Category Archives: Cedars’ Blog

The Book Corner – Combating Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan
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The 25th Anniversary edition of Combating Cult Mind Control includes extensive material on Jehovah's Witnesses

When renowned cult expert Steven Hassan first published his seminal work Combatting Cult Mind Control in 1988, the world was a very different place. There was no internet, so mega-cults like Watchtower, Scientology and the Moonies had a free run … Continue reading

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Landmark victory sees Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse victim receive six-figure sum
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Under fire: The Britain branch office (pictured) says it will "review" the six-figure judgment

The BBC has today reported on a landmark ruling at London’s High Court that sees a victim of child sex abuse as a result of safeguarding failures by Watchtower become the first person to win a civil suit against the … Continue reading

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2015 convention interviewer praises parents who shunned their kid
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In a video clip from the 2015 convention series, Robert and Brenda Sutton are praised for shunning their child

It is a predicament that all too many visitors to this website, myself included, find themselves in: believing Jehovah’s Witness relatives cutting off all contact in the belief they must do so in order to show loyalty to God. And … Continue reading

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Brave and inspirational schoolgirl Brie takes internet by storm with viral video
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A tearful Brie gives a brave speech in front of her classmates in a video that would later go viral

Chances are if you’re reading this you are one of the 536,000 (and counting!) people who has already seen a remarkable video by a courageous schoolgirl named Brie. Brie, a senior at Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was given an … Continue reading

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Cough up, kids – Watchtower needs your ice cream money!
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A new Watchtower cartoon urges Witness kids to give up their pocket money

As Jehovah’s Witnesses the world over continue to digest the latest “historic” JW Broadcasting episode, in which the Governing Body admits to having a shortfall in funds and asks Witnesses to give their “valuable things” to compensate, a video has emerged … Continue reading

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Stephen Lett admits income/expenditure shortfall as he reminds Witnesses to donate “valuable things”
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The May episode of JW Broadcasting features Stephen Lett asking JWs to cover a shortfall in funds

The May 2015 episode of JW Broadcasting was billed by its host, Governing Body member Stephen Lett, as being a “historic” one. It ended up being just that, but for none of the reasons given. Lett opened the program by … Continue reading

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JW.org does partial U-turn over Awake! magazine Rama Singh misquote
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JW.org has removed their misquote of Rama Singh from digital versions of Awake! magazine

Some of you will remember that back in January we reported on the latest example of a Watchtower publication misquoting an academic to get its anti-science views across. Biologist Rama Singh was quoted in the January 2015 Awake! magazine with … Continue reading

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“We are not done yet!” – Candace reacts to appeal court decision
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Candace Conti (pictured in her interview with ABC) has spoken out for the first time about the appeal court decision

As current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses digest the news that Watchtower’s appeal against the Candace Conti verdict has faltered, albeit with the punitive element of the judgment reversed, Candace has reacted for the first time by telling me: “We are … Continue reading

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My response to the haters (and why I can’t always shake it off)
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Abuse from fanatical Cedars-bashers like Tony Balchen (pictured) is beginning to take its toll

I suffer from depression, but even at my darkest moments, when my mind has briefly flirted with notions of suicide, I’ve always thought what a bad choice that would be. There are just so many different ways a person’s life … Continue reading

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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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