The Friday Column: Governing Body Issues Apology to Abuse Victims, Announces Radical Policy Changes

NOTE TO JW SURVEY READERS: THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE,  RELEASED ON APRIL 1ST, IS INTENDED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE POLICIES OF THE WATCHTOWER ORGANIZATION ARE HARMFUL AND IN MANY CASES DEADLY. IT IS OUR DESIRE THAT THE HEADLINES BELOW DEALING WITH ABUSE, INDOCTRINATION, AND BLOOD POLICY WILL ONE DAY BECOME A REALITY 

April 1st 2016

Breaking News

In an unexpected turn of events, the Watchtower Organization has issued an apology to victims of child abuse who were denied justice over the past 50 years, and has authorized congregation elders, ministerial servants, and individual members to contact child protection authorities and law enforcement immediately upon learning of any accusations of abuse to a minor child.

In a letter to elders, the Governing Body has agreed to rescind  its infamous “Two Witness Rule”, but only for cases involving children who have come forward about abuse which took place while they were minors. The 7-member panel cited suggestions from the Australian Royal Commission and other child protection experts as the basis upon which the policy changes were made, stating that these alterations do not conflict with their Christian beliefs and principles.

In related policy changes, the organization has announced that it will no longer require minor children to submit to the extensive Jehovah’s Witness baptismal procedure, which includes a grueling 80-question vetting process performed by 3 different elders. Children will still be allowed to be baptized, but without  the 80 questions, and without being publicly required to answer yes to the following question:

“Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?”

The net result will be that children may still follow the religion of their parents, but without the severe consequences of disfellowshipping and  shunning if  they become adults and choose to exercise their right to change their beliefs.

Attached to the new Governing Body directive is the revised blood transfusion policy, which states:

“The Governing Body has concluded that while we still believe blood to be the sacred embodiment of life, it will be up to each Christian to decide whether to accept a blood transfusion when deemed necessary. Significant advancements in science, along with the understanding that Jehovah’s command to the Israelites and early Christians applied to the original Law Covenant, has revealed to us  that transfusions are a personal medical decision. We trust that all of Jehovah’s people will respond positively to our increased understanding of the scriptures.”

In addition to these major changes, the Governing Body has announced that it has added one member to its executive leadership counsel, presidential candidate and New York billionaire Donald Trump.

 

governing body trump
Donald Trump joins the elite Jehovah’s Witness Governing Body

 

 

OK, by now you realize that it is April 1st, and none of the information above is true.

To the outside world, such changes in policy would seem to be a very reasonable compromise, particularly in light of increasing media scrutiny of the caustic practices of Jehovah’s Witness leadership. Throughout the world, tens of thousands have lost their lives in hospitals, where trained Witness elders swarm to the side of patients in need of blood, preventing doctors from doing the one thing they are trained to do: save lives.

Children are subjected to years of propaganda in the form of books, videos, and peer pressure from fellow Witness companions, who are themselves victims of this process. Before they reach puberty, they are dragged into the public eye every weekend and forced to knock on doors instead of going to soccer, football or baseball practice. Relentless conditioning batters their desire to excel in academics or sports, leaving no alternative path but the one which results in a water baptism. Once baptized, there is no turning back. A child who recognizes later that he or she has made a mistake has no recourse – if he chooses to leave, he will be abandoned by every friend he has ever known, and every family member including his parents.

For those young ones who were touched, abused, neglected, or beaten by adults inside the organization, there is no due process. Criminal offenses such as these are treated as “sin” first, and must be reported to elders, rather than legal authorities who are trained to intervene and protect such children. Only when forcibly compelled to contact police will Witness elders comply with the law, and only then after contacting the legal department of the Watch Tower Society.

 

What is the solution?

If you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, perhaps even a member of the New York headquarters staff, give some thought to the opening paragraphs of this article and ask yourself whether such changes are unreasonable.

If God is the giver and preserver of life, would he really oppose the transfusion of blood? Would he allow a Witness to die, when membership and preaching is considered so critical in these turbulent times? God has apparently already given permission to Witnesses to accept blood fractions, which are derived from whole blood. Do you really believe the Almighty looks with favor on parents who fight the transfusion which would save a baby’s life?

On the matter of child baptism, do you truly believe it is just and righteous to place the heavy burden of baptism on a child, considering the fact that every teen or preteen is so easily influenced by his peers and parents? Why not permit a child to leave the organization, instead of holding his family and friends as hostages should he decide to take a different pathway? While you may believe that his course will result is his drift from God, do you really have the right to penalize him for his free will?

And finally, when it comes to justice for those abused, would it violate God’s law to report cases of abuse to the police and child protection authorities? Would this not benefit others, including non-Jehovah’s Witnesses who may have been victimized by the same perpetrator? Certainly there is nothing unscriptural about protecting children and allowing qualified secular authorities to handle the matter.

Consider this a sincere appeal to the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses to strike down the influential policies which have redirected and stolen the lives of millions over the past century, all in the name of loyalty to God and one organization. Remember, the JW religion claims to be a volunteer faith. By definition, this means one can enter and leave at will. But this is not the case. Joining comes at great cost, and leaving is even more expensive. Let these people go; release them from medical suicide, release them from child indoctrination, release them from abuse. As Moses said to Pharaoh:

Let my people go.

 

John Redwood

 

 

 

 

 

Mark O'Donnell

Mark O'Donnell is a former Jehovah's Witness turned whistleblower after discovering the disturbing child abuse epidemic within the religion. His story, along with the revelation of a secret database of child molesters were featured in the March 2019 online issue of the Atlantic Magazine: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/03/the-secret-jehovahs-witness-database-of-child-molesters/584311/ O'Donnell continues to investigate allegations of child abuse within the Witness organization, and works with law enforcement, attorneys, and survivors of abuse, writing about his findings on jwsurvey.org and other outlets.

199 thoughts on “The Friday Column: Governing Body Issues Apology to Abuse Victims, Announces Radical Policy Changes

  • April 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm
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    Hi guys, Covert Fade here.

    As the editor, I fully support John’s article. Satire is a powerful tool, and humour can sometimes expose truths far more effectively than regular reporting can. Anyone familiar with the history of using art and humour to highlight injustice and drive social change will be aware of this.

    I believe that this article follows this noble tradition of legitimate satire. I see nothing offensive in it. If some people have been offended, well, it was not our intent to do so, but were we to second and third-guess every article we write on the grounds that someone may take offence, we would never publish anything.

    Additionally, the artwork of the article and the timing of the publication were a clear signal to all readers that this was intended to be taken from the start as a satirical piece.

    I would also point out that we at JW Survey have been and continue to be affected by the harmful policies of Watchtower in ways that have not always been made public.

    We choose to fight back with every legitimate and ethical tool at our disposal, including humour and satire.

