is perhaps why contradictory beliefs create such overreactions in people (far too often tragic overreactions).

Presentation to Exmormon Conference

I continue to find that ex-Mormons and ex-Witnesses have a lot in common. The link above will offer you a downloadable MP3 on a conference given to ex-Mormons that might be of interest to fellow exxers.

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6 Responses to News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Chemicals found buried in upstate NY…

  1. Straight up doctrinal facts on Jehovah Witness cult.

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach preach that Jesus had his return aka second coming October 1914,then they spin all sorts of doctrinal embellishments on that date with 1918 being their appointment by Jesus as sole heirs of this 1914 Kingdom coming.
    They teach Michael the Archangel is one and same as Jesus.
    Have a deadly dogma prohibiting whole blood transfusion but use cow’s blood calling it *Hemopure*.
    They teach only 144,000 go to heaven,on and on and on with made up man made dogmas……JW are a spin-off of the second adventist and have this in common with the SDA both of which shun Christmas holiday.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses promotion of their Watchtower sect has the net effect of stumbling and turning people off to the real Gospel.
    Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte; and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matt 23:15)

    Danny Haszard born 3rd generation Jehovah’s Witness dannyhaszard.com

    • Danny,

      Sorry bro, but you are dangerously close to spamming my web site right now. These are not well thought out arguments that are relevant to the posts in any way. They neither support nor deny anything I write about, and they do not encourage any sort of discussion. Instead of adding to the articles, they seem more like a list of gripes and complaints that have no bearing on anything here other than the fact that I do criticize the same organization you are criticizing. But writing stuff like that is kinda, like, my job here. You know? Do that on your own web site if that’s the tone you’re going for.

      If you truly want to write something here, contact me about doing an article as a guest. But I will want a different style and tone than the ones shown in your comments. If you don’t think I’m treating you fairly, convince me I’m wrong by contacting me directly. You can find my email on the About page. I would appreciate it.

      No disrespect intended.

  2. Ty says:

    “Jehovah’s Witnesses promotion of their Watchtower sect has the net effect of stumbling and turning people off to the real Gospel.”

    Oh no! Their fake beliefs are different from your fake beliefs?

  3. Yeah, I can’t help but feel that Danny is just posting stuff here to promote his own web site. I asked him once to stop it once already.

    I don’t even mind the religious comments, but I want them to be relevant to the topic. Right now, it kinda seems like spam. :-/

  4. Sleepy says:

    I don’t like spam.

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