Why I can no longer support aggressive forms of activism against Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Watchtower encourages JWs to think of former members as angry picketers, but are there smarter ways to break through indoctrination?

I can vaguely remember the last time I encountered “apostates” during my years as an active Witness. I recall they made their presence known at a summer convention. Whatever message they wished to convey seems to have been smothered by … Continue reading

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Lawsuit filed claiming historic child abuse and fraud in Texas

Reginald Tyrone Jackson stands accused of molesting multiple children while he was an elder

Last month the Dallas-based Turley Law Firm filed a civil lawsuit against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc. and Reginald Tyrone Jackson. The Petition outlines the sexual exploitation and abuse of children in Metroplex congregations in Plano, … Continue reading

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After his branch visit performance, is “Tight Pants Tony” now a liability for the Governing Body?
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Is Tony's position on the Governing Body now more of a hindrance than a help?

It seems almost unthinkable that Tony Morris should be forced to stand down from the Governing Body, but stranger things have happened. Ewart Chitty and Leo Greenlees were removed from the Governing Body in 1979 and 1984 respectively, albeit under … Continue reading

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“I do not answer to Watchtower” – Stunning Gerrit Lösch declaration revealed
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The declaration made by Gerrit Lösch in his efforts to avoid appearing in court has been made public

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses consider the Watch Tower Society to be almost synonymous with “God’s organization.” As such, they are to be obedient to all instructions passed down from it as though they are receiving these words from Jehovah himself. But … Continue reading

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Stephen Lett: More evidence for 1914 than for “gravity, electricity, wind!”
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Stephen Lett, pictured accepting a gift from a child at an international convention

A cornerstone teaching of the Jehovah’s Witness faith is the idea that Jesus began ruling over the Earth in 1914, when the “last days” before Armageddon are said to have commenced. The fact that this key event supposedly happened “invisibly” … Continue reading

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Watchtower ordered to pay $13.5 million in sex abuse case as Gerrit Lösch fails to testify
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It is without doubt Watchtower’s biggest courtroom defeat since the hammer-blow Candace Conti verdict of 2012. Jehovah’s Witnesses find themselves on the wrong end of a $13.5 million judgment, $10.5 million of which is earmarked as punitive damages against the … Continue reading

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Watchtower’s advice on mental health: A tale of two religions
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Watchtower offers two conflicting approaches to dealing with mental health

In 2011, Watchtower published a study article in which God was referred to as “the Great Physician.” The magazine gave advice to avoid contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses who had peacefully defected from their faith. These protestors were “diagnosed” (by a … Continue reading

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Governing Body takes to the stage together in newly-released Annual Meeting video
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The Governing Body are shown together for the first time on film on the new JW Broadcasting website

The new “tv.jw.org” website is barely off the ground, but it is wasting no time in posting some intriguing content. I have already discussed the October broadcast featuring Steven Lett in one of my latest YouTube videos. As I mentioned, … Continue reading

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Coming soon to a web browser near you – Governing Body TV (on demand)!
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Watchtower has announced a new website that will feature videos of monthly talks by the Governing Body

Today the 130th Annual Meeting of the Watch Tower Society was convened at the Jersey City assembly hall, or “Stanley Theater” as it is otherwise known. There once was a time when these were run-of-the-mill business meetings to keep Society … Continue reading

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“No support for my family” – Vermont sisters file against ex-Ministerial Servant and Watchtower for abuse

Annessa and Miranda Lewis are the latest to come forward with claims of abuse that could have been prevented or curtailed by Watchtower

A few mornings ago I checked my Facebook messages, as I routinely do when I first wake up. “Whoa, did you see this?,” wrote one of my close friends. A link followed to an article that both shocked and disturbed … Continue reading

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BETHEL LEAK: Three new ‘kingdom songs’ and details of Governing Body committees revealed
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The sheet music of three new 'kingdom songs' has been leaked to JWsurvey

An anonymous source has contacted JWsurvey with details of three new songs to be released at Watchtower’s 2014 Annual Meeting, which is expected to be held this coming weekend. Entitled “The Kingdom Is in Place – Let It Come!,” “Grant … Continue reading

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Do modern societies really understand the dangers of undue influence?

More people are now speaking out about the use of undue influence by the Governing Body and other self-styled divinely appointed leaders

Recently there has been a notable increase in articles and discussion threads using the term “undue influence” in relation to politics, advertising – and most especially religious beliefs and practices. To be quite honest, before I really got my arms … Continue reading

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Kingdom halls in Chile display the national flag
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At least two kingdom halls in Chile have been photographed displaying the national flag

Political neutrality has long been a hallmark of Jehovah’s Witnesses, at least in theory if not always in practice. Any use of national flags, whether by means of saluting or displaying them, has traditionally been viewed as a forbidden form … Continue reading

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