    To finish, I would like to say that we value all our readership, and do not set out to deliberately upset or offend. However, this article will stay on the site, and I would encourage any who were offended to consider this article in the larger context of addressing serious and painful societal problems through the use of humour and satire.

    • April 2, 2016 at 4:56 pm
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      Also well said.

      • April 3, 2016 at 2:33 am
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        Covert Fade: Satire is a matter of timing..I think that is what has taken the breath from some dedicated readers. Here is a joke for you and others. I would like make the point with black humour:

        Why did Hitler commit suicide in ’45?…
        because, he couldn’t pay the gas bill!

        Is that appropriate?

        • April 3, 2016 at 3:18 am
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          GEM – Your Hitler joke suggests that the deaths of jews in gas chambers was an inconvenience due to the utility costs.

          John Redwood’s joke was that Watchtower could easily bring an end to the suffering of countless children if it wanted to.

          I would thank you not to exacerbate the situation with false comparisons. Please keep your contribution to this website meaningful and productive.

          • April 3, 2016 at 5:12 am
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            I am trying to be meaningful and productive, Cedars.

            I deliberately offered the Hitler joke for the same reason. If anything the joke is cynical, for a selective audience. but totally inappropriate for the eyes and ears of those injured by such an horrific event.

            Likewise my heart lifted when I read the first part of this article…before the disclaimer was added…and, I would hope that the content of John’s satire reaches the hearts of the WT leadership. If it gets through to them that they are showing a total lack of humanity, and a great number of their people are hurting.. then the Satire will work.

            All the best. Thank you for the freedom of self expression.

        • April 3, 2016 at 4:33 am
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          Humour is subjective, GEM.

          Many people found this article effective and valuable.
          A few people did not think the humour worked.
          That’s life.
          Should the majority be deprived of the article because a few did not find it to their taste? Or should rather that minority understand that they can simply choose not to read an article that is not to their taste in humour?

          • April 3, 2016 at 5:19 am
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            Each person has his/her own opinion. When I first read the article my heart filled with hope…for the end of WT imposed suffering. Yes, as I explained to John earlier, it lifted me beyond the loss I have had over the past 24 hours.

            I am not aware that I have objected to the article…just the timing of the spoof report and the freshness of the wounds many newcomers to this EXCELLENT site might feel.

            All the very best.

  • April 2, 2016 at 1:49 pm
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    John Redwood,

    A suggestion:
    Maybe you should switch the article around – put the last part first and the first part last………the problem seems to be that that the last part of the article is not being read.

    • April 2, 2016 at 2:19 pm
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      Hi dee2 :)

      Thanks for the suggestion, we appreciate it but the problem is that if people cannot be bothered to read the whole article in context then that really isn’t something we can do much about. That’s an issue the reader has to address.

      We have already added a disclaimer at the top of the piece that informs the reader that this article it is a piece of April Fool’s themed satire, which essentially performs the same function as swapping the paragraphs.

      I feel that ultimately the problem is that some people feel that satirical humour is an inappropriate tool to use to address Watchtower’s failings. I disagree, especially given how satire has been used to pointedly and effectively address issues as dark and painful as genocide and racial apartheid, and provoke meaningful change by doing so.

  • April 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm
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    I truly enjoyed this article. It was cleverly written. When I started reading this, I tried to call my mom so I could read it to her, then I got to the April Fool’s Joke part and realized that I had been HAD! Too funny. Glad my mom ignored me as usual! She would have had me before her elders explaining myself! Too funny!

    • April 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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      I did exactly the same Michelle, only my Mum answered just as I realised it was an April fool, so without missing a beat I said ”oop’s sorry Mum I meant to ring *****“ (my daughter). This article made me both elated and sad and tickled pink, but not offended in the least.

  • April 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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    I was taken aback by the whole April Fool theme. Great writing , but such dashing of hopes in an instant of those so hurt by the horrid policies of the GB. To me, not something to joke about.

  • April 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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    Interesting read, all these comments about this article. I knew as soon as I read the words “Governing Body Apologizes” that this HAD to be an April Fools story. I feel saddened by all the upset ones here…I too have had multiple bad experiences thru my 45 years as a JW. But I must agree with Cedars and Cover Fade, that because of the harsh and unrelenting leadership we have all had to groan under, humor is severely lacking in all aspects of JW life. You are told you are “happy” and told you are “joyful” when in fact, you are NOT. Don’t attack Cedars or Covert Fade, just because reading this article brings home how depressed, miserable and unhappy you have been all those years inside the JW empire. Yes, all of us, myself included have family still in and it is extremely difficult, but it is the policies and dictations of the WT that caused this and you can direct your anger at them 100%. Personally, I enjoyed the satire immensely and had a great laugh at the idea of Trump getting a spot on the GB. Keep up the good writing and lets all have a good laugh together.

  • April 2, 2016 at 6:08 pm
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    I was fooled by this article too but I was actually sad (before I realized it was a joke) because I thought, “Oh no, the Society is becoming logical and reasonable!!!”

    It’s painful for EVERYONE who has ever been a Jehovah’s Witness. We all have suffered in different ways and we were all scammed out of our time and money. Those Governing Body-idiots took our choices and opportunities if not much more.

    This organization is falling apart before our eyes. Don’t be easily offended when people make fun of it.

  • April 2, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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    John, there’s very few who can discipline me. You didn’t offend me. I offended me. Yeap I’ve had a couple of beers. It can be a morbid fear when you love a child. Man I love the Old Testament!, simple. . Death.
    Nethertheless thank you and I accept that as needed recovery and discipline. Don’t get mushy.
    Wow you’ve took some sh one t today.

  • April 2, 2016 at 9:21 pm
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    Those in power who are oppressive always hate laughter directed at them. Since fear has become rampant in KH’s and elders are little kings then satire and jokes break that oppression eventually, take for example the following

    Q: How does every JW joke start? A: By looking over your shoulder.
    Q: Whats the difference between a smart GB member and a unicorn? A: Nothing, they’re both fictional characters
    Q: What’s meant by an exchange opinions between JW rank and file and a Judicial committee? A: It’s when we come to a Judicial committee meeting with our own opinion, and leave with the committee’s.
    Q: What is a JW? A: The Catholic’s say it’s someone on the longest and most painful of the roads to nowhere.
    Q: What do you call a gassy Russian JW? A: Vladimir Tootin
    Q: Did you hear about the winner of the JW beauty contest? A: Me neither.

    Little Boy: What will JW’s be like when perfected?

    His Father: Everyone will have what he needs.

    Little Boy: But what if there is a shortage of meat and people are hungry?

    His Father: There will be an announcement on JW.Org.TV saying, “No one needs meat today.”

    I don’t think that the “Friday Column” article is that offensive, it is what it is, mild satire like the jokes above. But does satire work?

    Seemed to work very well in East Germany in 1989

    I tweaked the jokes above, to make a point (read the real ones below), sometimes short one liners make a real point as does satire in all its forms.
    George Orwell is oft quoted in these pages. His book was a dystopian satire on totalitarianism e.g.

