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The "Critical Thought" presents topics that will challenge you to use critical thinking as you examine the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses. As former teachers and members of Watchtower theology, the group known as JW.org, we have insider information to raise public awareness. Most important, we know the psychological tactics the organization uses to lure unsuspecting converts into believing its deceptive teachings.Our intent is not to bash the organization’s religious practices. We are merely conduits, sharing information about the group’s motives and operation. We are dedicated to dispelling the group’s false teachings that they plant in the minds of “the fallen.”As former members of this group, we understand how an enormous burden befalls those members who cannot maintain the pace—a burden of shame, fear, obligation and guilt, judgment and condemnation; accusations of unappreciativeness, spiritual weakness, and the inability to truly love God. Carrying this burden eventually takes its toll. We know many members who expressed a desire to leave the group. But they stayed because they feared losing close relationships with family and longtime friends. So, they put up a front, feigning their zealous commitment as faithful members of the organization. Many struggled—and continue to struggle— to maintain this charade, denying their true feelings. Their friendships are conditional, based on whether they continue as members in the organization. All the while, the leaders pretend that they are part of a big, happy family and convince members to stay the course because the end to our terrible world conditions is around the corner. If through our platform, we help a single person in anguish over his or her inability to live up to the group’s standards—unattainable standards that have nothing whatsoever to do with the Bible or loving God— or prevent unsuspecting victims from joining the group, or assist public educators to better understand their pupils, or help to mend broken family relationships, or motivate individuals to see the need to further their education – we will have succeeded.

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Mental Health Challenges of Jehovah's Witnesses
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Speaker 1
The patient was diagnosed by a psychiatrist as a paranoid schizophrenic after ten years, he was pronounced incurable and was able to stay out of the mental institution only by taking three pills every day. And then one of Jehovah's Witnesses calling from house to house managed to start a Bible study with him. After eight months, the man needed no more pills, and four months later he was pronounced fully cured.

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Then there was the woman in Michigan who for many years had received regular psychotherapy shock treatments and had spent $5,000 on drug treatment. Yet she still kept threatening suicide. After studying the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses, she was able to discontinue taking drugs as well as quit smoking. She found her psychiatrist to tell him that now she felt better than she had ever felt before, and what accounted for it?
He replied that he wished all of his patients could find a cure like that.

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The two experiences that you just heard, they came from the April 22nd, 1975, a week magazine. These types of articles form the foundation and the basis for the type of culture that exists among Jehovah's Witnesses. For decades, and that is people who are struggling with mental health issues. It is because you are spiritually weak. And so by citing examples of someone who had an incurable situation in their life with schizophrenia, that by reading our magazines they were cured.

These types of articles were used by elders, circuit overseers and speakers all around the world to tell the Jehovah's Witnesses just read our magazines and your problems will be fixed.

00;02;38;28 - 00;03;07;19

Hi, this is Lady Cee. Welcome to the critical thought. In the upcoming episode, we're going to be talking about Jehovah's Witnesses and mental health awareness. In fact, we have a series of videos that we're going to be covering under this umbrella, talking about mental health awareness, because a lot of people, they may be experiencing these issues in their lives, but they don't realize it.

And we also teamed up with a mental health professional who is going to weigh in on this matter.

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There is still a stigma when it comes to mental health. Individuals perceive mental health as, you know, that something is wrong with me. You know, I'm flawed. Know there's a deficit. I think we are addressing that stigma by taking more of a strength based approach to addressing mental health. Not what's wrong with you, but what's right about you.

Maybe. Maybe we've forgotten what was right about me. Through whatever circumstances.
Of situations that.
I've I've gone into in my life. In the mind is interesting. We can get so focused on that algorithm of negativity, too, where we only see what we believe and then.

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Hi, I'm Daniel. I am JT and the purpose of this video is to speak to you about how the Watchtower creates mental health issues for its members. Okay, JT, let's start.

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Speaker 2
Yeah, that is something that you will find in this religion is the mental health concerns that people will end up finding themselves dealing with.

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Speaker 3
Mm hmm. Well, a few weeks ago, we released a video, and we made the point that the Watchtower, the governing body, the witnesses and the society as a whole basically were the modern day Pharisees, but they were the modern day Pharisees because they were creating manmade mandates. Do you remember.













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Sep 12, 2022
The Top Six Questions You Should Ask a Jehovah's Witness
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In the month of September, the Jehovah's Witnesses are planning to offer free home Bible studies. If you happen to find yourself in their audience, this podcast will help you to prepare to ask questions that can help you keep from getting caught in their hamster wheel. 

Most people are unaware of the Jehovah's Witness culture and how they do their recruiting. It means that you could find yourself in a situation not realizing how you got there.


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Sep 01, 2022
What Else Did They Lie About? Interview with Shayla Hudson Riggle
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In this episode, Shayla Hudson Riggle discusses her experience growing up as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and how after a family secret finally came to life, she wanted to know what else they were lying about. The decision to do further investigation about Jehovah's Witnesses lead her directly to exjw critical thinkers youtube channel.

She is excited to wake up to the truth about the religion and is sharing her personal story about how she woke up and began walking in her own path. 

Shayla has her own production company, successfully making strides in her life. You can learn more about her company at:

https://shoutoutla.com/meet-shayla-hudson-riggle-ceo-partner-executive-producer/
https://www.rigglemethat.org/meet-the-team

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Sep 01, 2022
Jehovah's Witnesses: Don't Accept that Scholarship!
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Letter to the Body of Elders Seeking Lawyers - https://imgur.com/HivxGbX

In this podcast, JT delivers a powerful discourse about Jehovah's Witnesses and Education.

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Jul 30, 2022
The Power of the Platform...How What We Say Can Affect People in Our Audience.
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In this episode, the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses shared an analogy on the world wide platform asking a very pointed question about little babies comparing them to little angels or enemies of God.

We discuss the ramifications of what this means in the Jehovah's Witness community and how it will no doubt play out in the lives of the members of this group.

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Jul 17, 2022
Jehovah's Witnesses, Secretly Accepting Blood Transfusions
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Recently, we received an email from an anesthesiologist discussing his experience with Jehovah's Witnesses secretly taking blood.

In this podcast, we discuss the situation with Jehovah's Witnesses and how our guest, Shauna, was faced with this dilemma. Find out how she and her family handled their situation in this podcast.

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Begin Email message from anesthesiologist:

Hello. I found you guys on the Internet. I’m a[n] anesthesiologist. I have a question for you. What percentage of those witnesses would take a blood transfusion if it could be absolutely guaranteed where no one will ever find out?

I have had several patients that in the operating room, I asked them before going to sleep if they would receive blood. They have said ‘no blood’ in the presence of  family in the preoperative area. However when alone in the operating room with no family members around, they have said that they will, in fact, accept blood in the operating room as long as nobody finds out. This has happened a number of times. A recent case where a woman that I had as a patient almost died until we got her to the operating room and were able to give her blood anonymously.

We’re trying to develop a policy in the hospital somehow to be able to give JWs the option of a truly free decision on whether or not they want to receive blood without the pressure of being in the presence of family and church vampires about.

Any of your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

End Email


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To learn more about our Guest Shauna, be sure to check out the interview we did where she and her husband shared their experience on our YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on42UtqJZEs&t=619s

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Jul 05, 2022
Does the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses Represent the Modern Day Pharisees?
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The Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses stakes claims that they are Gods Spokesmen. 

Check out this quote from their 2013 Watchtower:

"At that time, the lifesaving direction that we receive from Jehovah’s organization may not appear practical from a human standpoint. All of us must be ready to obey any instructions we may receive, whether these appear sound from a strategic or human standpoint or not."

November 15, 2013 Watchtower, p.20

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Jun 28, 2022
Bethel Leak - Unhappy Members (Physically In, Mentally Out) - Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses
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If you know the history behind the Jehovah's Witness religion, you are well aware of how it feels being at odds with the beliefs once you realize it is not the truth. Many JW's are in a quandary where they have to fake it just to survive. That is what being a PIMO is all about. It is an acronym for Physically In, Mentally Out. To further explain, it's all about pretending to believe so that you don't lose your family and social structure.

The term PIMO was coined several years ago to identify the growing number of individuals that are trapped in the religion for one reason or another. Because of the strict shunning  policy, Jehovah's Witnesses realize they can lose everything if they allow others to know how they truly feel about the organization. They stand to lose their marriage, job, friends, home, and anything else that connects them to a person that holds the cards to any situation as it relates to their livelihood.

This podcast delves into the lives of members at the world headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses aka Bethel. During the COVID-19 lockdown, members at Bethel experienced a very turbulent time as they were not permitted to leave the premises. They report alcohol abuse, domestic violence, depression and even suicidal thoughts.

Source of this video: exjwbethelelder (Reddit)
https://www.reddit.com/r/exjw/comments/v9mgao/a_special_message_from_a_pimo_bethel_elder_see/

Jun 13, 2022
Jehovah's Witnesses - Different Countries, Same Ole Lies
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Meet Jonathan, a former Jehovah's Witness that realized something was wrong with the teachings long before he learned the truth behind the organization. As he states in this interview, things just did not sit right. He knew something was amiss, but could not pinpoint the issues.

If you have questions about his experience or may be able to relate to him and want to reach out, Jonathan can be reached at SpookMaster35@outlook.com.

