Category Archives: Apostates

Facebook shuts down ExJW group for “Hate Speech”

In a disturbing move that could have worrying implications for wider ExJW and anti-cult activism, it appears that Facebook has just shut down a pivotal activist Facebook page. The page in question is that of AvoidJW. For those not familiar, … Continue reading

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Dead Man Walking: The Story of Phil Dunne, Survivor of Watchtower’s Blood Ban
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In my five years as an ex-JW activist, I have had the privilege of interviewing some truly remarkable, inspirational people – including brave survivors of child molestation and domestic violence. Each person I have interviewed has enriched my knowledge of … Continue reading

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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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