Category Archives: Cedars’ Blog

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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21st Century Christian martyrdom: Tony Morris praises JW boy who died refusing blood
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The three-day regional conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are given different themes from year to year. This year’s theme of “Remain Loyal to Jehovah” offers a fascinating hint of the paranoia gripping the Governing Body leadership as the internet helps an increasing outflow shed their … Continue reading

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Update: JWsurvey editorial team meets in London to discuss future plans
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Earlier this month I had an opportunity to finally meet Covert Fade and John Redwood in person during a trip to London. Shortly after shaking hands for the first time, John surprised me with my very own Telly Award in … Continue reading

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Why Watchtower should be ashamed of its new homophobic child propaganda cartoon
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It was in the summer 2012 that Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world were first introduced to Caleb and Sophia, the Governing Body’s new animated poster kids. Their first cartoon adventures, which were distributed in DVDs at conventions and on the organization’s … Continue reading

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Science-denial to be a regular feature of Watchtower’s monthly JW Broadcasting episodes
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Watchtower has a long and ignominious history with its forays into the realm of science. Charles Taze Russell’s 1914 film The Photo-Drama of Creation advised cinema audiences that Earth was assembled in 49,000 years, that Noah’s Flood was caused by a Saturn-like orbital ring … Continue reading

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