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Jun 11, 2022
Living in Fear of Getting Caught Pretending to be a Jehovah's Witness
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#exjw #JehovahWitness #exjwcriticalthinker

You've no doubt heard of the term PIMO which means Physically In, Mentally Out. This is how Jehovah's Witnesses that are trapped in the religion but no longer believe it is the truth but they remain in the congregation because they do not want to lose their family.

Justin's PIMO story is much more than that because he was literally in survival mode while pretending to be a Jehovah's Witness. His entire livelihood was in danger if the brothers at the Kingdom Hall really knew how he felt about the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. In fact, he was facing the possibility of losing his job because not only the owner of the company, but approximately 80% of the staff were all Jehovah's Witnesses. Therefore, if Justin were to leave the religion, he may as well be quitting his job too.

It is interesting how Jehovah's Witnesses may seem to feel slighted because people do not want to deal with them and their religious beliefs. Yet, when it is convenient for them, they turn around and treat people the exact same way for choosing to leave their group.

Be sure to check out Justin's channel at EXJW Diaries https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsYLpWKwDlJUrp_SipTHAQQ

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May 24, 2022
Jehovah's Witnesses - Hiding their Identity to Maintain Family Relationships
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What does it mean to be a PIMO? The acronym stands for Physically In, Mentally Out.
It is a term that is used for individuals that no longer believe in the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses but they are unable to leave for fear of shunning.

THE GROWING NUMBER OF PIMO'S IS ASTOUNDING.

We receive countless emails from individuals waking up all over the world.
It is amazing how the Internet has been a game changer for many people and they are receiving a confirmation by going online and meeting up with likeminded individuals learning the real truth about the Watchtower.

Do not allow fear to keep you from knowledge. You should always continue searching for information and knowledge. Never allow an organization to hi-jack your mind and keep you from living your life to the fullest. Never does the scriptures tell people to stop living for a future date.

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May 13, 2022
Former Jehovah's Witness: Disfellowshipped & Thriving
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    ABOUT VEVIAN
    Learning how to live after leaving or getting disfellowshipped from the Jehovah's Witnesses is a challenging journey. It destroys your whole approach to life. It's like the rug gets pulled out from under you in every way because the organization defined everything about your life. It defined who you were, what you believed in, your relationships, your purpose in life, your view of the world, your view of the future, and your view on what happened to us after we die. Being part of it is how you made sense of the world.

    As a Jehovah's Witness, you were taught to be "no part of this world." The religion made you believe that it was only "Jehovah's people" who had "the truth". I'm here to tell you otherwise.

    When Jesus said, "the truth will set you free," he was speaking of your OWN truth. Living your truth means that you unapologetically embrace who you are and present that true self to the world. Your authentic self is the self that will most benefit you and the lives of those you encounter.

    Leaving or getting shunned from the organization and not having your voice as a woman can leave you feeling psychologically and mentally stunted and incapable of making life decisions. You could be feeling helpless, suicidal, numb, riddled with guilt and shame, angry, suffer from sleep deprivation, eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and interpersonal dysfunction.

    It is heroic of you to say NO to the organization and no longer want to be part of it. Possibly for the first time in your life, you are starting to ask yourself, what do I want and believe?

    Welcome to your healing journey and finding your truth.
    In a very real way, you have to re-create your identity from scratch.
    I know what what this feels like.

    I was disfellowshipped in December 2011. I wrote four letters to get back into the organization in 2 years. I missed everyone, including my mom, who has been a regular pioneer for 30+ years. After these two years of getting rejected re-entry, I decided I wanted to see what life was like in the real world. It turns out it's pretty INCREDIBLE!

    I've dedicated the last ten years of my life to my healing journey of finding my own truth. This journey of self-awareness, self-inquiry, self-acceptance and self-compassion led me to the path of self-love. It turns out, the only person you need approval from is yourself!

    Along my healing path, I've picked up tools, habits, and tactics that I'm sharing in this program.

    This program is intended to help support you and help you discover who you are outside of the Jehovah's Witnesses. The group format and setting will provide a safe space to connect with like-minded individuals who will intern empower you on your journey.

    During these eight weeks, you will take a deep dive into your inner world to unlock what you believe, who you are, and help you connect with your full potential!

    Please consider supporting our work on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/exjwcriticalthinker

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    How to Contact Us
    We appreciate hearing from our viewers; however, we do not have enough staff or resources to communicate with everyone. We rarely check messages in our social media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Twitter,
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May 13, 2022
Jehovah's Witnesses: Bad Advice Poor Choices Education & Debt
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You can visit Amira aka Tuffryda at the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCROI7_fBzYBC4wmJZS3Cs6Q

In this episode, Amira discusses what it was like growing up as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and the difficulties she faced in school. Neither one of her parents were baptized as Jehovah's Witnesses, but Amira's mother was born and raised in the religion. Her mother, a person that didn't accept the religion as her own, allowed her mother to instill the beliefs in her daughter.

Amira tells her story about what it was like navigating her educational pursuits and the difficulties she faced trying to decide whether or not she should attend college. Mainly, because her Jehovah's Witness family didn't encourage higher education, but her academic advisors were telling her to move forward with her interests in learning.

Of course, no one talks about how much it costs to go to a four year university. So, in this episode, Amira helps other young people her age to understand the difficulties she faced and hopes to steer you in a better direction.


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May 06, 2022
Interview/Discussion: Jehovah's Witnesses - Dating, Courtship & Marriage - Part 2
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Apr 29, 2022
Jehovah's Witnesses - Dating, Courtship & Marriage Part 1
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#exjw #JehovahWitness #exjwcriticalthinker #Jehovah'sWitnessRelationships

This episode will be one of many in a series educating the public about Jehovah's Witnesses and relationships.

The information contained herein is from our perspective and what we have seen. Trust and believe, there are many more sides to this coin. It is just one of many that we will be presenting to the audience to see how Jehovah's Witnesses think and view relationships. The religion simply makes relationships more difficult because it sets up false titles and positions that people want to attain and when they do not materialize, it can wreak havoc in the lives of its members.

We regularly receive email's from individuals asking us for our advice about pursuing relationships with Jehovah's Witnesses. There are many different combinations of issues pertaining to these relationships. Some are married to disfellowshipped Jehovah's Witnesses and didn't realize it until their significant other decided to return to the Kingdom Hall. Others met the Witness on the job and began seriously dating all to find out that the person wanted them to join the group or else they would have to terminate their relationship.

We realize that in order to help educate individuals about being married to a Jehovah's Witness, it would be best for them to see what it is like when both parties are baptized in the faith. Once you see how stressful it can be for two people that are both willing participants in the religion and the issues they face, it makes it easier to help unbelievers to see the possible difficulties they will face.

In this video, we discuss the basics about how Jehovah's Witness women are pressured to marry individuals that are ministerial servants. We also provide experiences of several individuals that realize their past mistakes about getting married too young. 

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Apr 28, 2022
Living with Autism as a Jehovah's Witness: Social Outcast
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Autism Awareness

Our guest, reached out to us to tell her story about what it was like living with Autism and trying to fit into with the Jehovah's Witness culture.

Autism in Adults
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/autism-learning-disabilities/autism-in-adults.htm
https://www.autism.org/autism-symptoms-and-diagnosis-in-adults/

Autism - Mayo Clinic
https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/topics/autism

Early Identification of Autism
https://neurosciences.ucsd.edu/centers-programs/autism/early/signs.html

Autism Society
https://www.autism-society.org/what-is/symptoms/

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Apr 28, 2022
Special Guest: Mark O'Donnell Discusses Jehovah's Witness Sentencing Court Case
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Jehovah's Witnesses Illinois Court Case. Discussion with Mark O'Donnell about the state vs. Michael Penkava & Colin Scott . Mark provides an update about the sentencing of the two Jehovah's witness elders.


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Apr 16, 2022
Jehovah's Witness - From In Crowd to Outcast
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Sean has a YouTube channel called "Ask An Apostate (almost) Anything" https://www.youtube.com/user/cordialneondiva/featured 

Like most born-in Jehovah’s Witnesses, Sean got baptized young at age 16. Over the course of time he served as a ministerial servant, engaged in regular and auxiliary pioneer service. 

According to Sean, the waking up process was rough and so is the subsequent fallout. However, he confidently states that “It's totally worth it, but man, it's brutal.

Sean was raised in a progressive Jehovah’s Witness household where he remembers his father climbing the Jehovah’s Witness corporate ladder. Both parents were regular pioneers (and his mom remains one today). Throughout the years, his parents have sacrificed a lot for the organization.

Sean’s dad was the regional convention and circuit assembly overseer and has now been moved into a position where he is being used to train other brothers to do the same thing. He also did a lot of work on Kingdom Hall quick builds and Assembly Hall builds, and has done work with the LDC, RBC, and HLC. 

He recalls meeting a lot of "heavy hitters" in the organization. He grew up constantly going to dinners and family vacations with district overseers, circuit overseers, branch representatives, bethel speakers, missionaries, and even went to dinner with a Governing Body member. (Or at least he thinks he was, but at such a young age he was not impressed.

Sean’s family hobnobbed with the elite Jehovah’s Witnesses, and he got to see a LOT of the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on at regional conventions and on local congregation levels. Looking back, he believes this was the start of his waking up process although he didn’t realize it at the time. 


