Category Archives: Shunning

Video shows Jehovah’s Witnesses applaud 10 year old girl for shunning her sister
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The Jehovah’s Witnesses have come under heavy criticism in recent years for their shunning policy. For those unfamiliar, the religion dictates that all baptised members who either resign from the religion, or who are thrown out for some perceived violation … 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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NEWS BULLETIN: JW.ORG Asks: Can a Person Resign From Being One of Jehovah’s Witnesses?
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The FAQ section on JW.org has added a new featured post: “Can a Person Resign From Being One of Jehovah’s Witnesses?” In this NEW article dated June 9th 2016, the Watchtower gives their official explanation of how to handle matters … Continue reading

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The Worst Convention Ever – Part 1: Shunning
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This summer millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide will flock to their regional conventions, a much-anticipated event in the JW calendar. Local newspapers are already lining up to write articles lauding the influx of Witnesses at sports venues and convention centers. … Continue reading

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News Bulletin: Watchtower tightens shunning rules to include “sinful” inactive ones.
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Rumours have been flying about in recent weeks that Watchtower might be changing its shunning policy for the worse at the 2016 Regional Conventions entitled “Remain Loyal to Jehovah.” We at JW Survey had been aware of these rumours, and … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Why I don’t want to destroy Watchtower
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I don’t want to bring down the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. That might have a couple of you blinking in suprise. If you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses reading this, you may have been told that so called “apostates” … Continue reading

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Controversial 2016 District Convention Program: Be Loyal or be shunned!
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The full program for the 2016 District Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses is now available, and it may prove to be an extremely memorable event, though perhaps not for the reasons the Organisation intended. It is important to keep in mind, … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: The Plight of the Watchtower Whistleblower
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When I left the Jehovah’s Witnesses I was presented with some “options”: keep quiet or suffer a character assassination along with total ostracism. It didn’t really feel like a choice, because I was compelled to speak out due to the … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Shunning – a toxic practice in which EVERYONE ultimately loses
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My fellow JWsurvey team members have written extensively on the Australian Royal Commission and Geoffrey Jackson’s testimony in particular. But I hope you will indulge me in revisiting what transpired, especially in light of Watchtower’s defence against Angus Stewart’s findings. … Continue reading

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Royal Commission findings: Watchtower policies place JW children “at significant risk of sexual abuse”
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The summer of 2015 saw The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse hold an eight-day hearing focusing on the Jehovah’s Witness organization. Far from being a dry legal debate, the hearings made headlines around the world for … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Doctrine and loyalty is paramount to the Governing Body, whatever the cost

When I was a very young boy, my grandfather died. I don’t know much about his life, aside from the fact that he was a carpenter, a policeman, and a Catholic. He was, in fact, Irish Catholic, and I suspect … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Why Speak Out?
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Oftentimes, when speaking to friends and acquaintances I am asked, “Why? Why do you care what the Witnesses do? Why do you bother writing articles or helping the ex-JW movement? Why not just move on and forget it all?” I’m … Continue reading

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Following the “Return to Jehovah” release, is the net closing on inactive ones?
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A leaked Watchtower letter in Polish addressed to all elders in Poland has asked for details of Witnesses who have become inactive since September 2014. The letter gives instructions for congregations to send in the “S-10” form – an annual … Continue reading

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