The Book Corner – Combating Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan
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The 25th Anniversary edition of Combating Cult Mind Control includes extensive material on Jehovah's Witnesses

When renowned cult expert Steven Hassan first published his seminal work Combatting Cult Mind Control in 1988, the world was a very different place. There was no internet, so mega-cults like Watchtower, Scientology and the Moonies had a free run … Continue reading

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Why class distinction among Jehovah’s Witnesses is alive and flourishing
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Are elders' children given a longer leash in Jehovah's impartial organization?

Jehovah’s Witnesses pride themselves on having overcome all social barriers. But there is more to this claim than meets the eye. This is the story of how I discovered the subtle and little-known class distinctions among Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witness mother refuses blood transfusion leaving behind NINE children
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A Jehovah's Witness mother leaves behind nine children after refusing blood

If a Jehovah’s Witness is in need of a life-saving blood transfusion and no other options are available, they are instructed to die. This was the case with a woman from Ghana named Rebecca Dankwa. She had had eight previous … Continue reading

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Landmark victory sees Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse victim receive six-figure sum
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Under fire: The Britain branch office (pictured) says it will "review" the six-figure judgment

The BBC has today reported on a landmark ruling at London’s High Court that sees a victim of child sex abuse as a result of safeguarding failures by Watchtower become the first person to win a civil suit against the … Continue reading

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Divide and conquer: Why Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot be called a “family friendly” faith
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Jehovah's Witness beliefs are not as conducive to keeping families together as you might think

They are a familiar sight walking through residential areas, all dressed up with their Bibles and literature. Eagerly, they go from house to house ready and willing to warn of a looming doomsday they believe the Bible foretells. They are … Continue reading

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2015 convention interviewer praises parents who shunned their kid
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In a video clip from the 2015 convention series, Robert and Brenda Sutton are praised for shunning their child

It is a predicament that all too many visitors to this website, myself included, find themselves in: believing Jehovah’s Witness relatives cutting off all contact in the belief they must do so in order to show loyalty to God. And … Continue reading

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Brave and inspirational schoolgirl Brie takes internet by storm with viral video
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A tearful Brie gives a brave speech in front of her classmates in a video that would later go viral

Chances are if you’re reading this you are one of the 536,000 (and counting!) people who has already seen a remarkable video by a courageous schoolgirl named Brie. Brie, a senior at Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was given an … Continue reading

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Watchtower’s influence comes under scrutiny in family court

A judge at Leicester law courts (pictured) has concluded Watchtower beliefs were causing one boy "emotional harm"

A family judge in Leicester, England has determined that the seven-year-old son of a Jehovah’s Witness mother should be removed from her care due to “emotional harm” being caused at home, so reports the Daily Mail. School officials testified that … Continue reading

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Cough up, kids – Watchtower needs your ice cream money!
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A new Watchtower cartoon urges Witness kids to give up their pocket money

As Jehovah’s Witnesses the world over continue to digest the latest “historic” JW Broadcasting episode, in which the Governing Body admits to having a shortfall in funds and asks Witnesses to give their “valuable things” to compensate, a video has emerged … Continue reading

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Stephen Lett admits income/expenditure shortfall as he reminds Witnesses to donate “valuable things”
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The May episode of JW Broadcasting features Stephen Lett asking JWs to cover a shortfall in funds

The May 2015 episode of JW Broadcasting was billed by its host, Governing Body member Stephen Lett, as being a “historic” one. It ended up being just that, but for none of the reasons given. Lett opened the program by … Continue reading

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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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