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Apr 16, 2022
Are Jehovah's Witnesses the only ones going to Heaven?
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In this episode, JT & Lady Cee discuss how the Jehovah's Witnesses view Heaven, the only ones that will be accepted and how they view those that do not agree.



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Apr 16, 2022
Jehovah's Witnesses - We are living in the last days! Get Back to the Kingdom Hall
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We are living in the last days, yes, we are down to the toenails. So, it’s time to get back to the Kingdom Hall and be part of Jehovah’s safety net. This is what elders and circuit overseers are no doubt parroting from the platform all over the world. They have been using bad news about world event to continually scare their members into staying or returning back to the fold.

We recommend that you do your research to learn more about the organization known as Jehovah's Witnesses.

References
May 1974 Kingdom Ministry

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Check out our videos on why we left the Why We Left the Jehovah's Witnesses
 
https://youtu.be/rqYUCV4FHI4
https://youtu.be/bLaSB9P2MEE

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Apr 10, 2022
Jehovah’s Witnesses: the Brotherhood is a Sham!
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Apr 02, 2022
The Dutch Fight Back Against Jehovah's Witnesses and Shunning in the Netherlands
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In this podcast, we are speaking with Youri Jourdain, a former Jehovah's Witness from the Netherlands where he discusses the Dutch Committee Against shunning.

Youri also has a YouTube channel where he is sharing information about his cause in working with local politicians in his area to raise awareness about the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Article about Henri Dahlem (50) from Aalten. He is a fighter. Jehovah’s Witnesses’ “discriminatory exclusion policy” must come to an end, and he is trying to achieve this in all possible ways.
https://cne.news/artikel/672-former-jehovahs-witness-was-not-greeted-at-grandmothers-funeral 

https://cne.news/artikel/672-former-jehovahs-witness-was-not-greeted-at-grandmothers-funeral

https://www.bd.nl/tilburg-e-o/na-beschuldiging-van-hoererij-wordt-jim-winter-uitgesloten-als-jehova-en-ziet-hij-geen-familie-meer~a1cbafa5/?referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

https://www.reddit.com/r/exjw/comments/c06lyr/netherlands_at_the_age_of_four_henri_dahlem_48/

Activism in the Netherlands

Interview with Henri Dahlem in Dutch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hM1YF0WBjw


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Mar 22, 2022
EXJW Millennial Discovers the Watchtower's Deceptions
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Alt+Worldly meets exjw Critical Thinker

As a 4th Generation Jehovah's Witness, Jake likens his discoveries about their deceit to a small crack in your windshield. You don't notice how bad it is until you seek the crack going all the way across your window. He finally, put 2 + 2 together and cracked the code to the deceptions of the organization.

You can find more videos from Jake aka Alt Worldly at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfHydnkPDgYNCZiviuVVrkw

You can now listen to our podcasts on most major podcast outlets https://www.buzzsprout.com/1905181

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Mar 16, 2022
The Top 5 Reasons Why the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses Enjoys Speculating Beyond the Bible
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Mar 03, 2022
Interview with Celebrity Chef: We Were Jehovah's Witnesses in Name Only - Fake Elder Alert
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In this episode, we interview celebrity Chef Darrin Kenneth where he tells all of the family secrets on what it was like growing up as a Jehovah's Witness and having the appearance of the model family. However, he speaks about the bad behaviors from many individuals, namely elders and their families doing everything that goes against Watchtower teachings. He demonstrates that what you see is not always what you get.

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Mar 01, 2022
Interview: Keil Lamont WJZD Radio Detroit - Why I Left the Jehovah's Witnesses
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Radio Personality Keil Lamont is no stranger to Detroit’s airwaves. He enjoys an extensively rich and varied radio broadcasting career, working on air in nearly every conceivable radio format, including Classic Hits, News, News/Talk, CHR, Urban, Urban Adult, Jazz and more. 

Keil started his radio career while yet a sophomore in high school, landing a job at WCAR News Radio 1130 AM and CAR-92, WCAR-FM.  As a high school senior, he joined urban outlet WGPR-FM and later moved to WLBS-FM.  Through the years, Keil’s radio path has taken him to WDRQ, WKSG, WJZZ, WJLB, and WMXD.  Keil hosted the “Quiet Storm” on three separate Detroit radio stations through the 80’s and 90’s, taking each station to #1 in the key Adult 25-54 demographic. 

“I am extremely excited to be part of the WJZDRadio team,” says Keil.  “We have the opportunity to showcase Detroit radio’s unique style to a worldwide audience.”  You can hear Keil Lamont on WJZDRadio weekdays from 2PM – 6PM Eastern Time.Keil Lamont was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. 

As you will see from his personal interview, he had many challenges prior to being on the airwaves which had a lot to do with his upbringing as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. He recalls having an interest in radio as early as 12 years old. However, he was told by the Elders that this was not a worthwhile pursuit and went on to state this his was mostly associated with worldly behavior. 

Fortunately, Keil had other plans for his future other than service the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society full time. He continued pursuing his goals as you can see from his accomplishments in life. 


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Feb 24, 2022
Interview: Jack Grey - Jehovah's Witnesses From Fear to Freedom
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Jack Grey, former Jehovah's Witness elder expounds on the issues of how individuals are trapped by fear based on the teachings of the governing body. He discusses how he woke due to the Watchtower's teaching about the overlapping generation. Jack is good at empowering individuals to use critical thinking when examining the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Jack has been working with the EXJW Empowerment group since its inception. This group is doing a tremendous job in assisting individuals that no longer belong to the organization. cThey have been instrumental in assisting young people to find a place to stay after being put out of their homes because they no longer choose to following the teachings of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. 

The  EXJW Empowerment group is an excellent resource for former Jehovah's Witnesses who want to move past challenges, disappointments and hurts, and move towards a brand new fulfilling, happy and empowered life.

Website https://feartofreedom.ca/?fbclid=IwAR1e0-F9GsECf4wlWBI8PdQRze6b3nIgKYwZ1eVG59Q9n2eqnZmIOYb4TPw

Link to the EXJW Empowerment Group on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1412960118760984

Link to Jack Grey's Book FEAR TO FREEDOM:

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Feb 22, 2022
Interview: Stop Giving Jehovah's Witness Elders Power Over Your Life
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Everett & Shardinea Carter are former Jehovah’s Witnesses, one, a fourth generation and the other born in. For the past several years they have been working as online activists to help bring awareness to the group.

Waking up to the true realizations about the religion was a turbulent time for both individuals. They are most grateful to wake up to learn the truth and since 2018, they are spending their efforts to educate others about the dangers of the group.

Despite the efforts of members in the organization who tried to drive a wedge in their relationship, they managed to remain strong.

You can find more information about their online activism at the following links:

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Feb 17, 2022
Interview: Lori & Dan Cline - Leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses After 50+ Years
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Lori & Dan Cline talk about their Jehovah's Witness experience. In fact, Lori is a 4th generation Jehovah's Witness as a result of her great-grandparents taking root with the religion in the 1920's. Lori talks about her frustrations with the Watchtower judicial process, seeking reinstatement, dealing with the two-witness rule, and the issues involving spiritual divorce.

After leaving the religion, Lori is working with former Jehovah's Witnesses to help them deal with life after leaving. You can find her contact information below:

Lori Cline Life Coaching
Www.loriclinelifecoaching.com

My YouTube channel is Maritsa Chairo:

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Feb 15, 2022
Discussion: Jehovah's Witnesses Desperate for Leadership
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Announcements and Reminders
January 2022
FOR ELDERS

Assisting Young Brothers to Make Spiritual Progress:
For several years, the Governing Body has emphasized the importance of assisting young brothers to qualify for congregation responsibilities.

This continues to be an urgent need. It has been observed that in some congregations, few baptized brothers in their late teens and early 20s are reaching out to serve as pioneers or ministerial servants. In some lands, relatively few young brothers are applying to attend the School for Kingdom Evangelizers, to serve at Bethel or to assist in Kingdom Hall construction and maintenance. On the other hand, qualified younger brothers in some congregations have been held back simply because of their age. (w18.08 pp. 11-12 pars. 15-17)

Therefore, the Governing Body requests that all bodies of elders worldwide give priority to helping younger brothers grow in their relationship with Jehovah and qualify for congregation responsibilities. (Phil. 2:20-22; 1 Tim. 4:12-15; w75 4/15 pp. 3-13)

Elders should regularly discuss spiritual goals with younger brothers. (Ps. 110:3; w21.08 pp. 26-31; sfl chap. 1 par. 6 pt. 4; chap. 8 par. 5)

Although relatively young in years, exceptional ministerial servants may already be viewed as spiritually older men and qualify as elders in their mid-, or even early, 20’s. In due course, the Shepherd book will be updated to reflect this direction.

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Jan 16, 2022
Interview: Stephen & Celine Mather Faded from Jehovah’s Witness Faith
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Interview with father/daughter podcast duo of What Should I Think About..? podcast.

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Podcast – https://whatshouldithinkabout.podbean.com
Website – https://www.evilsheep.co.uk/whatshouldithinkabout

Stephen Mather was a born-in Jehovah's Witness that never truly believed all of their teachings. His childhood was spent thinking about Watchtower attainments: Ministerial Servant, Elder, Pioneer, Circuit Overseer, Missionary and Bethelite. However, once he and his wife had their daughter, Stephen realized that he cannot teach someone something that he does not fully believe himself. That was the start of his journey out of Watchtower.