    Short Russia Jokes Q: How does every Russian joke start? A: By looking over your shoulder. Q: Whats the difference between a smart Russian and a unicorn? A: Nothing, they’re both fictional characters Q: What’s meant by an exchange opinions in the Communist party of the Soviet Union? A: It’s when I come to a party meeting with my own opinion, and I leave with the party’s. Q: What do you call a Russian with Tourette’s Syndrome? A: Yukanol Fukov. Q: What is 150 yards long and eats potatoes? A: A Moscow queue waiting to buy meat. Q: What occupies the last 6 pages of the Lada User’s Manual? A: The bus and train timetables. Q: What is Communism? A: The Poles say it’s the longest and most painful of the roads to capitalism. Q: What do you call a gassy russian? A: Vladimir Tootin Q: What is the fastest country in the world? A: Russia

    source: http://jokes4us.com/miscellaneousjokes/worldjokes/russiajokes.html

    Short Russia Jokes
    Q: How does every Russian joke start? A: By looking over your shoulder.
    Q: Whats the difference between a smart Russian and a unicorn? A: Nothing, they’re both fictional characters
    Q: What’s meant by an exchange opinions in the Communist party of the Soviet Union? A: It’s when I come to a party meeting with my own opinion, and I leave with the party’s.
    Q: What do you call a Russian with Tourette’s Syndrome? A: Yukanol Fukov.
    Q: What is 150 yards long and eats potatoes?
    A: A Moscow queue waiting to buy meat.
    Q: What occupies the last 6 pages of the Lada User’s Manual?
    A: The bus and train timetables. Q: What is Communism?
    A: The Poles say it’s the longest and most painful of the roads to capitalism.
    Q: What do you call a gassy russian?
    A: Vladimir Tootin
    Q: What is the fastest country in the world? A: Russia

    source: http://jokes4us.com/miscellaneousjokes/worldjokes/russiajokes.html

  • April 3, 2016 at 3:44 am
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    Still not listening to what people are saying to you…

    The warning needed to go before the headline

    I’ll never come back to this site ,or the YouTube channel

    • April 3, 2016 at 3:57 am
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      Everyone must bow to your will, or there will be consequences. Where have I heard that rhetoric before?

    • April 3, 2016 at 4:31 am
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      That’s your choice Chris, but I think you’ll find that issuing ultimatums to websites because they disagree with you over the writing of one specific article is not the most productive use of your time.

    • April 3, 2016 at 9:16 am
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      Chris – you are free to do as you wish, and we wish you well. The beauty of freedom is that you are allowed to view this site, or not view this site. Additionally we allow you to comment respectfully, and we do not block your comments. That said, feel free to be specific about your concerns instead of making the vague statement ” Still not listening to what people are saying to you…”

      If you bothered to read all of the comments you will recognize that I added the disclaimer to the article the SAME DAY I ran the article. While it was not necessary, I did it out of respect for those who took offense to the satire or did not understand it.

      Perhaps you did not know this. Either way, we wish you all the best

      JR

  • April 3, 2016 at 6:39 am
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    FYI Cedars your video on child abuse was incredibly well done. Professional, informative and undeniable. Thank you.

    Regards

  • April 3, 2016 at 7:20 am
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    Being an awakened put still Practicing JW, I often forget about April Fools day, allowing myself to be “fooled” occasionally. When I read this article It didn’t even clicked that it was an April Fools joke. I let myself believe the words written , I was so excited, I was so sad when I finally realized I had been fooled. How I hope one day tho that this Article becomes the truth! I check this website daily for new articles. I hope that one day I can build up the courage to leave this crazy religion that I was born into, I force myself to stay because I love my wife very much and we have a very young family and I know she would want to leave me. So sad what this religion does to families

    Keep up the good work jwsurvey!!

    • April 3, 2016 at 7:43 am
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      My heart breaks for you. I faded first then my husband finally saw the light, however my son and his family are in it, so we have to be very careful what we say or we’ll be labeled “apostate” and you know what that means. So be very careful. Hopefully your wife will come around.

      • April 3, 2016 at 11:49 am
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        !My family situation is much the same….one person holding the rest hostage, with us all bending to suit the one, to have access to the rest. We live in hope that one day, this one person will wake up, and realize how much they are truly loved by the ‘bad’ people they now hold at arms length, but tolerate if we remain non vocal. Until then, we love them and give more than we should, painting a contrast between the JW lifestyle and a real one!

    • April 3, 2016 at 11:46 am
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      My family situation is much the same….one person holding the rest hostage, with us all bending to suit the one, to have access to the rest. We live in hope that one day, this one person will wake up, and realize how much they are truly loved by the ‘bad’ people they now hold at arms length, but tolerate if we remain non vocal. Until then, we love them and give more than we should, painting a contrast between the JW lifestyle and a real one!

    • April 4, 2016 at 11:03 am
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      I am exactly in the same situation as you are! I wonder how many are like this? I started going back to meetings after 3 months of not going just to appease my wife. Yesterday’s WT study highlighted scriptures that I am at odds with as to how they are interpreted by the org. and in the NWT Bible. They are Proverbs 8:22,23; Colossians 1:15-17 with the word [Other] being added; and John 1:1-3. Hang in there brother, I pray nightly fervently for an answer and I’m sure God and Christ will come through for me and you in time.

    • April 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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      I started off just like you. My wife was seemingly in the dark while I was wide awake. When the royal commission investigation started I made up my mind to leave. There was no way I could remain a JW in good conscience and I no longer believed that a just God would hold it against me for leaving a hypocritical unloving organization.

      TERRIBLE child abuse policies along with lying about their UN involvement and a history of similar behavior made it impossible for me to stay. I had to pick a side. Justice? Especially for children or pretend to believe a lie? Everything came to a head with the elders (I was an elder at the time as well) and I finally confessed to my wife my true feelings.

      I was ready for any eventuality. Ready for her to scream at me and leave, ask for a divorce or separation, ANYTHING. I knew that one thing I would not do is live a lie into my old age. It wouldn’t be fair to her or to me. Her response? She had hidden doubts for YEARS. Many of my concerns she had noticed long before I had.

      To solidify my new found freedom I wrote a letter questioning the organizations decisions on a number of things. Things like “why did Geoffrey Jackson say it was presumptuous to believe they were God’s sole channel on earth when that is exactly what we teach?” ‘Why did Gerrit Losch say that he does not represent watchtower and that watchtower has no authority over him?”, why weren’t we told that this cost us 13million dollars? “. There were a few others but here’s my point. They responded, not to me, but to the body of elders. In it they said ” tell chiafade that we are not answering his questions and that he should look up these 1980 Watchtowers “.

