Category Archives: Cedars’ Blog

A Revealing Event: London Conference Highlights Child Abuse Among Jehovah’s Witnesses
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I have sat through many Jehovah’s Witness conventions and assemblies over the years. Without exception, the time always seemed to pass very slowly and, even at my most indoctrinated, I would catch myself counting the hours and minutes before the seemingly … Continue reading

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Echoes of the 1930s as Governing Body asks Jehovah’s Witnesses to mobilize for letter-writing campaign
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As the threat of a total ban on their activities in Russia looms closer, 8 million Jehovah’s Witnesses have been asked by their leaders, the Governing Body, to participate in a letter-writing campaign protesting the infringement of religious freedoms. A press … 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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Why It’s Wrong to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Putin’s Russia has something of a history when it comes to harassing, intimidating and threatening to ban my former religion: Jehovah’s Witnesses. Many are the reports of literature confiscated, of meetings disrupted and of incriminating literature planted by uniformed rent-a-thugs with the aim of … Continue reading

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Bad omens for Watchtower as new Yearbook shows decreases for Canada, Australia and much of Europe
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The 2017 Yearbook is now available on JW.org, and the much-anticipated figures in the “Service Year Report” tell the story of an organization that is haemorrhaging members and barely keeping its head above water. Even in the United States of … Continue reading

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“Pay Up Joyfully to Jehovah”: New songbook includes not-so-subtle plea for donations
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On Sunday we reported on how the 2016 annual meeting was less than thrilling compared to previous years. Witnesses have grown accustomed to these events being used to unveil new publications, announce momentous organizational changes, or reveal “new light” on Bible verses. But it seems there was something we … Continue reading

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The 2016 annual meeting: The most uneventful in years?
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In recent years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have come to expect much from Watchtower’s annual meeting – an ostensibly corporate event that has been increasingly used to unveil new publications, or new “understandings of scripture.” At the 2011 meeting, it was announced that … Continue reading

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Sneak preview: A book that tells the story of a “reluctant apostate”

It was the winter of 2012. All the talk among ex-JWs was about the Candace Conti lawsuit, recent “new light” about the “faithful and discreet slave” and, of course, the “Become Jehovah’s Friend” DVD featuring a certain ill-fated dumpster-bound warrior wizard named … Continue reading

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Sorry Watchtower! (You may be an abusive organization, but you didn’t fake a recording)
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My aim with this website has always been to be as honest as possible in any criticism of Watchtower. When I get it wrong, or cast aspersions that turn out to be unsubstantiated, I want to be quick to hold my … Continue reading

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Did Watchtower fake a 1958 speech for propaganda purposes?
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[Update: Since writing this article, it is clear that Watchtower did NOT fake the recording referred to. Here is my apology.] Last month’s JW Broadcasting episode, hosted by Samuel Herd and Alex Reinmueller, featured a heart-tugging segment about Jehovah’s Witnesses living … Continue reading

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No expense spared: Governing Body members DO fly business class
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Earlier today, JWsurvey was contacted by an airline employee based at a major European airport who was willing to give a remarkable insight into the lavish lifestyle of Governing Body members. Though this won’t come as a surprise to many, … Continue reading

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The Worst Convention Ever – Part 5: Friday
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I don’t mind admitting it. When I decided to make a series of videos to compliment articles on JWsurvey about the “Worst Convention Ever” (the “Remain Loyal to Jehovah” 2016 regional convention) I bit off way more than I could chew. … Continue reading

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