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Celine Rachel Mather is a media graduate of Goldsmiths College, University of London who has been making short films for three years, initially as a writer and now finding a love in directing and producing. She is focused on breaking into the film industry as an independent young female creator. Celine is a partner at Evil Sheep Productions and the Producer and co-creator of Dissonance.

Stephen Mather is a Psychology graduate through the Open University with a Masters in Organizational Psychology through Birkbeck University of London. He works as a Learning & Development professional and improvement coach within business settings. Having left the high control group of his birth he has a particular interest in the psychological processes involved in high control, cultic groups and how leavers construct their identity upon exiting.

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Dec 17, 2021
Interview: Koko - Why I Never Joined the Jehovah’s Witness Religion
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Dec 17, 2021
Interview - Sean Myles - Jehovah’s Witnesses - You Heard It Here First
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Sean Breed Speaks on topics that’s on the mind of anyone who has a mind.
Be sure to check out his YouTube channel where he’s talking about his Jehovah’s Witness experiences.

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Dec 17, 2021
Interview: Paul Brumfield - I Was Forced to Live a Double-Life to Survive my Jehovah’s Witness Childhood
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In this podcast, Paul discusses how he had to live a double-life to survive his Jehovah’s Witness childhood. To learn more about his story, check out his YouTube channel at exjw in Louisiana – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNG97S9rUBNmXaBm_ozarpA


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Dec 17, 2021
Interview: Tracy EXJW Commuter Bethelite Wakes up to the truth about Jehovah's Witnesses
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Nov 11, 2021
Interview: Kenan J. Floyd Goes from Watchtower to Hollywood
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How to reach Kenan Fill out the contact form at https://dangerouslyawkward.com/

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Kenan J. Floyd takes the opportunity to come back on our channel to talk about his latest accomplishments. He is finally fulfilling many of his life long dreams that were, of course, put on hold during his time living up to the expectations of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.

He has established five companies and has several opportunities to offer those with skills in film, animation, audio/video, cartooning, etc. Kenan understands what its like growing up as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and how many others have been held back from pursuing their dreams and goals and turning them into a reality.

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Nov 11, 2021
Interview: Keana Mitchell - Are Seventh Day Adventists Similar to Jehovah’s Witnesses?
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In this episode, Lady Cee speaks with Keana, an ex-7th Day Adventist. Keana talks about what it was like growing up in her faith, how she felt about most of their teachings, and why she finally decided to walk away from everything.

She founded the Finding God Podcast where she features new guests each week about their journey out of organized religion.

https://open.spotify.com/show/022Zht5DjU1i3k7BAeHaTW?si=0f7cca23321e499b

Keana is the host of a podcast called Finding God.

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Oct 29, 2021
Interview: Dave Wicklin Love Bombed by Jehovah’s Witnesses
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There are many people that come into contact with Jehovah's Witnesses at the lowest point in their lives. David is no different. During the time he lost his mother, they were right there selling paradise. He learned all about the resurrection hope, welcoming dead loved ones, living on paradise earth, and all the fun he'd have playing with the tigers, lions, and bears and enjoying the prospects of living forever. The only catch? He had to join their religion.

He was quickly love-bombed by the Witnesses at his mother's funeral and David fell for their fake love - hook-line-and-sinker like so many unsuspecting individuals.

At the time David came into contact with the Witnesses, he was still young and impressionable. He was still trying to figure things out, not really sure about what he wanted to do with his life. He was taking classes at the community college and working at the local convenient store. 

However,  after getting further involved with the group, he was discouraged from pursuing higher education. He quickly got with their program and began following their rules. He had no idea that this religion was not just same mainstream organization that attended meetings on Sunday. Nope, it was much more than that.

for the next 20+ years, David found himself on a mental marry-go-ground jumping through all of the Watchtower's hoops. 

Oct 24, 2021
Discussion: The Top 3 Ways Jehovah’s Witnesses Become the Governing Body’s Science Project
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Pavlov’s Dogs – Classical Conditioning https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd7Jd… Pavlov started out studying dog digestion and discovered classical conditioning. He didn’t initially set out to condition the dog to respond to the bell ringing to believe he will be fed. Classical conditioning is a mental manipulation to reprogram natural body functions. It is a way of learning where […]

Oct 20, 2021
Carrie Bee, My Jehovah’s Witness Shunning Experience
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In this episode, our guest Carrie Bee, the author of Paradise Bound https://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Bound-Carrie-Bee/dp/1628387254), shares her experience on the effects of shunning for the better part of her life by her parents. Despite being their only child, they are more devoted enforcing Watchtower policies than having a relationship with their daughter. They have also chosen not […]
Oct 05, 2021
The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses Plays Mind Games with Children
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In this episode, we will discuss the issues with how Jehovah’s Witnesses indoctrinate their children to believe that the Watchtower teachings are from Jehovah and they are the only true religion. Despite many children choosing not to get baptized, their lives are extremely impacted by their upbringing. Unfortunately, we never get to hear the experiences […]
Oct 01, 2021
Discussion: Jehovah’s Witness Elders are Cautioned to Keep Their Mouth Shut!
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AnnouncementSeptember 27, 2021 FOR ELDERS COVID-19 Vaccinations and Respect for Superior Authorities: Out of concern andlove, we are sharing the following important information. (1 Cor. 12:25) As a result of theongoing pandemic, secular authorities in an increasing number of lands are mandating orstrongly encouraging that their citizens be vaccinated for COVID-19. The recent GoverningBody updates […]

Sep 30, 2021
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Bethel Experiences, a Peek Behind the Curtain
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Sep 25, 2021
Live Stream: Jehovah’s Witnesses & Shunning: A Loving Arrangement?
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In this podcast, we discuss shunning and the effects it has on Jehovah’s Witness families. This podcast was streamed live. Our friend Jay took time to join us in this discussion and shares his experience being shunned by his four children. 

Sep 20, 2021
Interview: John Dehlin – Mormon Stories Podcast
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Guest John Dehlin, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormon Church? What is the difference? When you think about their history, both religions came into existence during the same era. Each religious leader predicted the end of the world. They misled individuals to believe in their fairy tales of an afterlife. They even convinced them that they […]

Sep 18, 2021
Discussion: 9/11 and the Watchtower Twenty Years Later
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#exjw #exjwcriticalthinker #jehovahswitness #endofworld Remembering Watchtower Twenty Years Later. It was 20 short (or long) years ago, that the United States experienced a tragedy. Everyone we knew was telling us to get back to the Kingdom Hall because “it done started” Yes, they said, the end of the world is near and anyone that wants […]

Sep 18, 2021
Discussion: Is the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses Losing Their Grip on its Members?
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This podcast critiques the talk presented by Governing Body member David Splane from the 2021 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It helps individuals to use critical thinking when listening to the comments on how the Jehovah’s Witness leadership tries to convince its members to treat information they receive from former members or the media. Throughout […]

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Aug 30, 2021
Interview: Keith I Learned the Truth About Jehovah’s Witnesses Surfing Facebook
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In this video podcast, Keith tells his story about how he stumbled on the truth about Jehovah’s Witnesses on Facebook. Doing a simple Google search about a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Melody lead him to the EX-Jehovah’s Witness Critical Thinker Facebook Page. He reached out to express his gratitude and the rest is history. The following […]

Aug 23, 2021
Interview: Waking Up To Watchtower Lies: Story of a Dedicated Pioneer
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In this interview with Goatlike Personality, JT learns a different perspective on racism in European countries and it has nothing to do with the color of your skin. During the discussion, Goatlike talks about why he could have been a PIMO for life, if the brothers would have only helped his wife to appreciate that […]

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Aug 14, 2021
Interview: Misty & Craig - Why My Husband Turned Me In To The Elders
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In this video podcast, JT & Lady Cee talk with Craig & Misty about how the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society divides families. They discuss the fall out on what happens when Misty chooses to join the group and the affect it has on her relationship with her husband. They also discuss how it affects […]

Aug 08, 2021
Interview: Chef Nellie - Why I Never Fit in at the Kingdom Hall
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In this podcast, Chef Nelly speaks about her life growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the difficulty she had fitting in to the congregation. Being home schooled, beginning with the fourth grade meant being isolated from her peers in a public school setting. Also, being that there were not many kids her age […]

Jul 25, 2021
Interview: Eric Wilson How I Woke Up from the Jehovah's Witness Faith after serving for 40 Years as an Elder
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To learn more about Eric Wilson, visit his channel using the link below:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1l1Ac6tb16thxKa96Gm7XA

All of the links associated with the Spanish Victims of Jehovah’s Witnesses can be found in the links of the following video by Eric Wilson.
Is the Organization of Jehovah's Witnesses actually suing people for feeling victimized?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT5pdtV9A14

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Jul 16, 2021
Interview: Nash & Lisa: How the Jehovah’s Witnesses Destroyed My Family
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In this podcast, Nash relates his personal story about growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The tragic loss of losing a brother to a traffic accident and his father’s near-fatal accident is what brought him to the decision to dedicate his life in baptism to the Watchtower organization. Nash’s world came crumbling down after […]

Jul 06, 2021
Discussion: Jehovah’s Witnesses - Why No One is Getting Baptized
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During the 2020 annual meeting of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society, David Splane, Governing Body member, clearly explained that the low baptism amongst the Jehovah’s Witness ranks are quite concerning. It is something that has been trending for many years. To increase the baptism numbers the release of a new publication titled “Enjoy Living […]

Jun 09, 2021
Interview with EXJW Fifth
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Jun 09, 2021
Interview with couple that never grieved their children because of Watchtower
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Jun 09, 2021
Interview: Rashauna - Discovering My Identity After Leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses
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#exjw #JehovahWitness #exjwcriticalthinker #exjwinterviews

In this podcast, Rashauna discusses her life in the Jehovah's Witness religion about regaining her identity after leaving the group.