      When my wife saw these schoolyard tactics she was done with them. There’s always a 50/50 chance that your mate will go in either direction. Ultimately you have to decide What’s going to be the healthiest course of action. You do have to ask yourself whether you’ll be able to live with yourself. Will you be comfortable living a lie looking over your shoulder for possibly years? And how will this effect the way you treat your family? Sorry for the long post.

      I do wish you well. It’s a hard road that no one should be forced to take. Our families are weaponized against us. Many of us have been through it. You have our support.

  • April 3, 2016 at 7:25 am
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    I don’t know what’s the big [email protected]&&[email protected] deal. It’s meant for April Fools people. I understand about your sensitivity issues since until now I am in this freaking cult. I know what it feels like to be trap and to finally know that you have been wasting your time, strength and money for nothing. John Cedars is the sole individual who helped me in researching the true facts. Provided to my indoctrinated brain some critical thinking it needs. Now sites as this provides solace to dubs like me who are sick and tired of the lies and deceits.

    Good job on this article John. We need humor definitely in times likes this. The part that is true in your article is that DUMP (Donald Trump) is actually the leader of the GB

  • April 3, 2016 at 8:05 am
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    I seem to recall ISIS took great offence at the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine and look what happened there. Did this stop stop the people from using humour to help the healing progress? no it did not. Humour heals. It is a coping mechanism. The date of 1st April was clearly posted on John’s article and most would have switched onto it’s meaning straight away. Lloyds tongue in cheek comments on his video’s often have me laughing into my coffee. A wise friend once told me ‘what ever happens, never loose your sense of humour’. Some times we can be too quick to take offence. The WT hates fun being poked at it because it smacks of truth and people remember the joke way after the point has been made. I’m sorry for all the hurt people have gone through because of the Borg. I am going through it now but humour helps me. John’s article was not aimed at those who are suffering it is aimed at those who cause the suffering. I also hope I haven’t cause offense by mentioning the Paris attack. That was not my intention, it just brought back memories.

    • April 3, 2016 at 8:52 am
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      Tara, I thought the same thing as you with reference to the Charlie Hebdo attacks. As a society, we need to dig deeper at times into what we read to understand the true intent behind behind the words. As you stated, I focused my attention on the Watchtower’s policies and did not disrespect the victims of the organization. As everyone should know, we are advocates for those victims.

      The people who should be angry are Jehovah’s Witnesses and their leaders – where are their comments?

      JR

  • April 3, 2016 at 9:49 am
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    Greetings to all:

    I appreciate your disclaimer.

    All Jehovah’s Witnesses, should come to realize The Watchtower Corporation IS NOT DIRECTED by HOLY SPIRIT.

    JWs – consider this, if your automobile, home, apartment or mobile phone is functional, but you know something is wrong. What do you do?
    You correct it and now is 100% operable.

    The Watchtower Corporation refuses to make adjustments or corrections to “non-biblical policies”.

    For example, where do you find ‘word or type of material specific’ about sisters or brothers, Not to were spanex or spandex.

    Or how about, brothers not to were ‘pink socks’.

    Or how about, elders must shred all judicial committee notes – topic specific crimes against children known as child abuse.

    Or how about, all the leaks from the District Overseers, Circuit Overseers, elders, and from The Watchtower Corporation or the bethelites.

    * * update information: all District Overseers are no longer needed. You have been deleted. Where in the Bible did Jesus, deleted a DO?

    All these leaks are arriving to ” out reach program web sites as JWSurvey.
    Why?……..because – enough is enough. Everyone is speaking out, not only with their wallets, purses, and home office leaks.

    Now you have a better understanding on why these, “out reach program web sites exist such as JWSurvey.

    JWSurvey = its true or its not! You decide.

    They have awaken, and now realize Jehovah is not blessing or directing The Watchtower Corporation, however, the opposite is about to happen.

    Jehovah is about to destroy The Watchtower Corporation.

    Enough is enough.

    Peace out,

    • April 3, 2016 at 10:50 pm
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      Talk about the light getting brighter. ..thanks to sites like this we can research easier, faster and have a more comprehensive grasp on the worldwide situation of the borg.

  • April 3, 2016 at 9:56 am
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    After a measure of reflection, I realize that my anger for the article was justified, but misplaced. With raw topics such as child abuse and the blood issue, it easily triggers emotions and in wanting justice, lash out.

    This site was an easy and accessible outlet, but I needed to realize that we are all on the same side – to expose the policies of the Watchtower organization.

    Feel free to delete my previous comments if you wish. Thank you for carrying the torch and for all your hard work.

  • April 3, 2016 at 9:58 am
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    The article highlighted crucial areas where this organisation
    needs to make changes. I can understand the
    disappointment of some when it was revealed as an April 1st
    spoof.

    But wasn’t this the point of it, to me it was a “Skit” against that
    org, demonstrating their entrenched and self righteous
    position and the unlikely prospect of such changes ever being
    made. Had it been revealed as satire upfront, it would have
    lost its impact.

    This site has no peers when it comes to ridding the mind of
    cult rubbish. A saying comes to mind. “Don’t bite the hand that
    feeds you”. ( Just because an occasional meal is not to your taste)

  • April 3, 2016 at 10:43 am
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    I like satire. I like dark/black comedy. I’m left feeling unsure over whether this article qualifies as satire. It doesn’t feel funny. It feels a bit cheap and unintelligent.
    The written equivalent of being called ‘jova! Jova!’ by the non witness bullies in the street.
    It’s not that I don’t value a sense of humour in difficult circumstances, but this feels a bit like petty ridicule rather than the educated and sensitive approach I’m used to from the great writers at JWSurvey.
    I get the joke. But it didn’t need to be told like this.
    I think a better April’s fools joke would have been a message from Cedars advising that he was shutting the website down due to being reinstated in his local congregation.
    That would have made me laugh.
    Or Covert Fade revealing himself to be Anthony Morris.. complete with tight fitting pants.
    Haha!
    Anyway. I’m not offended just a little let down for the many people who may be visiting this site for the first time this week – Only to find this article first… and the subsequent reactions to it.
    JWSURVEY is better than this in my sincere and well meaning opinion.
    Despite this I still congratulate those who run and contribute to this site for determination and effort.

    • April 3, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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      Daniel Roberts

      Thank you for your comments. Disagreement is welcome, so long as you can engage respectfully and expect us to stand behind our work. So you have some alternative ideas for an April Fool’s joke – I can appreciate your concepts. Here is my viewpoint – I am actually not a fan of April Fools jokes. I am not a prankster, and I do not particularly like practical jokes. The are often taken too far and serve no purpose. When I wrote this article, I did not intent to be funny at all, with the exception of the Donald Trump comment and photo. That was strategically placed to let everyone know that the headlines preceding it were not actual news. Everything else was serious satire and not intended to be funny. Perhaps your expectations were too high, desiring JW Survey to take humour further and on a different topic, such as tight pants.

