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Re: [bostonatheists] A humane consideration of the Jehovah's Witnesses

From: Bob
Sent on: Monday, February 25, 2013 10:47 AM
Hello Maria,

I'm sorry to hear that you had to grow up in such a crazy place. I grew up with some pretty wacky religious stuff too. They justified physical abuse to children. Possibly even worse, was the mental/emotional abuse of the "you're born a sinner", the heaven and hell threats, "suffering is holy", etc. Even after 30 years of being out of there I still sometimes come upon some inner resistance that I have to having a full life.

In 2007, 5 others and I started a nonprofit support group for trauma survivors. At my insistence (the only atheist on the board), we made it very clear that we want people to build their own inner wisdom, and to use the beliefs that work for them. So many of the recovery models out there use a "higher power" concept to turn one's will over to. Not only do I personally despise that, I also find it is incredibly counterproductive for people who are trying to create more power and choice in their lives. For anyone who is interested in our non-theistic healing methods, check out VitalCycles.org.

best wishes,
Bob
[address removed]

Hudson, NH

On Feb 25, 2013, at 8:35 AM, Maria wrote:

I was raised in this ridiculous cult. My 2 favorite websites exposing them for the vile organization that they are are found at exjwfacts.com and silentlambs.org. They may smile when they go to your door, but make no mistake they are doing it to protect their own ass from being murdered at armageddon by the hands of their loving god. The watchtower society is really a publishing company disguised as a religion. Their leaders, known as the governing body, are filthy rich manipulative men that live lavishly at the expense of their brainwashed followers and anyone that defends them are just as ignorant and brainwashed as those that follow their teachings.

From: Zachary Bos <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Saturday, February 23,[masked]:34 PM
Subject: [bostonatheists] A humane consideration of the Jehovah's Witnesses

From http://gawker.com/5986407/time-of-trouble-knocking-on-the-door-of-the-jehovahs-witnesses:

Not only am I not a Jehovah's Witness, I'm not even a Christian. I grew up with no religion. I am a "None." That's what pollsters call Americans who respond on national surveys to the question "What is your religious affiliation?" with a single word: "None." But over the years, I've grown curious. I want to know what it's all about.
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I try to imagine what it must have been like to be an American in the early and mid-1800s, when what seems to me a particularly desperate brand of Christianity that includes the Jehovah's Witnesses took shape. Textbooks teach the broad social changes: urbanization, industrialization, rapid population growth. But what did this mean to individuals? In a nutshell: filthy living conditions.
[...]

In the sanctuary of the Kingdom Hall, I'm seated directly behind a young woman with Down syndrome. She could be as old as 20. She is with her mother. The reason I know the woman is her mother is because of the two empty seats between them; at a certain point, the more distance we put between ourselves and our guardians the more obvious our dependence. She's holding a tablet of paper with extra-big spaces between lines. Someone has written in big, fluid script, "I will not listen to Satan" three times down the sheet, leaving room for her to copy the words underneath. Throughout the morning, she works, painstakingly forming each letter and then holding the page close to her face to admire her work.
[...]

According to some old Watchtower articles, members of the "great flock" won't just feed blueberries to grizzlies all day-they'll have tasks too. For example, they will be on post-apocalypse clean-up duty. The article mentions that they will be assigned the job of gathering the bleached bones of the annihilated. You'd have to dream awfully big to be included in the small flock, but the only requirement for becoming a member of the great flock is to be an obedient Witness.




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