Rashauna discusses how she was able to regain her identity after leaving the Watchtower. She no longer has to agree with everything someone says or be on the same page with them in terms of acting out to remain part of a group.

She discusses how therapy has helped her to regain her identity after finding out what she wants to do and discover who she is and what she wants out of life.

To learn more about how Rashuna woke up and left the Jehovah's Witness religion, here's a link to the interview with her husband: https://youtu.be/on42UtqJZEs.

May 07, 2021
Interview: Life After Watchtower Three Years Later
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Lonnie.G a Vegan Chef, Content Creator, Investor, Business Owner, Poet here’s my socials.

Lonnie's previous interview from 2018 - https://youtu.be/deIwpc8Geko

Lonnie Gillard appeared on our show three years ago telling his story about waking up and leaving the Jehovah’s Witness religion. He was still living at home with his parents. As a result, his parents no longer allowed him to remain living in their home. He survived by finding online resources and was able to land a place to live at an Airbnb.

Fortunately, Lonnie was able to find support from his non-Jehovah’s Witness family. While most do not live locally, they still took time to provide him with mental and moral support. He expresses how he is most grateful for them calling him to do telephone check ins, something is not receiving from his parents. 

Fortunately, Lonnie did not have any extreme circumstances, nor did he ever find himself on the street. He always had a place to lay his head at night. He credits his father for his ability to survive because as he states, “my father said my job is to make sure that you and your siblings are able to stand on your own two feet”. Now that he’s out in the world, he appreciates his home training.

Looking back, he said, he thought he was the crazy one because he is the only one saying this religion is a cult. But, after learning the truth about the religion, he realizes that he is not alone especially after meeting other former Jehovah’s Witnesses.

According to Lonnie, life goes on and he’s okay with the notion that the people in his past, including his family no longer want to have anything to do with him. Because he believes that he needs to move on to the next chapter in his life. As he loses all the weight that has been on his shoulders, he can sleep good at night because he knows he’s doing the best that he can do.

Apr 30, 2021
Interview: Ashli Campbell - Struggles of Jehovah’s Witness Women – in Relationships
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Link to Ashli's YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBlM3DJOyNt3FLT4rN1VHkQ

In this podcast, Lady Cee chats with Ashli Campbell about her experience growing up as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Ashil talks about what life was like having a father that was not interested in participating in Watchtower activities, but made sure she got involved. It's amazing how he is not willing to make these major sacrifices but has no problems pushing this heavy responsibility on his minor child.

The sheer frustration of getting baptized at the age of 12 has Ashli up in arms about being a good Jehovah's Witness. She has to live up to the responsibility and living the non-stop lifestyle of a JW begins taking its toll on her. She's looking for a means to escape and in the process makes some weighty decisions that are even more detrimental than remaining home and riding it out until she's old enough to move out and get her own place.

Ashli drops out of high school in the 10th grade and begins working full time. She looks at this approach as a means to accelerating the process of moving out because it will allow her to save enough money to be on her own. Not long afterwards, Ashli meets a brother through mutual friends and after dating for six months, they get married. At age 18, she's not sure whether or not her situation is better or worse because the only thing she's done is swapped being home with parents that are ensuring she attends weekly meetings at the Kingdom Hall, to a husband that is virtually doing the same thing.

As the interview progresses, Lady Cee and Ashli speak in-depth about Jehovah's Witness women and their struggles as second class citizens and the difficulty of being free to express oneself in the religion. It's a topic that is not explored enough in this culture because as they both express the importance of having a voice in relationships where both partners should equally strive to please one another instead of one serving the other's needs. 

Apr 23, 2021
Discussion: Jehovah's Witnesses: Should I Tell My Family The Truth About JW.ORG
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      We receive emails from people worldwide asking us if they should tell their family and friends the truth about the Jehovah's Witness religion. After waking up to startling facts about the organization, they, like many Jehovah's Witnesses, are shocked about their findings.
     Many times, people forget about what it was like being one of Jehovah's Witnesses and how they will respond to anything we say negative about the Watchtower Society. Some have gone out on a limb and shared the information they learned online and have experienced a complete shutdown, and were swiftly cut off from their family and friends. They have not counted the cost of their relationship before speaking up and speaking out.
     As minor children still living at home, you must realize that you need financial support from your parents and guardians. Others may be working for a brother or sister in the congregation and need your job to pay your bills. What if you rent a room or an apartment and now have to think about other living accommodations? Your security and well-being are more important than imparting knowledge. Be sure to take care of your well-being before speaking out against the religion.
     Think about the consequences of your actions before divulging too much information about this religion to family and friends. Put the oxygen mask on your face before attempting to help others. You need to ensure you have reached a safe place, and then you can reach back to extend yourself to others.

Apr 18, 2021
Jehovah’s Witnesses Break Up Families
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Apr 05, 2021
Jehovah's Witnesses: Stop Playing Games! Why Can’t I Get Reinstated?
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Jehovah's Witnesses stake the claim that they carry out the same practices in their worship all over the world. But, one of the most inconsistent practices in their faith is the one that pertains to the judicial process and disfellowshipping. 

If you are disfellowshipped and cannot understand why it is taking so long to get reinstated after making multiple requests, chances are there is someone on your judicial case that has a personal agenda against your best interests. There is no consistency on how reinstatement is carried out. It is up to the three individuals that are serving on your committee that determines your fate.

It leaves people to ask the question, what am I doing wrong or what am I failing to do? When in fact, the elders may believe that you are not repentant enough. In fact, if you had a different set of elders handling your case, your outcome may have turned out in your favor. 

This podcast explores some of the unspoken and untold reasons why some people actually languish in a disfellowshipped state not realizing why they are unable to get reinstated. It also discusses how people are treated after they are reinstated. Instead of being immersed in love for returning back to God, they are treated with suspicion that results in unnecessary challenges. 

Mar 30, 2021
Belgian Court Fines Jehovah’s Witnesses for Shunning Former Members
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have a policy for shunning former members? The Watchtower lawyers present arguments to the Belgian court system that it is an individual choice whether to shun family. However, this podcast provides excellent proof from their own written publications that they have a system of teaching their adherents to shun former members. In fact, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has a long history of influencing its members to comply with their teachings even at the cost of dividing families and long-time friendships.

https://foref-europe.org/blog/2021/03/19/belgium-the-decision-of-the-court-of-ghent-against-jehovahs-witnesses/

The following links pertain to written comments by Dr. Introvigne, a defender of JW's who disagrees with the Belgium court:

PART ONE
https://bitterwinter.org/jehovahs-witnesses-fined-in-ghent-for-their-ostracism-a-wrong-decision/

PART TWO
https://bitterwinter.org/the-ghent-jehovahs-witnesses-decision-dangers-for-religious-liberty/

PART THREE
https://bitterwinter.org/the-ghent-jehovahs-witness-decision-dangerous-for-all-religions/

The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Case
On 16 February, a trial started against the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (CCJW) at the criminal court of Ghent (East Flanders) on the alleged grounds of discrimination and incitement to hatred with a particular focus on their shunning (ostracization) practice in cases of disfellowshipping (exclusion) and disassociation (voluntary resignation).

A former Jehovah’s Witness who had voluntarily left the movement in 2011, filed a criminal complaint against the CCJW in 2015, and managed to have it supported by over a dozen more former Jehovah’s Witnesses.

According to the internal religious practice of Jehovah’s Witnesses, when the elders of a local congregation exclude a member or are notified about a voluntary resignation, they make a short neutral public announcement which states: “[Name of person] is no longer one of Jehovah’s Witnesses”. The CCJW is not involved in the making of that neutral announcement but is notified about the decision.

In their conclusions provided to the Court before the trial, they said that they do not segregate excluded or resigning members as these can always attend their religious services. They also point out that baptized Jehovah’s Witnesses who no longer actively associate with fellow believers, are not shunned.

Clarifying the relations between Jehovah’s Witnesses and disfellowshipped or disassociated family members, they say: “In the immediate household, although the ‘religious ties’ the expelled or disassociated person had with his family change, … blood ties remain. The marriage relationship and normal family affections and dealings continue.” In other words, normal family affection and association continues.

In addition, the CCJW had provided the Court with nine statements of individuals who had been excluded and who had since been reinstated as Jehovah’s Witnesses. In their testimonies, they explained how they had been fairly treated by congregation elders, family, and others in the congregation when they were excluded.

The social distancing doctrine stated and practiced by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Belgium and all other countries was fixed by their Central College in the United States on the basis of their interpretation of the Bible.

