Category Archives: Cedars’ Blog

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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In the new cartoon, Sophia's mum teaches her how to be judgmental and bigoted

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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Yaroslav Dovhanych and Professor Raj Kalaria endorse Watchtower's anti-evolution stance

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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Extra leak: Personal Qualifications Report (or snitching form) now available
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Another disturbing document has come to light

Yesterday I reported that an extremely sensitive Watchtower document, the Circuit Overseer Guidelines, has been leaked by a disaffected circuit overseer. While reviewing the document for my article, I noticed frequent references to another document called the Personal Qualifications Report, or S-326. I was … Continue reading

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Major leak: Rogue Watchtower insider leaks Circuit Overseer Guidelines document
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A circuit overseer has leaked out a highly-confidential document

Last year proved to be an eventful year for leaks, with key announcements for the Annual Meeting divulged in advance, and the hitherto highly-secretive Correspondence Guidelines becoming available. And this year, 2016, promises to be no different. Previously only circulated online in … Continue reading

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The 2016 Global Survey of Jehovah’s Witnesses is launched!
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More than 6,000 had their say in the 2015 Global Survey of Jehovah's Witnesses

You will all be pleased to know that the 2016 Global Survey of Jehovah’s Witnesses was launched this weekend, and already has 124 responses. To add your voice to the new survey, simply click on the “have your say” graphic … Continue reading

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Under new management: JWsurvey welcomes new Editor and Assistant Editor for next three months
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With any worthwhile cause, many hands make light work

It gives me great pleasure to announce some exciting changes. Over the last few months I have been gradually expanding our team of writers. The more I have witnessed the skills and attributes of my wonderful team, the more I have grown in confidence … Continue reading

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Watchtower’s ‘new light’ scrapheap: The ever-decreasing shelf life of ‘spiritual food’
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Watchtower is quietly discontinuing a number of its well-known publications

The last time I ever set foot in the kingdom hall of an English-speaking congregation was in 2012. It was an excruciating experience. I was fully awakened, and attended only in an ultimately-vain attempt to quiet some of the gossip … Continue reading

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Spotlight: The movie every Jehovah’s Witness simply MUST watch
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The film "Spotlight" tells the story of Boston Globe journalists who uncovered widespread child abuse in the Catholic Church

Last night my wife and I were able to watch an exceptional movie – one of those rare cinematic experiences that combines gripping performances with a compelling story-line and a powerful message. And it is a message that ALL Jehovah’s … Continue reading

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Does Jehovah control the weather?
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Watchtower is increasingly crediting Jehovah with manipulating the weather in their favor

“How many of our brothers have been affected?” During my years as a Jehovah’s Witness, that was usually the first question on the lips of friends and family whenever reports came through of a catastrophic natural disaster. Watchtower literature frequently … Continue reading

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The trouble with apostates (and why it shouldn’t put you off being one)
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There is a war going on among apostates, but it is no reason for gloating by Jehovah's Witnesses

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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My response to Mark Sanderson’s “come home to Jehovah” November broadcast
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Mark Sanderson makes an emotional appeal for inactive ones to return

Last night I was contacted by one of my Facebook friends who was facing a dilemma. They had themselves been approached by a believing relative regarding the November JW Broadcasting episode, hosted by Mark Sanderson. This new episode revisits the … Continue reading

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Highly-secretive “Talmudic” Correspondence Guidelines document leaked by Watchtower insider
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The November 2014 JW Broadcasting episode shows mail being sorted at Watchtower's correspondence department

The last few weeks will have been deeply frustrating for the Governing Body, as multiple leaks have exposed a growing resentment of their attitudes and policies among an increasing number of bethel workers. And now a fresh leak from a Watchtower … Continue reading

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