JW.org does partial U-turn over Awake! magazine Rama Singh misquote
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JW.org has removed their misquote of Rama Singh from digital versions of Awake! magazine

Some of you will remember that back in January we reported on the latest example of a Watchtower publication misquoting an academic to get its anti-science views across. Biologist Rama Singh was quoted in the January 2015 Awake! magazine with … Continue reading

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“We are not done yet!” – Candace reacts to appeal court decision
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Candace Conti (pictured in her interview with ABC) has spoken out for the first time about the appeal court decision

As current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses digest the news that Watchtower’s appeal against the Candace Conti verdict has faltered, albeit with the punitive element of the judgment reversed, Candace has reacted for the first time by telling me: “We are … Continue reading

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Conti appeal: Watchtower’s punitive damages reversed but negligence for lack of field service supervision is affirmed

The appeal court in the Conti case has overturned Watchtower's punitive damages, but upheld the judgment of negligence

It’s a bittersweet day for Candace Conti, her family and supporters, as they digest the appeal court’s reversal of the “cause of action” for Watchtower’s punitive damages in her sex abuse case. Though the amended verdict remains a victory in … Continue reading

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My response to the haters (and why I can’t always shake it off)
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Abuse from fanatical Cedars-bashers like Tony Balchen (pictured) is beginning to take its toll

I suffer from depression, but even at my darkest moments, when my mind has briefly flirted with notions of suicide, I’ve always thought what a bad choice that would be. There are just so many different ways a person’s life … Continue reading

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Harmful beliefs – woman and her unborn child perish after she refuses a blood transfusion
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Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, where a Jehovah's Witness woman and her child have died due to the blood policy

Is there such a thing as a lifesaving blood transfusion? To some that may seem like a silly question, but it’s something many Jehovah’s Witnesses are skeptical about. Section 4 of their new “history” book mentions the concept while talking … Continue reading

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Ashya King reported as cancer-free by parents
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Ashya King with his mother while being treated in Prague last year

The parents of five-year-old Ashya King have told reporters that their son is now cancer-free, after receiving proton therapy for a brain tumor in Prague. Readers may recall the family made headlines last August after an international manhunt commenced when … Continue reading

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Witnesses on Instagram respond to images of tragic JW mother who died refusing blood
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Michelle, who would die refusing blood after giving birth, is pictured at her baby shower

Since a doctrinal decision reached at Watchtower headquarters some time in 1945, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been prohibited from receiving various medical treatments involving blood. This has resulted in untold numbers of Witnesses over many decades (including children) dying out of … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witness New Orleans airport machete attacker dies

Richard White pictured shortly after the incident

Richard White, 63, a Jehovah’s Witness, has been identified by authorities as the man who wielded a machete on Friday night (March 20, 2015) at Louis Armstrong, New Orleans International Airport. Also armed with insect spray during the attack, White charged … Continue reading

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Gregorio Smith gives JWsurvey readers exclusive offer as he takes “Truth Be Told” on European Tour
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Filmmaker Gregorio Smith is taking his production to audiences in Europe

As the HBO film “Going Clear” earns rave reviews for shining a light on the inner workings of the Scientology cult, it is worth remembering that the Watchtower organization is not without its own hard-hitting film expose. Released online last … Continue reading

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What is JWsurvey’s approach to science, religion and the bible?
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Religious neutrality is an essential element of JWsurvey

Frequent visitors to JWsurvey will be familiar with this website’s posting guidelines for comments, which include the following rule regarding religious neutrality: “Do not post comments that are evangelical in nature or may be construed as imposing one person’s religious … Continue reading

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Big Eyes, Big Lies: Painter Margaret Keane and the Truth
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Big Eyes starring Amy Adams (left) tells the story of JW painter Margaret Keane (right) and the fraud that shook the art world

It wasn’t easy as a creative child growing up in a devout Jehovah’s Witness household. My early dreams of becoming an artist were squashed by the future forced upon me. According to my indoctrination the only real career outlet for … Continue reading

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Kendrick cornered by reporter as ABC News shines spotlight on Watchtower’s child abuse record
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Jehovah's Witness and convicted pedophile Jonathan Kendrick is cornered by a reporter on ABC News

The hits just keep on coming for Watchtower as the fallout from the 2012 Conti verdict continues to snowball. In an astonishing ABC report, aired last night on Nightline, Candace Conti’s abuser Jonathan Kendrick was confronted on his own driveway … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witness Burridge accused of giving “special cuddles” as he abused young girl
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Burridge outside Bournemouth Crown Court

Jehovah’s Witness David Burridge, who also goes by the name “Martin,” is accused of indecently assaulting a young girl several times between 1975 and 1983. In addition, he is alleged to have indecently assaulted a young boy between 1999 and … Continue reading

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