      However I did not go that route, as JW Survey is not a humour site; it is a place where we stir the minds of thinking individuals and help free them from indoctrination. I made this very clear when I stated that the headlines were not real, followed by a plea to the Governing Body to recognize how reasonable those religious revisions really are.

      It is unfortunate that you feel the article was “cheap” and “unintelligent” -but I am at a loss to find evidence that it was either. I have received commendation from several respected writers, which leads me to believe that the points made were delivered intelligently and without malice. Several persons commenting negatively wrote back later and revised their opinion after thinking more deeply on the subject. We respect your well-meaning opinion and hope that other articles will be more to your liking.

      Also, our real target audience (at least our preferred audience) is people who are still Jehovah’s Witnesses, who may be helped by recognizing the contrast between reasonable doctrine and that which influences and damages lives.

      JR

    • April 3, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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      Daniel Roberts

      Thank you for your comments. Disagreement is welcome, so long as you can engage respectfully and expect us to stand behind our work. So you have some alternative ideas for an April Fool’s joke – I can appreciate your concepts. Here is my viewpoint – I am actually not a fan of April Fools jokes. I am not a prankster, and I do not particularly like practical jokes. The are often taken too far and serve no purpose. When I wrote this article, I did not intent to be funny at all, with the exception of the Donald Trump comment and photo. That was strategically placed to let everyone know that the headlines preceding it were not actual news. Everything else was serious satire and not intended to be funny. Perhaps your expectations were too high, desiring JW Survey to take humour further and on a different topic, such as tight pants.

      However I did not go that route, as JW Survey is not a humour site; it is a place where we stir the minds of thinking individuals and help free them from indoctrination. I made this very clear when I stated that the headlines were not real, followed by a plea to the Governing Body to recognize how reasonable those religious revisions really are.

      It is unfortunate that you feel the article was “cheap” and “unintelligent” -but I am at a loss to find evidence that it was either. I have received commendation from several respected writers, which leads me to believe that the points made were delivered intelligently and without malice. Several persons commenting negatively wrote back later and revised their opinion after thinking more deeply on the subject. We respect your well-meaning opinion and hope that other articles will be more to your liking.

      Also, our real target audience (at least our preferred audience) is people who are still Jehovah’s Witnesses, who may be helped by recognizing the contrast between reasonable doctrine and that which influences and damages lives.

      JR

      • April 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm
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        I’ve been struggling to find the right words to convey my thoughts & I think that Daniel Roberts has put it out there the best for me.

        Daniel, I agree it would have been funnier if the joke was as you suggested with Cedars & Covert Fade, that would have had me in stitches but I simply just didn’t get it but that might just be my taste in humour.

        I’m not offended by the article either, I just lost interest as soon as I saw the date 1 April! I knew then this is meant to be a joke & I stopped reading & lost interest. Then when I looked at the responses, I made myself read it through & I still didn’t get the joke & was left indifferent by it even a little confused.

        I still love reading the articles here though & I appreciate your hard work.

        • April 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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          Also, I thought that satire was meant to be funny. I still don’t get it if it’s not meant to be funny then what is it? Please don’t take this the wrong way, I’m just not understanding whether it’s meant to be funny or not. Maybe I’m just black & white still with my thinking, I’m not sure how to take it.

        • April 4, 2016 at 2:56 am
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          Hi Grace..yes I’m scratching my head on this. I can’t help but feel this article unintentionally trivialises such an important and emotional issue. For their target audience which JR says is practicing JWs, this article could serve to actually do the opposite of what JWSURVEY ‘s objective actually is. This article mocks . This can cause a defensive reaction in those still indoctrinated. They would then no longer trust this site and potential refugees from the watchtower cult would be further hard to reach.
          I feel a bit sorry for JR because his intention was good. .. but I do wish he’d display a less Governing Body-esquereaction to the criticism himself – and just say; ‘You know what… I’m sorry’.

      • April 4, 2016 at 6:03 am
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        Hey John.. Thanks for the response.
        It’s a minefield certainly when it comes to any subject that involves peoples lives in a very real sense. Which is why I feel that your article might be perceived as mockery rather than a sincere voice for the silent majority.
        Your target/preferred demographic of practicing JW’s could see this as an attack rather than the logical persuading arguments that this site usually makes.
        The thing is, I’ve been disfellowshipped for 20 years, I still have immediate family very much indoctrinated and have been shunned by them for many years. I miss them terribly.
        I can’t help but imagine that if they were to have a crisis of conscience, and explore this site – which is arguably among the best – they would see your article – and their cognitive dissonance reaction would have them retreating further into the murky quagmire of cult indoctrination.
        As Stan Lee famously put it in his Comics, with great power comes great responsibility – And this website now has great power.
        Power to free people from enslavement. To reunite families.
        To literally save lives.
        So if an article has even a limited potential to undermine itself, it could be perhaps a misstep.
        I respect the fact that you stand by your work.
        I’ve noted it’s intent as being anything other than how I fear others would perceive it.
        I do hope I’m perhaps being overly fearful that it’s content might accidentally undermine the valiant efforts of all of you at JWSurvey.

        With respect.
        DR

        • April 4, 2016 at 7:45 am
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          Hi Daniel Roberts,

          “This article mocks.”
          “Which is why I feel that your article might be perceived as mockery………”

          Who is the article mocking?

        • April 4, 2016 at 8:35 am
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          Hi Daniel

          I truly appreciate your comments, and I believe they are thoughtful and respectful. I personally believe only a tiny minority received this article differently than its intended purpose. To those offended I have apoligised, and added a disclaimer at the beginning of the article. In fact I added the disclaimer the same day I posted the article, April 1st.

          That said, my fellow editor Covert Fade and our site owner Lloyd Evans reviewed the article several times and fully support it. Had they not offered such support or felt it was damaging in any way to JW Survey, the article would have been pulled.

          Remember, most active JWs are conditioned to reject ANY apostate sites like Superman avoids Kryptonite. Nearly everything we write would be considered offensive to Jehovah’s Witnesses. But for those in the process of waking up, who are taking a chance by viewing an apostate site, I feel that the headlines which I wrote are extremely thought provoking and should make the thinking JW wonder “Why couldn’t the organization make these changes?”

          I don’t believe my reactions are governing body-esque. First, we allow comments on our site, which the governing body would NEVER do. Can you imagine what would be posted on JW dot Org if comments were allowed? Second, we do not shun, disfellowship, block, or penalize anyone who disagrees with the content of this site (unless they are vulgar and disrespectful). We allow believers, atheists, and anyone else to view and comment on the site as much as they desire. That is what freedom is all about, and we learn from our exchanges.

          We all come from differing backgrounds, have differing viewpoints, and what works for some will not work for others. This is just one article out of hundreds on this site. I don’t believe that a JW with doubts about the organization will be put off by the information presented, but time will tell. I hope one day, an active JW reads this and sends us a message telling us that they have woken up, and have left this religion. I hope that person is someone in your family.

