Category Archives: Apostates

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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Former Jehovah’s Witnesses share their stories in powerful new Faith to Faithless Videos
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For some, the choice to leave a religion may involve nothing more than changing their mind as to what they believe to be true, and perhaps changing the box they tick on a census form. Yet for others, the cost can … 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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Facebook shuts down ExJW group for “Hate Speech”
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In a disturbing move that could have worrying implications for wider ExJW and anti-cult activism, it appears that Facebook has just shut down a pivotal activist Facebook page. The page in question is that of AvoidJW. For those not familiar, … Continue reading

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Dead Man Walking: The Story of Phil Dunne, Survivor of Watchtower’s Blood Ban
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In my five years as an ex-JW activist, I have had the privilege of interviewing some truly remarkable, inspirational people – including brave survivors of child molestation and domestic violence. Each person I have interviewed has enriched my knowledge of … Continue reading

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The Friday Column: Leave no man behind
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I had brothers when I was a Jehovah’s Witness. They were not related to me. We shared no blood. Neither did I use this term in the arbitrary “spiritual” sense, granting brotherhood simply because someone shared my religious beliefs irrespective … 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 trouble with apostates (and why it shouldn’t put you off being one)
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At the beginning of October I produced and participated in a video featuring 62 Jehovah’s Witness apostates from all over the world. The video has so far attracted more than 24,000 views. Our message to believing JWs was simple: apostates … 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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Inducing phobias: How the Watchtower uses irrational fears to solidify membership
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If I lay a plank across two overturned buckets, it should be simple to walk across it unharmed. If I take that same plank, however, and suspend it across an extremely deep and narrow chasm the walk across would be … Continue reading

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The Unexpected Kindness of the World
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As a Jehovah’s Witness child, our religious community was seen as a spiritual paradise in contrast to all other organizations on earth. This mindset was routinely emphasized in Watchtower publications. One Watchtower assures us that “[God] has made it possible for honest hearted … Continue reading

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The must-read story of a ministerial servant and his wife who woke up in the last few months
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I will never forget the feeling of liberation I felt in November 2013 when I published the story of my awakening on JWsurvey, thus revealing my identity for anyone who knew me. I knew the article would eventuate in my … Continue reading

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Why class distinction among Jehovah’s Witnesses is alive and flourishing
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Jehovah’s Witnesses pride themselves on having overcome all social barriers. But there is more to this claim than meets the eye. This is the story of how I discovered the subtle and little-known class distinctions among Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was … Continue reading

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