The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom

Life Story

The Price of Freedom "Freedom always comes with a price." -  C.S. Lewis When I decided to leave the Watchtower organisation a year ago, I underestimated just how deeply the consequences of my actions would affect every aspect of…

Royal Commission Reloaded – Angus Stewart vs. Watchtower

Legal

ROYAL COMMISSION RELOADED Angus Stewart vs. Watchtower March 10, 2017 saw the continuation of the Australian Royal Commission’s investigation into Watchtower’s handling of child abuse allegations. ‘Case 54’ as it was known, sought to analyse if the recommendations…

THE BATMAN POSTURE: The Witnesses’ Practice of Non-Recognition

Apostates

THE BATMAN POSTURE The Witnesses' Practice of Non-Recognition I was walking up my street this morning to buy a newspaper. (Yes, who buys newspapers these days, eh?) This one I had to though, and it had nothing to…

RETURNING TO JEHOVAH – My Final Journey Out of the Watchtower

Life Story

RETURNING TO JEHOVAH My Final Journey Out of the Watchtower My name is Sylvia. I live in the beautiful Island of Hawaii. I remember as a young child in Kindergarten going to a Catholic church, the disturbing impression…

Apostate Activism: Is It Worth It?

Truth

APOSTATE ACTIVISM: IS IT WORTH IT? I’ve been out of the Watchtower organisation for just over a year now. In my effort to educate people, I’ve created a blog (‘thinkingwitnesses.org’). This, of course - at least as far…

My Mental Departure from Watchtower

Life Story, Video

MY MENTAL DEPARTURE FROM WATCHTOWER My name is Cliff ('Fifth'), 29,  I am a 2nd generation Jehovah's Witness from California, USA. In this article, I share my experience within the Watchtower organization. I was officially disfellowshipped this year,…

Mandela’s Brush With Watchtower

Celebrity

MANDELA’S BRUSH WITH WATCHTOWER Today marks the third anniversary since the death of global icon, former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. Incidentally, this day also marks the 60th anniversary of his two-week arrest, under the apartheid regime,…

One Year Out of Watchtower

Disassociation

ONE YEAR OUT OF WATCHTOWER Today is approximately one year since the ‘death’ of our favourite son. Oye oye oye. Last year on this day (September 20, 2015) was a seminal moment for me; this was the day…

A NEW PERSPECTIVE: Life After Watchtower

Life Story

A NEW PERSPECTIVE: Life After Watchtower My au pairing adventure came to an end roughly about a month ago. I can honestly say that it has been one of the most life changing experiences of my life. My personal…

Brotherhood of Delusion

Religion

BROTHERHOOD OF DELUSION I’m a curious person. I am challenged by the unknown. I can be driven, out of sheer frustration, to penetrate a closed veil of conspiracy. And this is what impelled me to go forward to…

Class Warfare In Marxism and Jehovah’s Witness Theology

Undue Influence

CLASS WARFARE IN MARXISM AND JEHOVAH’S WITNESS THEOLOGY In the late 19th Century, two strange men with whiskers became preoccupied with a critical analysis of society in terms of an ultimate End State. What would that state be…

HOW TO AWAKEN AND EXTRACT YOUR FAMILY From the Clutches of the Watchtower Cult

Cult, Truth

HOW TO AWAKEN AND EXTRACT YOUR FAMILY From the Clutches of the Watchtower Cult IF you are a male in a Jehovah's Witness household, rest assured, you have incredible power. For one thing, if you are smart and…

Why Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Preach?

Preaching

Why Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Preach? In asking the above question as to why Witnesses preach, I’m not looking for the usual answer that Witnesses typically repeat verbatim: “Because Jesus did,” or “We are only following Jesus’ example.” Yes yes… Allow…

Undue Influence: Watchtower’s Compliance Strategy

Baptism, Undue Influence

Undue Influence: Watchtower’s Compliance Strategy I recall sitting in my Contract Law class this one time, doing the chapter on “Improperly Obtained Consensus.” One avenue of such illicit consensus was the concept of “undue influence.” I had heard…

Convention: Remain Loyal to Jehovah

Convention

Convention: Remain Loyal to Jehovah This year’s convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses promises to be an interesting one. The basic theme is loyalty… loyalty to Jehovah. The theme made me think of a certain cover-page from a book written…

The Memorial: The Partakers

Anointed, Dates, Memorial

The Memorial: The Partakers I stumbled across an old Watchtower[1] that spoke about the annual figures in the Yearbook, namely, how these numbers should be understood. Naturally, it addressed the partakers of the annual Memorial. This aspect intrigued…

Memorial: When is Nisan 14 in 2016?

Memorial

Memorial: When is Nisan 14 in 2016? It came to my attention last night that there is this huge debate about when precisely Nisan 14 is in relation to our Gregorian calendar this year. This debate exits primarily…

The Memorial: Trivia

Memorial

The Memorial: Trivia Technically, it’s still the Memorial today (March 24, 2016); the Jews count their days from sunset to sunset, therefore it’s still Nisan 14. Even though the number of those partaking within the Witness ranks is…

The Memorial: Jehovah’s Witnesses

Anointed, Memorial

The Memorial: Jehovah’s Witnesses So today’s the Memorial (Wednesday, March 23, 2016). This will be my first Memorial as an erstwhile Witness, that is, since my affiliation with the organisation back in the latter part of 2003. I…

Legal Seminar: South Africa Bethel

Bethel, Higher Education, Legal

Legal Seminar: South Africa Bethel Last year today (February 28, 2015) I was still one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’m not soon to forget this day for two distinct reasons. Firstly, a Witness friend of mine damn near died…