Category Archives: Cedars’ Blog

Witnesses on Instagram respond to images of tragic JW mother who died refusing blood
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Michelle, who would die refusing blood after giving birth, is pictured at her baby shower

Since a doctrinal decision reached at Watchtower headquarters some time in 1945, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been prohibited from receiving various medical treatments involving blood. This has resulted in untold numbers of Witnesses over many decades (including children) dying out of … Continue reading

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What is JWsurvey’s approach to science, religion and the bible?
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Religious neutrality is an essential element of JWsurvey

Frequent visitors to JWsurvey will be familiar with this website’s posting guidelines for comments, which include the following rule regarding religious neutrality: “Do not post comments that are evangelical in nature or may be construed as imposing one person’s religious … Continue reading

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Kendrick cornered by reporter as ABC News shines spotlight on Watchtower’s child abuse record
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Jehovah's Witness and convicted pedophile Jonathan Kendrick is cornered by a reporter on ABC News

The hits just keep on coming for Watchtower as the fallout from the 2012 Conti verdict continues to snowball. In an astonishing ABC report, aired last night on Nightline, Candace Conti’s abuser Jonathan Kendrick was confronted on his own driveway … Continue reading

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Stephen Lett slams “apostate-driven lies and dishonesties” concerning child abuse record
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Stephen Lett has slammed criticism of Watchtower's child abuse record as "lies and dishonesties"

Governing Body member Stephen Lett has slammed criticism of the organization’s child abuse record as “apostate-driven lies and dishonesties” in a video released on Watchtower’s new “JW Broadcasting” website. Lett, who recently raised eyebrows by saying there is more evidence … Continue reading

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“Great balls of fire!” – More doomsday artwork in new May 2015 Watchtower
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The new public Watchtower magazine gives more chilling visions of an anticipated apocalypse

Not content with telling Witness children they may die if they don’t listen at meetings, Watchtower is making sure its doomsday message is heard loud and clear in the latest May 2015 public edition of the Watchtower magazine. A striking … Continue reading

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PBS airs Trey Bundy’s must-see documentary on child sex abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses
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PBS has aired a damning report on Watchtower's mishandling of child abuse

Yesterday, February 16, 2015, at 6pm EST, PBS Newshour aired a stunning 9-minute expose of Watchtower’s policy of secrecy regarding pedophiles. Anyone who watched it will have been given a shocking glimpse of the magnitude of the problem of child … Continue reading

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Is the media finally grasping just how bad Watchtower’s child abuse problem is?
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Watchtower is finally getting some serious media scrutiny over its child abuse policies

One of the most frustrating aspects of trying to raise awareness of the harm caused by Watchtower is how little journalists seem to care about serious issues such as shunning and the mishandling of child abuse within the organization. When … Continue reading

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“Pay attention or die!” – A disturbing glimpse of JW child indoctrination at work
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The latest JW child indoctrination cartoon carries a threatening message

Anyone who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness can empathize with the scenario of two children struggling to hold their attention at a kingdom hall meeting. And this is exactly the predicament in which Watchtower’s model cartoon children, Caleb and … Continue reading

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Full program of United States elders meeting leaked on YouTube
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GB helper Robert Luccioni addresses elders on the broadcast

A few days ago I posted an article about a special meeting to which all elders in the United States branch territory were invited. The purpose of the LDC (Local Design/Construction Department) meeting was to unveil a new style of … Continue reading

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The day I prank-called a Governing Body member
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Tony Morris - now slightly better acquainted with JWsurvey

On Wednesday evening something very rare and unexpected happened. I had a phone conversation with Anthony Morris III – a Governing Body member (and one of Advocate magazine’s Craziest Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorists of 2014). As almost anyone outside of Watchtower … Continue reading

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New commercial-style standard kingdom hall design unveiled to elders
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If you live in the United States, could this be what your next local kingdom hall will look like?

On Saturday, January 31st a special meeting was held for all elders in the United States Branch Territory. A letter sent out in advance advised elders that the meeting would be to unveil “a new, dramatically different Kingdom Hall design.” … Continue reading

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The Bethel “Happy” video – unauthorized shenanigans or calculated propaganda stunt?
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The Bethel "Happy" video: the work of an individual, or Watchtower?

In Spring of last year I helped organize a group of former Jehovah’s Witnesses from various countries to film our own dance video to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. I felt this was a great way of showing the … Continue reading

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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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