          Sincerely

          JR

          • April 4, 2016 at 9:57 am
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            Fair enough John.
            Thanks for the time and tact in your reply.
            Perhaps my Governing Body-esque jab was a bit mean and hasty if you have indeed made efforts to placate the offended few.
            Please accept my own apology.
            I do support this site and look forward to your next thought provoking article.
            Maybe one day your work will indeed help to reunite my family.
            Regards
            DR

          • April 5, 2016 at 9:50 am
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            I wasn’t put off, I was bored before I got too far into it and knew you were all enjoying the freedom to enjoy April Fools.

            Sorry to see so much dissension amongst your ranks.

            Yes, WT could make these changes, if they want to join the rest of main stream false religion….the easy road.

            No doubts, just shaking my head. Enjoy your ‘freedom’.

  • April 3, 2016 at 10:53 am
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    Perhaps the controversy surrounding this article and the angst directed at it by some clearly show just why the JW religion is a cult:
    Cults are well known to hide many of their more controversial practices from potential converts. A surreal picture is painted of the cult in order to attract converts; many persons do not know up front what they are getting themselves into when they sign up to become a JW.

  • April 3, 2016 at 11:38 am
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    Everyone who was upset by this article I plead & yes beg to you don’t vent your anger on JR or this website.
    Please realise the greater enemy is the Watchtower organisation who has destroyed so so many families by their shunning & destructive policies.
    The Watchtower organisation never apologises & never offers disclaimers as shown by their attitude to child abuse by their use of donations to pay lawyers to be as obstructive as possible.
    Whereas this website has shown more humility & never has been blood guilty for the deaths of its members in regards to organ transplants & blood policies. Also this website has never broken up families or destroyed people’s lives & ambitions through neglected higher education .
    I understand people’s emotions are raw because we have all been damaged & hurt really badly by the policies of these deluded men of the GB.
    Let’s all support this website as it is doing a really important & valuable job in exposing the ongoing lies, corruption & manipulation of innocent people’s lives & families .

  • April 3, 2016 at 12:08 pm
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    Greetings to all:

    It’s true or its not.

    in the silver sword reads, “be fruitful and become many and fill the earth” (with gods blessing and direction)
    Catholicism membership: 1.2 billion = winner
    Protestantism: 400 million = 2 place bronze winnet
    Jehovah’s Witnesses: 7.5 million = the loser
    Reference membership numbers from Wikipedia.

    Who of the three are in better position in membership to complish this task?

    In the silver sword, Jehovah is known as the god of victory, guiding and directing, as in a movie production.

    Did not the masses ‘hail David’ for killing thousand of thousands, however, acknowledge King Saul, ‘hail the king for killing a few’ then sought to kill David. Perhaps in envy.

    Why would Jehovah pick a losing team – team JW.
    and not pick – team Catholic.?

    “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth, takes a different meaning. If the Bible is truly the word inspired of god.

    It’s true or its not.

    Peace out,

  • April 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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    Satire often contains humour but it’s not essential for it to
    qualify as such. Irony, sarcasm, wit, are other elements
    that are often used. These I thought were there in J,Rs,
    article. (Just my opinion.)

    ,

  • April 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm
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    JOHN R –
    Boy, you’ve had some stick on this one!
    Re-reading the article I felt it showed just how easy it would be for Watchtower to change its policies and repent. I don’t think they ever will though, they never apologised for anything when I was a witness. Just covered over embarrassment with ‘New Light’.
    I’m intrigued to know who is REALLY behind Donald Trump’s mask ….. could it be Mister Big???

    • April 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm
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      Bad Penny – thanks for your comments. I owe you a bad penny for your thoughts :-)

      It seems you got the point very well. Not everyone did, and it opened up a lively discussion. This is a good thing, as it has provoked thought. If we released articles every week which were completely benign and repetitive, we would accomplish nothing. Preaching to the choir gets old, but calling attention to Watchtower policies by using satire and other means will ultimately be of greatest benefit to those affected.

      Some of the knee-jerk reactions remind me of my own reactions to things I read when I was a young JW. I was ill-equipped to understand the deeper meaning behind various literary concepts, and reacted accordingly. I truly believe that a few months or even years down the road, some of the people with negative reactions will alter their position and understand exactly what I meant. Until then, they are welcome to argue their case, and do so respectfully on this site

      JR

      • April 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm
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        I read your article before the disclaimer was added and I was totally sucked in at the start and to tell you the truth I was disappointed at the apparent U turn by the GB. In order for them to self destruct quickly, they need to keep on doing what they’re doing now. If they start getting a bit soft, there’s a chance people sitting on the fence will fall back in. We need them to continue to be unrepentant idiots in order for people to spot them more easily. I fully sympathise with people’s hurt feelings over this article but, sorry, there’s a war going on here. You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. It’s all for the greater good. Also, this article must stay! The comments expressed here are gold. Hopefully, anybody with more than one brain cell can see that this is not a site set up by satan for the sole purpose of deceiving JW’s.

      • April 4, 2016 at 3:36 am
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        Cheers John –
        If you owe me a bad penny, did you get the link on your ‘New Low’ article, (the very last comment). I thought it may hit the chuckle button, although deadly serious!

  • April 3, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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    I don’t have a sense of humor. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA :) I’m joking.

  • April 3, 2016 at 9:04 pm
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    After reading the article and then reading the comments I have one thing I want to say; Oh my lord! um um :)

  • April 3, 2016 at 9:08 pm
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    The article and then the comments remind me of a picture I once saw. It was a cartoon of the English royal family in a fight. It’s one of the funniest cartoons I ever saw.

  • April 4, 2016 at 8:55 am
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    Oh lighten up people!!! It was a joke on April Fools Day. You got fooled, I got fooled, we all got fooled and I laughed. I then reflected, “sure would be nice of the GB to relieve the burden they placed on their membership for so very long.” It did make you think and that was the point. I don’t believe this was an article made intentionally to offend anyone. One rule of humor is, that it needs a hint of a truthful or awkward situation to be funny.

    No! Such a statement by the GB will never happen! Why? Because the governing body knows what the consequences of such moves would be for them. What consequences? Liable lawsuits and lots of them. Many more than they have now because that would be admission of error and guilt. The GB has to use the ‘new light’ excuse to cover their stupid sorry-a$$ leadership. That is the Modus Operandi (MO) since the days of the big blowhard Rutherford (who makes ‘The Donald’ look like amateur hour).