The CCJW considers it is not legally responsible for the intra-familial relat

Mar 22, 2021
Discussion: Jehovah’s Witness Publications from Truth to Trash?
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How can you claim that your publications represent the truth and are divinely provided aids from God one day and then discard them as refuse and unworthy of being referenced tomorrow?

Jehovah’s Witnesses have made life altering decisions based on the information contained in these publications resulting in dire consequences. Some have been disfellowshipped and lost their families and good reputation. Sadly, others have actually lost their lives. Imagine how much hurt this causes after discovering years later that these teachings no longer exist and the publications used to support Watchtower beliefs are being tossed out like yesterday’s trash!

Instead of presenting their information as nothing more than their own opinion, they are signing God’s name as if he’s speaking directly to them.

Link to Letter

https://exjehovahswitnessct.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/2012-2020-publications-approved-for-discard.pdf

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Mar 16, 2021
Jehovah’s Witnesses Join the Australian Royal Commission Redress Scheme
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Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society required to appear before the Australian Commission to explain their policies and procedures for addressing cases of victims within their institution. At the end of the hearing, the Australian government determined that the best way to address this issue, was to set up a redress scheme.

The redress scheme provides the individual with the ability to seek emotional counseling and to collect financial damages for their pain and suffering. Also, another key component is that the institutions are required to acknowledge their lack of responsibility to protect individuals by mishandling their cases.

Despite having more than one thousand cases on record, the Watchtower agreed that they never reported any of these cases to the legal authorities. However, they stated that according to their policy it is the responsibility of the individual to report such incidents to the authorities. As a result, members in the community were at risk based on the Watchtower not taking a stand or exhibiting a key role to keep others safe.

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/03/03/jehovahs-witnesses-redress-scheme/

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Mar 08, 2021
Jehovah’s Witnesses & Disfellowshipping – A Weapon for Control?
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In this video, we discuss how the Watchtower responded to a question from readers back in 1958 about one of the anointed voluntarily accepting a blood transfusion and whether or not they would be able to partake of the emblems during the Memorial. However, it’s the response to the question that is eye opening for […]Support the show
Feb 21, 2021
Unbaptized Publisher Leaves Jehovah’s Witness Faith to Pursue his PhD
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In this podcast, JT & Lady Cee interviews an Unbaptized Publisher that realized at an early age that being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses was not in his DNA. He speaks about having to tow the Watchtower line having a father that was an elder. But, how things took a turn for the better once his […]Support the show
Feb 10, 2021
Interview with Comedian Kenan J. Floyd – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness
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In this podcast, JT & Lady Cee speak with Kenan J. Floyd about his experience as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Kenan Jerome Floyd is a writer/producer/comedian based in Los Angeles, CA. He hosts a podcast called “Dangerously Awkward”, where he talks about trying to make it in the entertainment industry while dealing with his hang […]Support the show
Jan 21, 2021
Discussion: Feedback from Viewers – Ten Hour Requirement – You Lied!
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In this video presentation, we discuss feedback from one of our viewers from a previous video, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Riding the Waves on a Sinking Ship. It addresses the issue about counting time and the ten-hour quota. Most individuals may not realize that several decades ago, Jehovah’s Witnesses were required to turn in ten hours each […]

Jan 10, 2021
Discussion: New Light, Burning Out of Control, or Flickering to Survive
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New Light, Burning out of control, or flickering to survive? The Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has used the “New Light” theory to explain all of their failed teachings. They use this ideology as a means to change their teachings. By doing so, they expect Jehovah’s Witnesses to sit back and accept their mistakes. Since […]

Jan 03, 2021
Discussion: Jehovah's Witnesses Riding the Waves on a Sinking Ship
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Numbers don’t lie, but you can lie with numbers, and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has done their share of number crunching over the years. With their “do-more, do-more campaigns,” they kept Jehovah’s Witnesses busy. They heaped a lot of responsibility on their members, and they jumped through a lot of hoops to satisfy […]

Dec 13, 2020
Watchtower Can Run…But, Can they Hide from Legal Liability?
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In the early 2000’s, the Watchtower formed seven new corporations. This included removing the Governing Body from serving as corporate officers or directors in any of these new corporations. In fact, all Governing Body members are stepping aside from their positions and distancing themselves from all the Watchtower corporate entities such as President, Vice President, […]
Dec 02, 2020
Jehovah’s Witness Letter Writing Campaign – Security Risk?
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The global letter-writing campaign organized by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society, Inc., is risky. Because asking Jehovah's Witnesses to share personally identifiable information with strangers is quite dangerous. In the world of technology, a quick Google search can have an individual at your doorstep in no time. Therefore, Jehovah's Witnesses should be mindful of using their personal information when sending out letters or other Watchtower correspondence. 

The Watchtower gives explicit instructions to their members on how to disseminate information. They do not want the general public to insinuate that the material is coming directly from Watchtower headquarters. As a result, the individual Jehovah's Witness assumes all of the blame. Thus, putting their families in danger if individuals are not receptive to their message. All the while, the leadership sits behind a gated compound with full protection from all outsiders.

Nov 24, 2020
The Top 3 Ways the Governing Body Misleads Jehovah’s Witnesses
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In this video, we encourage you to meditate and think critically about what you have been convinced to believe as Jehovah’s Witnesses. When you think about it, did God really choose Anthony Morris, Stephen Lett and their colleagues as his earthly channel? Should they be responsible for making decisions on your behalf as to whether […]
Oct 26, 2020
Viewer Feedback – 45 Years of Watchtower Obedience: Topic – Jesus is Not Your Mediator
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Oct 17, 2020
The Awakening of a Jehovah’s Witness
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Oct 09, 2020
Discussion: The Faithful & Discreet Frauds
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This podcast takes a look at perhaps two of the most crucial teachings that we found during our journey out of the Jehovah’s Witness religion. It pertains to the validity of the faithful and discreet slave and the concept of new light.

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Sep 23, 2020
Discussion: Jehovah’s Witnesses and The Consequences of Membership
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Sep 18, 2020
Jehovah’s Witness Leadership: Arrogant or Ignorant?
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For 140 years, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has been publishing tons of literature shedding life on world events based on their own interpretation of scripture. When things don’t turn out as they have predicted, they quickly holler “new light” and move on without thinking about the consequences of their actions and how their […]
Sep 10, 2020
Discussion: JW.ORG – Freedom to vote?
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Every Jehovah’s Witness does not have to ask if voting is an option because they have been trained about their role in paying homage to world governments and politics. Even children are discouraged from getting involved in student council elections during school. However, when you do your research on JW.org, most individuals will discover that […]

Aug 31, 2020
Discussion: Lawsuits, Lies & You!
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In this podcast, JT and Daniel team up to explain the concept of Theocratic Warfare. It is a technique that Jehovah’s Witnesses use when dealing with world leaders and governments around the world. Jehovah’s Witnesses are indoctrinated to believe that they are in theocratic warfare against the world. That Watchtower encourages them to adopt strategies […]

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Aug 23, 2020
Jehovah’s Witnesses & Convention Truths
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If Jehovah’s Witnesses were allowed to have group discussions about how they really feel about conventions, what would they talk about? If they could express their true feelings about what they are not receiving or someone is able to bring up points of interest that make others think about the information they are receiving from […]Support the show
Aug 08, 2020
Our Experience at Jehovah’s Witness Conventions
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In this video, JT & Lady Cee discuss their past history attending Jehovah’s Witness conventions. They discuss their experience working in the chairmans office and how different it is from sitting with the general population at the convention. Lady Cee calls JT out on certain elder practices during the time they went to different congregations […]
Jul 27, 2020
Interview with Linda + 5 Tips to Keep Kids Safe from Predators
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Jun 24, 2020
Millennials Making Wise Choices
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Thomas grew up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses – walking the walk, talking the talk, and making all of his decisions based on the Watchtower script. He comes from a prominent Jehovah’s Witness family spanning three generations. Prior to his birth, his mom began charting her own course of independence choosing to enroll in college […]
Jun 16, 2020
Jehovah’s Witnesses, Social Distancing & Zoom
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  Throughout the years, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has never disappointed Jehovah’s Witnesses in applying pressure to perform in the door-to-door preaching. Do more is their admonition if you want to gain everlasting life. Do more, without letup, making known God’s name and preaching the good news of the kingdom under any type […]
May 28, 2020
I Faded, Waiting on Jehovah!
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In this podcast, Linda discusses her awakening to the realization that she spent her entire life waiting on false expectations as promised by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. She explains how she knew that something was wrong for many years. However, when bad things were taking place at her congregation, the local Kingdom Hall […]
May 22, 2020
Should I go back to the Kingdom Hall?
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If you are a former Jehovah’s Witness trying to make sense of what is happening in the world, you may have that nagging question in the back of your mind, “Should I go back to the Kingdom Hall?” Namely, because you were taught that this is the only place you can gain salvation. The Watchtower […]
May 19, 2020
Everything You Need to Know about Jehovah’s Witnesses & Relationships
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  Stephen’s Story: In this podcast, Stephen provides an insiders view on what it’s like being married to a Jehovah’s Witness. He not only became well versed in the religion, but can provide an in-depth review on what you can expect. While every relationship may not be the same, there are a lot of similarities […]
May 08, 2020
Life at Bethel – Where did that Article Come From?
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As we continue in our series of Life at Bethel with JT, in this video, he discusses why certain Watchtower and Awake articles were written into the Jehovah’s Witness narratives. 1) Debased Music 2) Practical Jokes 3) The Snake Did Not Talk to Eve in the Garden      Support the show
Apr 26, 2020
Millennials Speak Truth: Why Are so Many Leaving the Jehovah’s Witness Faith?
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If you’ve ever left the Watchtower organization and thought you were all alone. You’ll discover these three guys story one of triumph. Not only did they reunite and rekindle their friendships, but they have a lot of good advice to share that can help anyone leaving, to pick up the pieces and have a different […]
Apr 14, 2020
Discussion: Jehovah’s Witnesses - Why My Family Won’t Leave?
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In this podcast, the comparison is made to how difficult it may be for an elderly couple to move out of a bad neighborhood much like a Jehovah’s Witness that invests many years in the Watchtower organization. They, too, may experience similar issues. A lot of Jehovah’s Witnesses realize that there is something wrong with […]

