Don’t Be a Jehovah’s Witness Poster Child

Don't Be (1)

All too many times individuals get fed up with the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society and they leave the organization. They may get into all kinds of trouble because they have finally gotten to the stage in life where they feel no one can tell them what to do. Instead of leaving and going to college to get an education or getting involved with civic organizations, they sink to an all time low, doing any and everything they believe they are big enough to do.

When the members in their congregation hear reports about these individuals they are either being sent off to jail, mixed up with drugs, unwanted pregnancies and are living life lower than a person that never professed a love for God.

The poster child becomes the example that the brothers at the Kingdom Hall parade in front of the congregation as an individual other youngsters will want to avoid following. It literally puts fear in the minds of those that hear the stories and they remain in the organization for many years not realizing that just because you leave the organization does not mean that you will get involved in bad behavior.

 

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Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Allowed to Ask Questions?

Are Jehovah's Witnesses

Many people have been told that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to ask questions. But, you know that is not true because there is a segment in the Watchtower titled Questions from Readers. This video goes into detail about how Jehovah’s Witnesses are treated after they ask the question but don’t want to accept the answer.

Jehovah’s Witness Pioneer Couple Leaves the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society

 

Watchtower Pioneer Couple Leaves the Organization

Jehovah’s Witness couple, Rashuna and Terrance wake up and learns the truth about the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. The husband finds out first and then slowly sends subtle hints to the wife but does nothing more than mention certain incidents like the Watchtower’s involvement with the United Nations or the Australian Royal Commission. The husband never pressures his wife, but waits long periods of time before pressing on to other issues. But, since the wife loves doing research, she simply goes to Google to do her own research based on the limited information her husband provides.

This couple is fun loving and very practical in their approach to surviving after leaving the organization. They use their wits from living a frugal life as Jehovah’s Witnesses to pursue higher education realizing that their pay off will come soon. They are teaching their young children to yearn for higher learning and even when one of their kids was not doing that well in school, since the parents left the organization and are talking about the benefits of learning, that child came home with a 3.5 grade point average.

Rashuna relates how they were faced with the blood issue and almost lost their daughter. If it were not for the quick thinking of the doctor, they would have lost their only daughter for a made up religious teaching. She and her husband Terrance went back to their doctors years later to thank him for his heroic effort to save their daughter by submitted a court order. She states that she cried profusely because she does not know what she would have done if she let her daughter die, all to find out years later that this is not the truth.

They are very excited to have learned the truth about the “truth” and are eager to share their story.

Why Were Jehovah’s Witnesses Looking forward to 1975?

Jehovah's Witness and 1975

The Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society & 1975

April 15, 1967 Watchtower – the Watchtower stated that we only have a few short years ahead of us

May 15, 1980 Watchtower

1989 Year Book PP 30-31

1968 Kingdom Ministry

May 15, 1969 Watchtower – Have you been studying for six months?

September 15, 1941 Watchtower – the watchtower stated there were only a few remaining months before Armageddon

Amos 3:7

Chart – 6,000 Years of Human History Ending in 1975 – https://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/1975.php

Newspaper Articles

Jehovah’s Fastest Religious Spread

Cassels, Louis

Chicago Defender (Big Weekend Edition) 1973-1975); Sep 15, 1973

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender

Pg. 25

Jehovah’s witnesses Again See End of World – by 1975

Dart, John

The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973); October 12, 1968

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Washington Post

Pg. D29

Witnesses Tell of God’s War

Chicago Defender (Daily Edition) 1973-1975); July 5, 1973;

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Defender

Pg. 4

 

 

Ten survival tips when leaving high-control groups

spike and lady cee survival

  1. Safety & Distance
  2. Access to transportation and social services
  3. Proper amounts and types of sleep food and exercise
  4. Medical, Dental & Optical check up
  5. Bank Account and Credit
  6. Professional and Peer Support System
  7. Friends and Family who understand
  8. Hobbies Projects and Goals
  9. Continuing Education
  10. Self Love and Self Forgiveness

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Open Minds Foundation
https://www.openmindsfoundation.org/

Toastmaster’s International
https://www.toastmasters.org

Harold and Maude
L.I.V.E – Live!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoCXJDtOSik

USA domestic violence hotline phone: 1-800-799-SAFE
http://www.thehotline.org

UK domestic violence
http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

“index site” list of other affiliated orgs:
http://www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org/resources/national-domestic-violence-organizations/

 

Robert Jay Lifton’s – 8 Criteria of Thought Reform

Final YouTube Lifton

In this video, Spike Robinson delivers an exceptional presentation about Robert Jay Lifton’s Eight Criteria of Thought Reform.

Beginning in 1953, Lifton interviewed American servicemen who had been prisoners of war (POWs) during the Korean War as well as priests and students or teachers who had been held in prison in China after 1951. In addition to interviews with 25 Americans and Europeans, Lifton interviewed 15 Chinese who had fled after having been subjected to indoctrination in Chinese universities.

Lifton’s 1961 book Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China, based on this research, was a study of coercive techniques used in the People’s Republic of China that he labelled “thought reform” or “brainwashing”, though he preferred the former term. The term “thought-terminating cliché” was popularized in this book. Lifton found that when the POWs returned to the United States their thinking soon returned to normal, contrary to the popular image of “brainwashing.” A 1989 reprint edition was published by University of North Carolina Press.

Date of Broadcast: 03/18/17 (Length 23:29)

Speakers: Lady Cee, JT, Spike Robinson (assistant editor of the Open Minds Foundation)

Relevant Information:

0:00-2:25

Robert Jay Lifton is a psychiatrist who interviewed and gave therapy to American, European, and Chinese POWs held in thought reform camps in China during the Korean War.

  • His work is groundbreaking on the topics of mind control and brainwashing
  • Many soldiers signed outlandish false confessions during their internment
  • Lifton helped them to recover and forgive themselves for being manipulated and controlled. Their thinking returned to normal once they were away from the reform camps.

He wrote a book called, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism in 1960 based on his research. Chapter 22 is an in-depth section on thought reform and brainwashing.

  • Lifton detailed eight criteria for thought control.
  • Not all of the criteria are held in the same balance.
  • These criteria are used in any high control situation (cults, abusive relationship, ideological reform, etc.)

2:26-23:29

Robert Jay Lifton’s Eight Criteria of Thought Reform

  1. Milieu Control: we control what you experience and how you experience it
  2. Loading the Language: using strong wording beyond literal the meaning to provoke an emotional response, segregate insiders and outsiders through jargon, soften the connotations of unpleasant topics
  3. Mystical Manipulation: Exploiting natural, common phenomenon to provoke mystical, transcendent experiences that unsuspecting targets attribute to the thought reformers
  4. Sacred Science: thought reformers teaching their own truths and discounting any evidence that goes against their teachings
  5. Demand for Purity: Demanding a never-ending series of actions and prohibitions to qualify as worthy or pure
  6. Confession: Telling a thought reformer how you fell short of perfection and purity; while giving them very personal, intimate information which can later be used to punish and manipulate
  7. Doctrine Over Person: ([gaslighting/ facts don’t match the truth] being convinced that actual reality (as defined by the thought reformers) doesn’t actually match up with the reality you are experiencing
  8. Dispensing of Existence: the teaching that the unbeliever is not worth as much as the believer; the “truth” is more than life

 

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