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Jehovah's Witnesses

They come to your door in pairs, sprouting their faith mercilessly. Many other Christians see them as a cult, but then aren't all religions cults? This evening we have a former Jehovah's Witness - Paul Grundy - who will tell his life story and experiences as well as the ramifications for him and for others in leaving this religion. He will talk about the theology of this cult and how it works.

Paul will also explain:

How to help Jehovah's Witnesses leave the cult

Findings of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Future of the Watchtower as a failed doomsday cult. This will incorporate information on how it is structured and financed

Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to:http://www.sydneyatheists.org/p/donations-and-membership.html

Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:

2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St 
REDFERN, NSW 2016

The entrance is 20 metres across Gibbons Street from Redfern Station under the SPAR sign. You can walk up the stairs, the escalator or use the elevator to the 2nd floor where the club is located. The outside of the venue is shown below.

Parking is available in the shopping complex and adjacent streets. 

Please have your meal before the talk in the adjacent lounge areas where there is a variety of food and drinks including Australian and Chinese meals - see the menu selection at:  http://www.clubredfern.com.au/dining

Dinner is available from 5.30pm whilst the talks begin at 7.00pm. As there will be limited table space, it is preferable to have meals in the restaurant section of the club before entering the function area, though bringing drinks in will be fine.

Sydney Atheists look forward to welcoming everyone to a great atmosphere and experience.

Once a month the Meetup meets for a topical discussion with a special guest. Special guests in the past have been members of the meetup, or experts from outside, speaking on topics of their expertise. If you wish to speak, or know somebody who would like to speak to us, please contact Steve 0450  123  211.

With the approval of our speakers, we also attempt to record our talks and put them up on our youtube channel.


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  • John

    As Paul was speaking it occured to me that this cult sounds very much like the behaviour of a virus- a non living entity that requires a host to survive and spread, and is very adaptable. I had never come across this idea about religions.
    My question at the end- where I wondered if this is like a 'meme' (unsure of its meaning)- like 'gossip'- which similarly spreads.
    So I google 'religion as virus' and and found Richard Dawkins wrote about this way back in 1976- religion as a 'memetic virus'. Closer analogy being religion as a computer virus.
    Must read the Dawkins book- The Selfish Gene (1976)...

    February 13

  • Ron G.

    Excellent. Very informative about the KW movement and also a deeply personal story that held us all.

    1 · February 11

  • Ron G.

    For my wife Sue and I it was our first time as paid up members. The talk was an interesting personal story as well as informative about the JW moevment. Our thanks to Paul and best wishes as he contines on hie journey back to reality.

    1 · February 11

  • Michael B.

    Great speaker and very informative

    1 · February 11

  • Anita

    A great talk! One of the best, if not THE best! Thanks Paul.

    1 · February 11

  • Helen M F.

    After reading the appreciative comments of other members of Sydney Atheists I feel that I cannot add more, except to say WOW! What a great exposure of an evil cult!

    1 · February 11

  • Jenny R.

    Thank you Paul. Your life with the cult sounded like an ongoing punishment and what courage it took to escape. I'm sure all our hearts were aching hearing your story, but glad you have now found happiness especially with your beautiful son.

    2 · February 11

  • John S.

    Wonderful talk! I could relate so much of it to my own experiences.

    1 · February 11

  • DaC

    Great evening, thanks Paul for the excellent heartfelt presentation.

    1 · February 11

  • Steve M.

    What an extraordinary evening. We thank Paul for his insightful presentation on this cult. He walked us through his religious life built on deception, manipulation, intimidation and falsehoods. We felt his pain and the pain of others who have escaped and those still imprisoned by Jehovah's Witnesses. He gave us an understanding of how this cult works. He mixed circumspection with humour to give a very polished and enthralling delivery. From all in attendance, thank you very much Paul.

    5 · February 11

    • DaC

      Paul delivered a well-researched presentation. And also thank you Steve for your good humour, organisation and chairing of the event. Thanks to Marcio too for getting hold of Paul to speak. Much appreciate the diligent effort that went on behind the scenes leading to a memorable event.

      3 · February 11

  • George

    Sorry I couldn't make it and did not post change of plans - grandson minding was a distraction.

    February 11

  • Keith David C.

    Sorry, can't make it. Dog-sitting.

    February 10

  • Carles

    Did god put an aircon in the venue?

    February 10

  • Márcio

    Nudists can believe in which ever isms they like :) I was more referring to the joke of opening the door to a JW naked.

    2 · February 10

    • Mick

      ...But, if they like what they saw - the JW may intensify their activities!

      February 10

  • Greg D.

    Sorry for my absence of late.Work.JW's don`t come to my door anymore.Who said all Christians are dumb?

    December 26

    • Adele

      Not sure if you are aware but nudists are not necessarily athiests.

      2 · February 10

    • Keith David C.

      Nudists AREN'T necessarily Atheists? NOW you tell me.

      1 · February 10

  • Helen M F.

    Door to door proselytizing? I would have thought this to be both labour intensive and ineffective. They can't find my front door anyway!

    1 · February 10

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