Category Archives: Shunning

2015 convention interviewer praises parents who shunned their kid
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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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Did Jehovah’s Witness shunning drive young Brit towards Islamic extremist radicalization?
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UK newspapers are reporting that a young British man, who has been found guilty of plotting to behead a soldier, was radicalized into Islamic extremism after being kicked out of his home by his Jehovah’s Witness parents. Brusthom Ziamani, from … Continue reading

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“Treat your disfellowshipped loved ones as though they have been slain by Jehovah, and don’t mourn them!”
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In what should surely rank among some of the most grotesque propaganda ever to be churned out by Watchtower’s writing department, Jehovah’s Witnesses are being asked to think of their disfellowshipped family members, not just as being dead, but as … Continue reading

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If shunning loved ones is scriptural, why does Watchtower publicly deny the practice?
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Watchtower representative Veikko Leinonen recently made an appearance on Finnish television in which he essentially denied that Jehovah’s Witness parents shun children who leave. Asked whether a young Jehovah’s Witness can leave freely and start his own life, Leinonen replied … Continue reading

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Finnish NGO urges governmental investigation into Watchtower’s judicial policies
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A Finnish non-governmental organization (NGO) has issued a report to the country’s Ministry of Justice calling for an investigation into the judicial practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses – specifically the practice of shunning as a punishment meted out by judicial committees. … Continue reading

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A Life Lost and a Life Found
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What if you were born in a prison camp, and enslavement and control were all you knew in life? What if all you ever worked for was secretly in vain, and the truth of your existence had been withheld from … Continue reading

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What can we all do to help?
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It’s only through happenstance that I came to be an admin here at JWsurvey, but it was an opportunity I was happy to accept, because I love helping the cause. One of my duties is sorting any contact emails that … Continue reading

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Disfellowshipping and shunning – a not so loving arrangement

The hurtful practice of disfellowshipping (or shunning) engaged in by Jehovah’s Witnesses has been defended by apologists as a loving and righteous arrangement approved by God Himself. It is interesting to note that many times when arguing against the Trinity … Continue reading

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“Shun your disfellowshipped loved ones!”: Shocking District Convention talk hits YouTube
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A talk by a Watchtower representative urging the shunning of relatives is sending shockwaves through the online JW community. Recorded at one of the 2013 “God’s Word Is Truth” District Conventions in California, the speaker instructs Witnesses to shun family … Continue reading

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Operation: e-Shunning – AAWA goes after Watchtower over its destructive practice
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Over the last few weeks volunteers of the newly formed AAWA (recently renamed as Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses) have been combining their efforts with one common goal – to draw attention to the archaic shunning of family members, … Continue reading

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Australian psychologist brands Jehovah’s Witnesses “a cruel cult” as Watchtower ramps up its shunning campaign
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Watchtower is increasingly coming under fire “down under,” with the Director of Cult Counselling Australia branding Jehovah’s Witnesses a “cruel cult,” according to Fairfax Media. Psychologist Raphael Aron, author of the book “Cults: Too Good To Be True,” has joined … Continue reading

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