Category Archives: Undue influence

The Book Corner – Combating Cult Mind Control by Steven Hassan
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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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Divide and conquer: Why Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot be called a “family friendly” faith
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They are a familiar sight walking through residential areas, all dressed up with their Bibles and literature. Eagerly, they go from house to house ready and willing to warn of a looming doomsday they believe the Bible foretells. They are … Continue reading

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Watchtower’s influence comes under scrutiny in family court

A family judge in Leicester, England has determined that the seven-year-old son of a Jehovah’s Witness mother should be removed from her care due to “emotional harm” being caused at home, so reports the Daily Mail. School officials testified that … Continue reading

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Gregorio Smith gives JWsurvey readers exclusive offer as he takes “Truth Be Told” on European Tour
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As the HBO film “Going Clear” earns rave reviews for shining a light on the inner workings of the Scientology cult, it is worth remembering that the Watchtower organization is not without its own hard-hitting film expose. Released online last … 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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“Je suis Charlie” – Why events in Paris should be a wake-up call for Jehovah’s Witnesses
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I was in Zurich making my way home from a series of Jehovah’s Witness-related gatherings in Europe when I first heard news of the terrible events in Paris on January 7th. On that awful day masked gunmen burst into the … Continue reading

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Do modern societies really understand the dangers of undue influence?

Recently there has been a notable increase in articles and discussion threads using the term “undue influence” in relation to politics, advertising – and most especially religious beliefs and practices. To be quite honest, before I really got my arms … Continue reading

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Comparing cults – the most effective way to wake up a loved one?
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If there is one reoccurring question, one burning issue that most readers who write in to JWsurvey need addressing, it is simply this… “how do I wake up my loved one?” Few things are more distressing than being reduced to … Continue reading

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Experts to highlight “undue influence” at London press conference
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A workshop by author and respected cult expert Steven Hassan on the topic of undue influence has been organized for this coming weekend in London, and is already over-subscribed. Undue influence has been defined as any act of persuasion that … Continue reading

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Why it is wrong to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses
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The JW.org website is reporting that a court in Russia has convicted and sentenced 7 Jehovah’s Witnesses for practicing their faith. Four congregation elders were given suspended prison sentences of five to five and a half years, and were ordered … Continue reading

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Would you take the pill? – A simple Facebook test has shocking results
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Last weekend congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses all over the world discussed the November 15, 2013 Study Edition of the Watchtower at their meetings. As reported on this website back in August, this particular issue of the magazine contains the chilling … Continue reading

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Canadian ‘brainwashed’ runaway teenager chooses religion over mother
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A Canadian mother has been left distraught after her daughter fled home due to her newfound faith as a Jehovah’s Witness. Cassidy McCarville has since told reporters she didn’t run away but “chose her religion over her parents.” The 15-year-old … Continue reading

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Sparlock helps Mormons understand mind control
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Nearly four months ago I posted a blog article about a YouTuber named Chris (AKA “askreality”) – a Mormon who has succeeded in objectively examining his own religion by comparing it with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Now, in the latest instalment of … Continue reading

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