Comparing cults – the most effective way to wake up a loved one?
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TV documentaries featuring members of other cults such as the Mormons (left) and Westboro Baptist Church (right) offer opportunities to help indoctrinated family members

If there is one reoccurring question, one burning issue that most readers who write in to JWsurvey need addressing, it is simply this… “how do I wake up my loved one?” Few things are more distressing than being reduced to … Continue reading

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Brett King says his son Ashya WOULD receive a blood transfusion if needed
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Brett King has declared that he would allow his son to receive blood

The Ashya King story has taken another surprising twist, with the Mirror reporting that Brett King WOULD allow his son to have a blood transfusion if his life were at stake. “I’m a Jehovah’s Witness, but I’m a father first … Continue reading

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Millions are oblivious to the preaching work, but “there is no need for us to be overly concerned”
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Jehovah's Witnesses preaching in New York on the 9/11 anniversary - but what about the lack of converts in the Asian and Arab world?

A prominent feature of Jehovah’s Witness teachings is the solemn belief that Armageddon will strike imminently, whereupon divine forces will slaughter pretty much everyone who isn’t a Witness. Not only is this proposition outrageous and obscene to anyone of modest … Continue reading

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Bible-shaped baptism pools take center stage at the South Korea international convention
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Baptismal candidates at the South Korea international convention symbolized their dedication in giant bibles

Photos have been released online showing a curious arrangement of bible-shaped baptism pools at the recent 2014 international convention in South Korea. It is unclear precisely who made the “bible pools,” or how much time and expense was invested in … Continue reading

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The Cedars Challenge: How to bring down JWsurvey
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Despite Watchtower prohibitions on conversing with 'apostates', JW apologists and defenders continue to do just that

It’s been nearly three years since JWsurvey was launched and we began posting blog articles on JW-related subjects. In that period we have been beset by more than our fair share of Watchtower defenders and apologists, who have shown great … Continue reading

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Ashya’s grandmother speaks out against “disgraceful” police treatment
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Ashya's grandmother, Patricia King, has reacted angrily at the police's response

The story of young Ashya King has taken a dramatic twist in the last 24 hours as it has emerged that the motives for his Jehovah’s Witness parents removing him from hospital were NOT religious as initially suspected by some … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witness parents on the run after grabbing child from hospital
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Ashya King with his mother, Naghemeh King, before he was taken

The life of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumor hangs in the balance after his Jehovah’s Witness parents took him from his hospital bed and fled the country with him. Ashya King was receiving “constant medical care within the … Continue reading

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Experts to highlight “undue influence” at London press conference
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Experts will be meeting in London to help raise awareness of undue influence

A workshop by author and respected cult expert Steven Hassan on the topic of undue influence has been organized for this coming weekend in London, and is already over-subscribed. Undue influence has been defined as any act of persuasion that … Continue reading

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“Treat your disfellowshipped loved ones as though they have been slain by Jehovah, and don’t mourn them!”
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Watchtower is piling on the misery for disfellowshipped ones with its latest propaganda

In what should surely rank among some of the most grotesque propaganda ever to be churned out by Watchtower’s writing department, Jehovah’s Witnesses are being asked to think of their disfellowshipped family members, not just as being dead, but as … Continue reading

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Why would Jesus appoint male chauvanists to his ‘faithful and discreet slave’?
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Some chauvinistic remarks made by Sam Herd during his time as a traveling overseer are circulating on YouTube

According to the current theology laid out in Watchtower publications, members of the Governing Body are individually appointed by Jesus to serve as part of his “faithful and discreet slave” – his earthly representatives charged with dispensing spiritual “food at … Continue reading

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At last! The results of the 2013 Global Survey are finally published
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The silent majority are slowly finding their voice

Nearly three years ago this website was launched with the aim of gathering the opinions of the “silent majority” – the multitudes of current and former Witnesses whose lives are profoundly impacted by the Governing Body but who have no … Continue reading

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Former Witnesses come together to mark Watchtower Victims Memorial Day
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Have you ever seen someone who has been victimized and then gets blamed for it? Perhaps as a current or former Jehovah’s Witness you have experienced this firsthand. Have you ever wondered why people blame victims for suffering they obviously … Continue reading

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Why it is wrong to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Putting victims of undue influence on trial for their delusions benefits no one

The JW.org website is reporting that a court in Russia has convicted and sentenced 7 Jehovah’s Witnesses for practicing their faith. Four congregation elders were given suspended prison sentences of five to five and a half years, and were ordered … Continue reading

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