Mar 17, 2020
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Corona Virus, Sign of the Times?
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The Corona Virus is in its infancy and at this point, no one knows its boundaries or how high the death toll will rise. However, we do know that it is a major global health concern. Like with prior diseases, a vaccine is sure to come by means of medical science. Unfortunately, certain groups use […]Support the show
Mar 17, 2020
Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dating, Marriage & Unbelievers
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We receive a lot of correspondence asking us for assistance on how to handle situations where someone’s loved one is dating a Jehovah’s Witness, an individual is married to a JW and wants to return to the religion, the scenarios are endless. This podcast is one of many where we will be talking about Jehovah’s […]
Feb 23, 2020
Feedback From Viewers – Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Free Home Bible Study. How much did it really cost?
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We have been reading your comments and we appreciate your thoughts. This is the first segment of many where we will begin sharing your collective feedback about the topics we share online. Everyone comes from a variety of backgrounds, countries, ethnicities, etc. but we all share one common denominator and that is, we all received […]Support the show
Feb 16, 2020
Discussion: Jehovah’s Witnesses and Loaded Language
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If you are not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you may not realize that if you don’t know the right type of questions to ask when seeking knowledge, they may trick you into believing something far different from what they actually believe. In this video, JT, Lady Cee and Daniel, break it down, helping you to […]

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Feb 11, 2020
Discussion: Oxygen Documentary: The Witnesses
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Feb 10, 2020
Jehovah's Witnesses: Life at Bethel – Privacy Rights
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JT shares experiences about his life at Bethel and how the Watchtower's legal department opened their mail. Mainly, they looked for certain type of mail that bethelites received from the county pertaining to jury duty. As a faithful member of the organization, I never stopped to think that they were actually violating my rights as a citizen. In fact, in certain countries and the United States where I reside, it is illegal to open another person's mail.

It's amazing how we placed a lot of trust in the organization, not realizing that many times they violate our rights.


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Jan 25, 2020
Jehovah’s Witnesses: How I Woke Up…I listened to my inner voice
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It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to tell you that trusting your gut instinct is what keeps many people alive with the ability to steer free from harm. Despite what people tell you, there is nothing like listening to your inner voice. You know, the voice that tells you that something doesn’t feel right or […]
Jan 22, 2020
After Leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses: Continue in your Healing Process
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Jan 01, 2020
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Risking Life for God or Watchtower?
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Sadly, for the past 140 years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been walking the earth preaching that the end of the world is near. In fact, throughout the lifespan of past presidents of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society, they have published countless books, magazines, and leaflets and instilling in the minds of their members that this […]Support the show
Nov 09, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Couples School
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Did you know that the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society holds special schools for couples? In this video, we warmly welcome Paul to share his story about what it was like to attend the Watchtower Couples School. Paul is a former elder and Bethelite and has served at several Watchtower branches.


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Nov 03, 2019
Bethelites – Cream of the Crop?
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In this podcast, JT & Paul reminisce about what it was like being at Bethel and their Jehovah’s Witness wakeup call about Bethel not being anything special. In fact, being at Bethel allowed them to a lot of things about the organization that the average Jehovah’s Witness will never see. During their Bethel entrance school, […]
Oct 26, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Regular Pioneering and Pioneer School
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Did you know that Jehovah’s Witnesses have an exclusive group within their membership known as regular pioneers? This man-made title is not found in the scriptures, yet they are elevated within the group as being more spiritually minded than those members that choose not to serve in this capacity. In this podcast, JT, Lady Cee […]
Oct 24, 2019
Life at Bethel – Family Night – Episode 7
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Family Night When I was at Bethel, each year the Bethel Family featured a program called “Family Night”. Family Night was a variety entertainment show where the Bethelites had the opportunity to showcase their talent. It ranged anywhere from interviews with individuals discussing their Bethel career, regular pioneer service and those in the traveling work […]
Oct 14, 2019
The Origin of the Super Friends
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This video helps you to appreciate that time flies by fast when you’re having fun. Help us celebrate two years of friendship with Daniel. Also, take a look at a few unpublished clips we thought you’d find enjoyable. Yes, Critical Thinkers have fun too!!! ★ VISIT OUR WEBSITE http://www.exjwcriticalthinker.com ★SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL http://bit.ly/2p9RTSC […]
Oct 04, 2019
Interview: Jonathan’s Story: Married to a Jehovah’s Witness
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This is the personal experience of Jonathan, an unbeliever that meets the love of his life…that turns out to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He talks about how he balances his family life and helps his children to use critical thinking when it comes to making decisions about competitive sports and getting an education to […]

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Sep 14, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses – Misleading the Courts
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In this podcast, JT & Paul (two former elders & Bethelites) unite in their discussion about the Jehovah’s Witness leadership, the Governing Body and how they will do anything to maintain their reputation. They bend the law every which way they can even using semantics (word games) and evading questions by making false statements to […]
Sep 09, 2019
Shocking Stories! As told by a Former Bethelite Elder
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In this podcast, Paul, a former elder & Bethelite from Toronto, Canada shares his experiences about what it was like serving at three Watchtower branches (Toronto, Haiti & the Dominican Republic). He recounts several heartbreaking stories geared to help you to use critical thinking after making simple comparisons about the love and concern Jesus Christ […]
Sep 04, 2019
Jehovah’s Witness Lawsuits – You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide
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In this podcast, JT discusses the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the latest lawsuits – yes, their day of reckoning has come – the lawsuits are flooding in. They can create all the corporations they want, but the Governing body will be held accountable for their actions and the law cometh for them. They are no better […]
Aug 31, 2019
Jehovah's Witnesses and The Two Witness Rule – Lynn’s Story
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In this episode, Lynn Ragusa shares her personal experience about how she was affected by the two witness rule.

International Rape Crisis Hotlines - http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip/internl.html

Barbara Anderson - Watchtower Documents, discusses the Two Witness Rule
https://youtu.be/Q9dCHqEMObo

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses recount years of sex abuse ahead of landmark case (article from NY Post – August 12, 2019)) https://nypost.com/2019/08/12/former-jehovahs-witnesses-recount-years-of-sex-abuse-ahead-of-landmark-case/

The child victim’s act (article from NY Post – February 14, 2019) https://nypost.com/2019/02/14/cuomo-signs-law-allowing-child-sex-abuse-victims-to-sue-as-adults/

Mark Albert, Chief National Investigative Correspondent
Silent No More: The Survivors (video – part one) https://www.kcra.com/article/silent-no-more-part-1-the-survivors/28659357

Silent No More: The Survivors (video – part two) TV: https://www.kcra.com/article/silent-no-more-part-2-the-verdicts/28660625

Legal floodgates to open Wednesday as child sexual abuse victims, many after decades, get long-awaited day in court (article from the NY Daily News dated August 11, 2019) http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-child-victims-act-lawsuits-20190811-gvqqq4wfqzdyhbkowenk6gao7q-story.html

Zalkin's press conference (Facebook video) https://www.facebook.com/FOX5Vegas/videos/2401724586765655/

Aug 18, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Vow of Poverty (Former Bethelite Tells His Story)
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Former Jehovah's Witness elder/bethelite is discussing his own personal experience about what he knows about the practices and policies of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.

This video discusses the vow of poverty and how it affects those in full-time service and the impact it has for many individuals that live in areas and what happens when they do not pay into social security.

Is there anything wrong with taking a vow of poverty? No! However, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society is guilty of hypocrisy for condemning other religious denominations for instituting such an arrangement. Why? Because when they discovered they could take certain tax breaks for doing the same thing, they decided to set up their own vow of poverty system - Worldwide Order of Special Full-Time Servants of Jehovah's Witnesses

Unfortunately, such vows did not benefit the Bethelites and other individuals in full-time service. In fact, when it was convenient, the Watchtower dismissed thousands of Bethelites from their assignments. Many of them were released after serving upwards of 30+ years at Bethel.

One couple was so excited about being accepted to Bethel and after selling their home, donated the money from the sale of their home to the Watchtower Society. Sadly, they were part of the massive layoff of 1,000+ Bethelites.

References

October 1, 1973 Watchtower 

Aug 04, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Stop Begging for my Assets!
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Former Jehovah's Witness elder/bethelite is discussing his own personal experience about what he knows about the practices and policies of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.

It's all about the money. The Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society is at it again. This time they are interested in your travel reward points.

