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XJW: An important new film project, and how YOU can help.
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Issues surrounding the Jehovah’s Witness religion are getting increasing media exposure. Recently we have seen films, books, newspaper articles and documentaries, even video games. They have covered every topic imaginable from shunning, to the experience of growing up in the … Continue reading

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Shunning, Depression and “Armageddon Loophole” lead to tragic JW Murder/Suicide.
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On the 16th of February 2018, Lauren Stuart shot dead her husband and two children before turning the gun on herself. The killings, which have been widely reported upon, shocked the community of Keego Harbour, Michigan USA, and seemed deeply … Continue reading

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Leaked 2018 convention videos celebrate anti-LGBTQ bigotry, unquestioning obedience and doomsday fear-mongering
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In recent years, videos have become integral to the way Jehovah’s Witnesses receive information from their leaders the Governing Body, or “faithful slave.” Nowhere is the explosion in the use of visual media more apparent than at Watchtower’s annual regional … Continue reading

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Goodbye Jehovah, Hello Courtroom – Watchtower Brings Lawsuit Against Publishing Company
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Goodbye Jehovah

On December 29th, 2017, Watchtower attorney Armin Pikl filed a lawsuit against Rowohlt Publishing Company, the highly regarded publishing house in Germany which produced the acclaimed book Goodbye Jehovah!, authored by former Jehovah’s Witness Misha Verollet. The autobiographical novel is subtitled “How I … Continue reading

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News Bulletin: California Appellate Court Slams Watchtower, Jehovah’s Witnesses Fined, Ordered To Produce Child Abuse Docs
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“Watchtower has abused the discovery process. It has zealously advocated its position and lost multiple times. Yet, it cavalierly refuses to acknowledge the consequences of these losses and the validity of the court’s orders requiring it to produce documents…And, in … Continue reading

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Results of the 2016 Global Survey of Jehovah’s Witnesses
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As I write this article, 2017 is drawing to a close, having witnessed its own fair share of major changes within the Watchtower organization – so much so that the team here at JWsurvey are struggling to keep pace! Over … Continue reading

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News Bulletin: 2017 Film “Apostasy” Premieres in Toronto, Spain, and London
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Apostasy

The beginning of September saw the unveiling of a new film with a unique single-word title: Apostasy. A word which has little meaning or function to most people,  but to Jehovah’s Witnesses, apostasy is Kryptonite.  It is the ultimate sin. … Continue reading

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Jehovah’s Witnesses Release New Child Abuse Reporting Policy: Net Result? – It’s Business as Usual
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In a letter dated September 1, 2017, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses approved the release of a new Body of Elders letter in the United States, Australia, the U.K., Ghana, and across the globe. This letter is intended to refine … Continue reading

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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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Banning Witnesses: Making a bad situation worse.
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Shunning. The refusal of blood transfusions. The deliberate refusal to report child abuse to the authorities. These are probably the three most harmful practices that the Watchtower organisation is guilty of. The Unholy Trinity, if you will. Granted, there are many more problems … 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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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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Must watch: Australian reality TV captures the moment a Jehovah’s Witness mother abandons her son
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Let me start by saying I am not a fan of reality television. Even when the format was relatively fresh and new back in the nineties I found it extremely grating to see people’s lives being gratuitously spilled out on … Continue reading

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