News And Links For Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses: Association of Anti-Watchtower Activists in the News

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 |

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

Pro life

Pro choice

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.

  1. 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.

Video: A Message To Jehovah’s Witnesses From Antiwatchtower Activists

Video: A Message To Jehovah’s Witnesses From Antiwatchtower Activists

This is video from a new group with a new website. is the official website of The Association of Anti-Watchtower Activists, a legally incorporated organization representing an international group of campaigners against the Watch Tower Society. Most of its associates are either current or former Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The best part is the message on their Open Offer page:

AAWA extends an open offer to the Watch Tower Society to meet with the Governing Body (or its representatives) to discuss ways in which the organization can continue its religious activities without harming both current and former believers. AAWA firmly believes in the rights of religious freedom, but not when these impinge on other individual rights. Specifically, AAWA believes that Watchtower has become guilty of impinging the individual rights of its followers in five key areas…

The message implies that this isn’t a website for angry rants or name calling. They seem to be in-line with my own philosophy on dealing with the culture of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the organization behind it, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. I hope you guys will support this voice of sanity.

Best of luck to AAWA from the Atheist Geek!