While there is nothing wrong with donating your points, the Watchtower Society is being hypocritical because they have long condemned other organizations for doing the same thing.

First, they were coming at the children trying to get them to give up their ice cream money and now they are begging for your travel reward points.

In this podcast, JT & Lady Cee presents a skit on what could happen in many Jehovah's Witness households once the idea of donating travel rewards becomes popular within the community.

JW Video: https://tv.jw.org/#en/mediaitems/LatestVideos/pub-mwbv_201907_4_VIDEO

Jul 08, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Three Signs that Exhibit they are Collective Narcissists
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Former Jehovah's Witness elder/bethelite is discussing his own personal experience about what he knows about the practices and policies of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.

In this video, JT & Lady Cee join their voices with Arc Ripley of Arglue to Collaborate on the topic of Jehovah's Witnesses and Collective Narcissism.

We discuss the top three things that identify the Jehovah's Witnesses as collective narcissists:

1) Persecution Complex
2) Belief that they are the only true religion
3) They believe they are the center of attention

Arc is a fellow YouTuber from a different community that focuses a lot of videos on the topic of Narcissism. He is not affiliated with Jehovah's Witnesses thus offers an outsiders perspective on the traits of Narcissistic traits.

Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one's idealised self image and attributes. The term originated from Greek mythology, where the young Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water.

Collective narcissism (or group narcissism) extends the concept of individual narcissism onto the social level of self. It is a tendency to exaggerate the positive image and importance of a group the individual belongs to – i.e. the ingroup.

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Jun 25, 2019
JT Life at Bethel Part 5 - G-Jobbing at Bethel
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Former Jehovah's Witness elder/bethelite is discussing his own personal experience about what he knows about the practices and policies of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.

In the fifth installment of life at Bethel with JT, he talks about G-Jobbing and how everyone at Bethel was not broke. A lot of the brothers that work in the trades had the opportunity to make money on the side by doing construction jobs at Kingdom Hall's and the homes of the local friends in the congregation (roofing, laying tile, dry wall, installing carpet, etc.). Others had the opportunity to work as wedding photographers and waiter's at weddings. And for those individuals that had a skill in cutting hair, they were able to earn a few extra bucks working as a barber to those brothers needing a haircut much sooner than the three weeks allowed at Bethel. 

For those brothers that had a skill in computer programming, they took their talent to Wall Street and held jobs over there after hours. The opportunities were endless.

Of course, all good things must come to an end! And so it did when the issue of tax reporting became a serious issue when Bethelites started receiving 1099's and were reportedly not filing the extra cash earned on their taxes. Yikes!

Jun 21, 2019
JT and Public Talks – Life at Bethel Part 4 (Jehovah’s Witnesses)
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This video is a continuation of JT’s life at Bethel. He discusses Public Talks and his role as the speaker coordinator in his congregation. The presiding overseer in his congregation specifically asked him not to coordinate speakers from other Kingdom Hall’s using what he termed a whole sale bargain where if they had 11 speakers, […]
Jun 12, 2019
JT and the Congregation – Life at Bethel
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This podcast goes into more details about my Bethel experience by discussing what it was like meeting the friends in my congregation. I discuss: Congregation assignments Meeting the friends Surviving Bethel and receiving assistance from the older friends Learning and understanding the culture at Bethel for compensating those providing transportation Determining whether to bring car […]Support the show
Jun 12, 2019
JT’s First Day at Bethel – the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society Headquarters
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  This podcast goes into more details about my Bethel experience by discussing what it was like on my first day. I discuss: Advice from the elders prior to leaving Reporting to the Bethel Office Hanging out with fellow Bethelites The importance of having a mentor The impact of having the right social circles can […]
May 28, 2019
JT Goes to Bethel – Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society Headquarters
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This podcast is the beginning of a series where JT chronicles his life at Bethel. He provides an in-depth account about the good, bad and ugly pertaining to Bethel’s culture, rules, institutional living, and the impact it has on the lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world. In this podcast, he discusses those that influenced […]
May 28, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses: No More Seats in Heaven? Was 144,000 Literal or was Charles Taze Russell a Fraud?
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In this video, we will critically examine the teaching of Jehovah’s Witnesses that only 144,000 people will go to heaven. According to the Watchtower, there has only been the Heavenly Calling for anyone who became a Christian from the 1st century up till the 19thcentury. This would mean that Jesus Christ had less than 144,000 […]Support the show
Apr 29, 2019
Woe to the Pregnant Woman – Jehovah’s Witnesses and Children
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The Jehovah’s Witness faith has a long history in discouraging its members from having children. Why? Because they believe the end of the world is near and their time can be better spent in what they term “full-time ministry” which entails preaching and converting people to the Jehovah’s Witness religion. There are countless Watchtower publications […]
Apr 15, 2019
Anthony Morris – Sipping on the Sly – Jehovah’s Witnesses
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When one of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is spotted at a liquor store located some 23 miles from Bethel, an unknown person captures it all on footage. It’s amazing when you think about the amount of liquor he’s purchasing. Imagine if a local brother in the congregation was caught purchasing the same amount […]
Apr 08, 2019
Discussion: Jehovah’s Witnesses and the High Cost of Low Education
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Higher Education has been discouraged by Jehovah’s Witnesses from its very beginning in the 19th century.  Even before this group came to be officially  known as JW in 1931, their founder Charles Taze Russell was advocating that even finishing High School had little value and a waste of time. Despite living in the technological  21st […]

Apr 02, 2019
Discussion: Jehovah’s Witnesses - Free Bible Study? How Much Does It Really Cost?
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How many times has a Jehovah’s Witness gone door-to-door offering the Watchtower and Awake! Magazines and boldly proclaiming that they offer free home Bible studies. It’s way too many times to count. They often brag about not paying tithes to the organization and are quick to point the finger and judge parishioners belonging to other […]

Mar 25, 2019
Are Jehovah’s Witnesses – Blood Guilty? Part Two
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In this podcast, special correspondent, Mark Martin continues with JT and Daniel in their discussion on Blood Fractions and Blood Transfusions. Blood is living tissue. Its not digested and consumed by the body such as food and alcohol. You are transplanting living tissue. The Watchtower, as usual, uses a false analogy that is totally debunked […]
Mar 19, 2019
Jehovah’s Witness Women, Second Class Citizens?
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March is Women's History Month and this video is dedicated to all of the ladies in the JW and EXJW communities.

Women: Brilliant Minds, but why Second?

This podcast features a variety of women from around the world providing their own perspective on what it was like being a female in the Jehovah's Witness community. They share their thoughts on what it means to feel like a second-class citizen. They discuss everything from being asked to clean the men’s bathroom and being dismissed by the circuit overseer to being humiliated by the head covering requirement.

Some of the ladies stated that they didn’t even realize they were being treated like a second-class citizen until after they left and began realizing the lunacy of the teachings.

JT & Lady Cee engage in real talk by discussing their own personal issues with how women were treated in the organization. Looking back, JT agrees that the teachings were definitely insane.

Most women in the organization fall in line with the Watchtower’s teachings because they believe it is a commandment from God.  They become immune to the mistreatment and their mind adjusts thus allowing them to believe it's normal.

Featured guests include:

Constance Strickland – The Strickland Chronicles Family
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCzEElyVvRq-LDO3v84WzTQ

Susan Gaskin - https://www.youtube.com/user/sudsybubble

Melissa – Apt 215 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-mCmzmyfd8EiNhb8USMN5g

Carrie Bee, Author – Paradise Bound
https://www.youtube.com/user/um4real

Monique – Free Monique
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0LdEPaCS15JnXEcHDa3BXg

Sylviane Nuccio
Living Now
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiR1ENB-iT-nKUAppzkaMSw

Katja – Living the Second Chance
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSAcXq1WNzRbxdjfY2AYQSA

Mar 18, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses & International Inconsistencies – Double Standards
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Malawi Vs. Mexico Jehovah’s Witnesses are proud to tell others that they live by the same teachings all over the world. Yet, after leaving the religion and doing our research, we discovered that this is certainly not the case. We can recall hearing about the brothers and sisters in Malawi when the Watchtower, Bible & […]
Mar 10, 2019
The Role of the Circuit Overseer – Jehovah’s Witnesses
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According to JW.org, the circuit overseers were formerly known as Circuit Servants; Servants to the Brethren; Zone Servants; Regional Servants; Regional Service Directors; Pilgrims; Tower Tract Society Representatives. Yet, they used to have men in place known as district overseers, but they no longer exist within the organization. This title was done away with some […]
Mar 05, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Surviving The Three Stages of Transition When Leaving
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Feb 24, 2019
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Double Agents
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Former Jehovah's Witness elder/bethelite is discussing his own personal experience about what he knows about the practices and policies of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.

In this podcast, JT and Daniel discuss the Jehovah's Witnesses and double agents. They talk about how the JW goes to the Kingdom Hall and acts like the perfect Witness and then they will come on YouTube channels at night to discuss JW topics with former Jehovah's Witnesses. Some will try to defend the Watchtower and others will agree with what we say. Needless to say, neither are supposed to interacting with former Jehovah's Witnesses.

They also discuss the need for individuals to remain silent when they learn information about this not being the truth because their JW family and friends are on full alert whenever someone begins to speak against JW.org.

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Jan 05, 2019