    • April 5, 2016 at 2:02 am
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      It was a great article. It fooled me for a minute. I was going to send it to my JW friends and family but I am glad I caught it before I sent it. I must admit I was “APRIL FOOLED” for a minute myself.Well written satirical. I did copy the Photo of Donald Trump with the GB and sent it to select ones in the JW world and had a good laugh.
      I did send it tone Pioneer who seemed upset with it and I told them to Relax it is a Joke. Like Donald Trump is Really going to become a JW? lol. The Wt can “Fool” us all the time any day of the year with the NEW LIGHT they project from NYC but a little laughter at them is nothing compared to what hey produce. By the Way my mothers Birth day is April 1st! May she RIP. I remember as a kid long before I became a JW it was April fools day and Mom’s Birthday she had a friend over the house and they were drinking coffee and they asked me to get them some sugar for the coffee. So I switched the salt into the Sugar holder and I said let me put the sugar in for you! So I eagerly waited and watched as they coughed and spit the Coffee out. lol Then My mom said , We can’t be mad at you son bc it is April fools day! lol

      That was long before I was Banned as a JW to have any April fools fun. JW. The religion of No Fun.

  • April 4, 2016 at 10:33 am
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    Lloyd, Enjoyed your comments on Sanderson’s visit
    to Spain, but I can categorically say I won’t be watching
    the whole video.

    I wonder what the Spanish Bro’s, thought they were going
    to hear? A gov, bod, crossing the Atlantic to speak to them.
    What a let down ! Same old , same old, meetings and field
    service, these are the only things that will make you happy.
    I think Sanderson was taking his vacation there and the
    talk was part of the deal,

    He mentioned a trip to Korea and his visit to 40 young Bro’s
    doing Jail time, ( no doubt for refusing military service).
    Were they incarcerated because of their faith? No,
    as you said, the the gov, body were entirely to blame.

    Nowhere in the Bible is soldiering banned as a disreputable
    profession. Didn’t Israel have conscription to maintain a
    standing army, David said “JHVH is teaching my hands for
    fighting and my fingers for warfare” Ps, 144/1.

    Jesus healed a centurions servant but didn’t make it
    conditional on his giving up military service. / So this
    is just one more area where their unrelenting dogma
    causes misery.

  • April 4, 2016 at 11:31 am
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    Wow.. Common everyone, it was April fools and it got me! I was like “No way”, and read on in complete disbelief and then there it was “April Fools” laughing so hard at myself i couldn’t stop and then sent it right away to a friend who is still active but not sold on it and he found it funny… Uptight men in suits… Reminds me of what it was like back when I was the serious Watchtower overseer..

  • April 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm
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    Ahh!! you got me. I was reading this at lunch and thought ‘OMG..are they for real?’ (I missed the disclaimer at the beginning.) Only till i got to the Donald picture did i get it.

    With having a few family members still in the org, I thought maybe there was a glimmer of hope. But, I should have picked up on it. Well done… and i’m ok with having been HAD.

    Cheers.

  • April 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm
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    This article is wonderful. Compare it with the following piece of writing in the Watchtower magazine back in 1968. Enjoy!!

    *** w68 12/15 p. 741 “Your Deliverance Is Getting Near” ***
    “But as these things start to occur, raise yourselves erect and lift your heads up, because your deliverance is getting near.”—Luke 21:28.
    IMAGINE yourself reading the headlines in the newspaper:
    2 “Vatican City Has Been Destroyed! The Tremendous Crater Left in the Earth by the Blast of the Nuclear Bomb Has Left No Trace of the Reputed Tomb and Bones of St. Peter!.”
    3 Would such headlines in the newspapers of the world mean anything to Roman Catholics, or, in fact, to all religious denominations of Christendom? Would such an event mark the end of a long epoch for them, with great uncertainty as to how to proceed in the future? Yes!
    4 Also: “Mecca Has Been Wiped Out by Missiles from the Air! The Sacred Shrine Incorporating the Revered Black Stone Has Vanished amid the Explosion!”
    5 Would such headlines in the world press mean anything to the Islamic world? Would it signify the end of an era to them, leaving an unfillable blank in their outlook for the future? On top of that:
    6 “The Mosque ‘The Dome of the Rock,’ Second Most Holy Place in the Moslem Realm, Blasted Out of Existence! The Sacred Rock of the Prophet Mohammed Destroyed!”
    7 Would such further news headlines add to Moslem convictions that an era had ended for them, leaving a big religious void? Yes!

  • April 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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    The April fool stuff being posted here is very very childish. I thought this site is for serious minds and thinker don’t know you even subscribe to April 1 and its foolings.

    • April 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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      Mich

      Read the entire article to get the point. Nothing “childish” about the content. Cheers

      JR

  • April 5, 2016 at 5:54 am
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    It had me fooled , I dont think that the GB will ever apologize . Did the Children of God cult ever apologize? No .

  • April 5, 2016 at 7:54 am
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    I am a long time reader of this site and until now I’ve never felt the need to comment. I think its important, though, that you hear from those who appreciated this article along with those who didn’t.

    It seems many are confusing satire with comedy. While comedy can be a component of some satire it is not a requirement. Webster’s dictionary defines satire as:
    1: a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn
    2: trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly. This article fits that bill perfectly!

    It also appears that many are still falling into the trap of accepting something immediately as truth and not using critical thinking. This is what we were conditioned by the JW organization to do with their teachings and is a very dangerous habit. One that all of us ex-JW’s should work to shed.

    Thank you John Redwood for a very thought provoking article! You were able to shine a light on the atrocities of the JW organization and governing body in a creative way. The heated responses show how deeply hurt by the organization we all are. I hope in time those who initially directed their hurt towards you as the author of this piece see that its really the organization that should be on the receiving end of their anger.

    Keep up the good work John Redwood and all of the JW Survey team!

  • April 5, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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    The note part, does not show up in the email that came to my inbox. I trusted this site to be accurate, and when I read thru the fist half, I had to stop, catch my breath and wipe the tears from my eyes and slow my heaving chest. I didn’t even consider that I might possibly not be shunned by my entire family any longer, what was on my mind was my 12 year old daughter and the possibility that she might not be subjected to all that I was. And what this could mean for future generations.(She, my daughter is being raised JW by her father and the pressure for baptism is on) By the time I gathered myself and got through the rest of the article, I started to think it was too good to be true. Then came the Donald Trump bit and I knew I’d been fooled. But I had to pull up JW Survey the website to actually see the notation/disclaimer. This article broke my heart all over again. NOT FUNNY in any way. Unsubscribing now. Wow, (here’s some sarcasm for ya)… good job.

  • April 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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    This is one of the most powerful articles I have read on this website… Yes, I realize that it’s a joke… But the comments about young children getting baptized and then being held accountable years later when they choose to take another path, got me thinking about the ‘legality’ of a decision which could have such devastating consequences, when the individual becomes an adult… Thought provoking!

  • April 5, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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    A notice that this is satirical should be indicated in the headlines. This is otherwise misleading to those who may not read the fine print. Does satire belong in a place previously devoid of satire? I’m beginning to not take this website seriously anymore.

    • April 5, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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      John

      Check the site. I added a disclaimer on April 1st for the benefit of any who might fail to understand the opening satire.

