Category Archives: Cedars’ Blog

Tony’s JW Broadcasting rant against higher education: a masterclass in cult propaganda
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Tony Morris' performance on JW Broadcasting showed in microcosm how cult indoctrination works

When the JW Broadcasting website was first announced at last year’s annual meeting I immediately relished the prospect of seeing Tony Morris in front of the camera in glorious technicolor for an hour-long show. I consider myself Tony’s number 1 … Continue reading

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Watchtower AGAIN misquotes scientist to argue against evolution – and this time, it’s personal!
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Biologist Rama Singh has written an open letter to the editor of the Awake magazine complaining about the way he was misquoted

It has long been known that, when it comes to their efforts to discredit evolution, Watchtower writers are more than willing to utilize the dark arts of misquoting to get their point across. In June last year I published an … Continue reading

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Watchtower appears in court to give oral arguments in appeal against Candace Conti verdict
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Candace Conti speaking at a news conference in 2013

In June 2012 the online community of free-thinking current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses was rocked by the news of a multimillion dollar verdict against Watchtower in a case regarding the mishandling of child sex abuse. News of the development spread … 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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Dear Watchtower, THANK YOU for your “tight pants” copyright complaint!
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By now I’ve written a number of articles about Watchtower, but it’s been a while since I’ve written anything addressing the organization directly. A recent development, however, has moved me to write my former religious leaders a sincere open letter … Continue reading

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Mark Sewell has appeal rejected as yet another UK JW sex abuse case begins
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Mark Sewell (left) has had an appeal against his sentence refused while Barry Furlong (right) stands accused of also being a sexual predator

Earlier this year Mark Sewell, a Jehovah’s Witness from South Wales, was convicted for eight historic sex offenses, including rape, which took place between 1987 and 1995. This Wednesday, December 10th, Sewell appeared at Cardiff Crown Court to appeal his … Continue reading

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Judge intervenes to grant blood transfusion for boy despite parents’ “devout beliefs”
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On Monday a number of UK newspapers reported that the son of two devout Jehovah’s Witnesses WILL be given a blood transfusion if he needs it, following a ruling by a high court judge. Doctors told Mr Justice Moylan that … Continue reading

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Which one is the answer? – Watchtower sends two replies to one letter
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The London branch office has sent a JWsurvey reader two replies to the same question

A JWsurvey reader has been left scratching his head after receiving two separate and conflicting answers to his question from Watchtower’s London headquarters. His initial letter, sent on November 6th, asked the simple question: “Could you please tell me if … Continue reading

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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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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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