Category Archives: Apostates

The Friday Column: Leave no man behind
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I had brothers when I was a Jehovah’s Witness. They were not related to me. We shared no blood. Neither did I use this term in the arbitrary “spiritual” sense, granting brotherhood simply because someone shared my religious beliefs irrespective … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: The Plight of the Watchtower Whistleblower
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When I left the Jehovah’s Witnesses I was presented with some “options”: keep quiet or suffer a character assassination along with total ostracism. It didn’t really feel like a choice, because I was compelled to speak out due to the … Continue reading

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The trouble with apostates (and why it shouldn’t put you off being one)
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At the beginning of October I produced and participated in a video featuring 62 Jehovah’s Witness apostates from all over the world. The video has so far attracted more than 24,000 views. Our message to believing JWs was simple: apostates … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Why Speak Out?
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Oftentimes, when speaking to friends and acquaintances I am asked, “Why? Why do you care what the Witnesses do? Why do you bother writing articles or helping the ex-JW movement? Why not just move on and forget it all?” I’m … Continue reading

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Inducing phobias: How the Watchtower uses irrational fears to solidify membership
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If I lay a plank across two overturned buckets, it should be simple to walk across it unharmed. If I take that same plank, however, and suspend it across an extremely deep and narrow chasm the walk across would be … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Kindness of the World
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As a Jehovah’s Witness child, our religious community was seen as a spiritual paradise in contrast to all other organizations on earth. This mindset was routinely emphasized in Watchtower publications. One Watchtower assures us that “[God] has made it possible for honest hearted … Continue reading

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The must-read story of a ministerial servant and his wife who woke up in the last few months
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I will never forget the feeling of liberation I felt in November 2013 when I published the story of my awakening on JWsurvey, thus revealing my identity for anyone who knew me. I knew the article would eventuate in my … Continue reading

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Why class distinction among Jehovah’s Witnesses is alive and flourishing
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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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Brave and inspirational schoolgirl Brie takes internet by storm with viral video
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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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Gregorio Smith gives JWsurvey readers exclusive offer as he takes “Truth Be Told” on European Tour
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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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“Je suis Charlie” – Why events in Paris should be a wake-up call for Jehovah’s Witnesses
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I was in Zurich making my way home from a series of Jehovah’s Witness-related gatherings in Europe when I first heard news of the terrible events in Paris on January 7th. On that awful day masked gunmen burst into the … Continue reading

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Why I can no longer support aggressive forms of activism against Jehovah’s Witnesses
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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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Watchtower’s advice on mental health: A tale of two religions
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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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