      As for reading the “fine print” – this is a rather bizarre way to describe an article, which by the way is an opinion piece clearly labeled “The Friday Column”.

      This is not a contract, there is no “fine print”. Nothing to sign, no expectations. Just a Friday Column. If you prefer not to be surprised by the offerings of this column, you are free to ignore this weekly feature, or any other article that is not to your taste. Thanks for your input.

      JR

      • April 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm
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        I am thankful that I am free from contract, because I will neither be subscribing to your “opinion” nor reading any additional articles published by this site. To a newcomer, this article is representative of the quality of work on this site. I am disappointed by the increasing appeal to pathos combined with questionable journalistic tactics (that is in context with the other published articles.) You will persuade with objective information and truth, not by “opinion.” I may return when quality Improves. Until then, ill tune back to jw broadcasting. (Now that’s funny)

        • April 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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          John

          Questionable journalistic tactics? To what tactics are you referring?

          Also, we don’t expect you to agree with everything or anything we post. If you did, you would likely be bored with the site in minutes.

          Instead, we provoke thought, uncover hypocrisy, reveal sacrosanct documents kept hidden from JWs, and offer insights into this religion previously unavailable to the general public.

          Best of all, we let you speak your mind. And all for the low low price of zero dollars (or pounds or pesos)

          So, you might return when the quality improves. Excellent. In the meantime, let us know how you enjoyed JW Broadcasting :-)

          JR

        • April 7, 2016 at 9:04 am
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          That is satire…. a powerful tool against oppressive regimes….just look at comedians like Dave Allen and his jabs at the Catholic Church before all the revalations of their misdeeds… Priests and Nuns would revile him and some of them in Ireland wanted to excommunicate him… the tank and file Catholics in Ireland would switch his tv show off and discipline their children for watching him….sound familiar?

    • April 6, 2016 at 2:42 pm
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      Greetings to all:

      @John, & @Mich,

      You know, you may have a point. I think many of us if not all of us got ‘punked’. I too was elated with joy during the introduction, however, did not realise it was April’s fools day.

      One thing we all need to yeild and recognized, The Watchtower Corporation has strict and inconclusive Bible policies. It’s a mind control cult, of 150 years old and counting and deep rooted in our blood.

      In contrast JWSurvey, is an out reach program web site, and a no Spin Zone commentary. In fact, “that you may make sure of the more important things”. JWSurvey is – illuminating and liberating. Freelance and freedom.
      It’s true or its not.

      Is JWSurvey illuminating and liberating viewers? You decide.

      In the last 90 days, 662,243 views
      USA web site Ranking, 185,160
      Global web site Ranking, 405,757
      Out of millions and millions of web sites.
      source: Alexa

      JWSurvey is illuminating and liberating = Freedom.

      Peace out,

  • April 5, 2016 at 6:07 pm
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    I think the important thing to remember in this whole discussion is that, we are all on the same team! We’ve all sacrificed various amounts of our lives and sanities to a cult. That being said, everyone here is on a varied trajectory of recovery, and some of us are more fragile than others. The fact that this article stands is a testament to free speech, and the fact is that JW survey appeals to a wide variety of recovering ex-JW’s, but I don’t think that it has ever professed itself to be a support group. If some of us have viewed it that way, then there are better resources out there. My fear though, from the level of vitriol that is being aimed at this website, is that there are a number of disaffected ex-cult victims looking to find someone new to give their hearts and minds over to.

    • April 6, 2016 at 10:36 am
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      I agree. People say they “can’t” leave – they will miss their spouse, mother, father, kid, etc. Really? What kind of spouse, mother, father, kid, etc would shun and disown you just for not going to the same church or believing the same things? Why would you miss someone like that?

      You might miss the fact that you really never had a true spouse, mother, father, kid, etc, because a real one would NEVER treat you that way.

      • April 8, 2016 at 12:41 am
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        Unless they are completely brainwashed.
        Then they are no longer themselves.

      • April 8, 2016 at 5:59 am
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        M.Saurus. Well, if your family is all you know and they are programmed to SHUN you even though you are the father, Mother, Brother, sister, bet friend etc it can and will cause immense pain. It isn’t as easy as you might think to just walk away bc the WT forces penalties on free thinkers and free expression of thought. You can ask yourself lie you said are hey really good people anyway and what are you leaving? Your entire life had been tied up with this CULT and all your friends also so you may have had 10-5- years inside of it and it caused you to become socially dysfunctional and to start over 100% is not easy. That Is just one reason it is difficult to leave and many other reasons also. Any CUlt member goes thru the same thing but th difference is with the WT if you have all your family and friends in it that is even worse.

  • April 6, 2016 at 1:41 am
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    If John cannot grasp the creativity embedded in this article to uncover hypocrisy of the GB while showing us how a long way we need to go before GB operates the needed changes… let him/her “tune back to jw broadcasting”!
    But I have a piece of advice for him: The day you will decide to come back, “Armageddon” will have come! Go and understand what you can afford: “Armageddon” as “That place… does not seem to have existed in any literal location on earth.” (w12 2/1 p. 5)!

  • April 6, 2016 at 10:20 am
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    I’m sorry, but you people need to put things in perspective. “Not funny, I’m unsubscribing…” Seriously people, it was a JOKE. Sad thing that a disclaimer had to be put on a JOKE because some people got fooled.

    Not to be harsh, but you left a religion (or at least some of you have, some can’t or won’t, just want to make comments). You have changed your belief system. It happens. It’s not earth shattering or worth all the emotion some of you are giving it.

    Make your decision, then move on. Be able to laugh at things like this – you will be much happier.

    • April 6, 2016 at 3:38 pm
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      I concur,

      People who take offense at humor and try to guilt others because of their laughter need professional help however, this is not the forum to receive it. Political Correctness has been and continues to be a perverse conversation stopper.

      • April 7, 2016 at 8:58 pm
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        How about trying to be a decent human being? How about holding back your judgment of the victims? You won’t be ashamed of yourselves but you shoukd be. I hope you never have to learn how ignorant and unkind your comments are.

        • April 8, 2016 at 7:53 am
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          Sorry you feel the way you do. But I will stick by my word. After 55 years with this “organization” I feel liberated knowing what it is and what it does.

          Truth should not be mistaken for unkindness. Telling “truth about the truth” no matter how much it hurts is the way to go. Those that remain in darkness or feel afraid to laugh at themselves are the ones that are truly “ignorant”. They are enslaved by their guilt, foolishness, and Political Correctness. I wish all would find the courage to do what I have done and build a bridge and get over it. Then you will truly be FREE!

          • April 8, 2016 at 9:39 am
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            I agree with Big B. Who is “judging the victims”? It was an April fools joke! If some did not find it funny, they are truly unhappy people who need to lighten up! Your name, Lost Life, in itself shows that you may need some type of help.

  • April 6, 2016 at 4:32 pm
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    Gosh, you fooled me! Good one!:))) Laughed my ass off.

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