Throughout history there have always been whistleblowers that have come forward to tell what they know about corruption within organizations. Raymond Franz is no different in telling what he knows about the Jehovah’s Witness faith. As a former Governing Body member, he was aware of how they made decisions on how to establish the rules that Jehovah’s Witnesses were required to follow. No, he did not speculate on how he felt or thought about what they were doing, he sat in conference rooms where debates were held about whether to uphold various teachings (e.g., 1914) and such teachings had a profound effect on the lives of individuals that were following their mandates.
Eventually, Raymond Franz experienced a crisis of conscience and severed ties with the organization. Thus, becoming one of the most profound whistleblowers since the inception of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.
In this podcast, Lady Cee interviews Pat, an ex-Jehovah’s Witness that left the organization in 1995. Pat realizes there are many things that she did wrong prior to leaving. In this podcast, she shares a wealth of knowledge that can help others to avoid the pitfalls she endured during her own departure from the organization.
Exit Strategy Tips for those individuals that are Physically In Mentally Out (PIMOs)
Friends – Start making non-JW friends, contact non-JW relatives if need be create a secondary account on social media and e-Mail
Mental Health – Find a therapist that specializes in cults. Join
Ex-JW Facebook groups and Ex-JW Meet-ups in your city
Set Goals – Create a bucket list of stuff you couldn’t do as a JW but are free to do now and get them done
Productive Use of Time – Use the time you spent at Kingdom Hall or preaching doing something productive such as college, a second job, a hobby, exercise, etc.
Emergency Planning – Have a Plan A and Plan B for various emergencies including medical, housing, employment, food, etc. Who could you contact in an emergency if your family is shunning you?
Figure out whatever gives you a sense of purpose and meaning in life and do those things – volunteer, activism, advocate, child sponsorship
This podcast discusses the question whether or not we are bashing the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Daniel sent a link to one of our videos to his aunt Carolyn to help her to appreciate some of our online activism and to his surprise it met with opposition. She wanted to know why he was bashing the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Understandably, to outsiders and individuals that do not understand what goes on behind the scenes in the Jehovah’s Witness religion, they may quickly begin to reason that our activism is nothing more than an all-out attack against a group of people that have done no harm to anyone. However, if that were the case, then we would not feel the need to bring to the light many things about this religion that individuals need to learn about.
In fact, just recently, there was a triple murder suicide by a Jehovah’s Witness that was under extreme stress due to the effects of the Jehovah’s Witness shunning policy. To read more about the story, I’ve included a link below.
Friends: Jehovah’s Witnesses shunning drove Keego Harbor mom to murder-suicide
This religion inflicts pain on families, have put their lives in danger based on their unscriptural policies related to not taking blood transfusions, organ transplants (they have since changed the rules on this, but think of the countless individuals that died when the rule was in effect), allowed their members to be imprisoned for refusing alternative service jobs during wartime (in some countries individuals are still serving prison sentences). They have also caused much harm to women and children for not calling the police for domestic violence and child molestation cases. Instead, they ruled to handle such cases in house as a result of not bringing any reproach against the organization. Countless individuals have suffered needlessly, and their lives will never be the same.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses also discourage individuals from seeking higher education and put them under constant fear, obligation and guilt as a means to make them do more for the organization. They use scare tactics to discourage their members from leaving the organization thereby not allowing those that remain faithful to the group to shun all that leave. As a result, people have been cut off from mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and grandchildren have been barred from seeing their grandparents. We know individuals that have not spoken to their family in 30+ years.
We ask that you decide whether or not our YouTube channel is bashing the Jehovah’s Witnesses because we are raising public awareness about the group.
Just as all of the characters in the Wizard of Oz had problems that they wanted answers to, the same is true with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In Oz, the characters were told to follow the yellow brick road that would lead them to the Oz and he would solve their problems.
The Wizard, sent them on all kinds of missions, putting their life in danger.
In their desire to get their problems fixed, they were willing to do anything.
The same is true with the Jehovah’s Witnesses
The JWs are trying to follow the yellow brick road too. Each person has been promised something different and they believe that if they follow the governing body, God will bless them for doing so and reward them in the end.
In the Wizard of Oz, the Tin Man was looking for a brain, and the Wizard told him – my man you’ve been the victim of disorganized thinking. The same is true with Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their heart is in the right place, but they are guilty of disorganized thinking just like the Tin Man.
This disorganized thinking is by design because Jehovah’s Witnesses are discouraged from independent thinking.
Dorothy discovered that everything she ever wanted was always right there at home, just like the truth about God’s word – it was always right there at home. You didn’t have to do all of that yellow brick road.
JT explains that when he was able to see the man behind the curtain everything changed. In the Wizard of Oz, the characters eventually lost their fear of displeasing the Wizard. The same is true with Jehovah’s Witnesses that wake up. They, too, realize that they were trying to please a book publishing company. It’s sad to think that we actually believed that moving Watchtowers would make God smile. We connected our standing before God with a group of individuals out of the United States. But, once you see the Wizard for what he is, you no longer have that fear.
The little man behind the curtain, making all of that noise, scaring folks, is really the Governing Body. They control the lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses in every single aspect of their lives and once you realize what they are and who they are, everything falls down. The shingles and the blinders fall off.
The Wizard of Oz promised to give Dorothy, The Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion what they wanted and all four of them wanted something different. The Oz sent them out to do things that put their very lives at risk. That is the same thing that the Watchtower organization does to Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Three things that build trust in the organization
On Bible study, you tell them their friends and family will not like the idea they are studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses
At the end of each study reserve 15 minutes to build trust in the Governing Body
Encourage their Bible Studies to visit the world headquarters or the branch in their country.
Lady Cee takes a back seat to hosting the show the Struggles of Jehovah’s Witness women and speaks with Daniel about some of the things she has experienced as a Jehovah’s Witness Woman. While this discussion only touches the tip of the iceberg of issues she’s encountered, it’s definitely a start to helping women to gain confidence to break out of their mold of allowing others to think for them.
Women in the congregation are not encouraged to do much thinking on their own. And because this is the culture, they tend to second guess themselves on many fronts. As Lady Cee points out, a lot of sisters tend to call on the brothers to answer mundane questions such as whether or not they can participate in functions on their job.
After Lady Cee and Daniel complete their discussion, she and JT have a follow up conversation talking about more examples of how women are not encouraged to think. Lady Cee recalls how a sister in the congregation refused to participate in a class action lawsuit unless she checks with the brothers first. She understood the Society’s admonition not to take your brothers to court. All she heard was lawsuit and then her mind simply shutdown. This is a sad example of women not learning how to think on their own and understand the differences between a class action lawsuit and an issue where you actually are taking a brother or sister to court. The sister never developed critical thinking skills.
In another example, Lady Cee recalls talking with a sister that put so much confidence in a brother in the congregation, that she had him doing her accounting for her business. Unfortunately, she was not taking the allowed write offs for her business because the brother, although a good man, was not an accountant. This is a perfect example of how the sisters in the congregation give the brothers too much power over their lives to the point where they are involved in aspects of their lives that should be handled by professionals.
The video concludes with an advertisement of the Struggles of Jehovah’s Witness Women where Lady Cee is discussing what the show is all about and how women can come together to share their experiences to help one another. It is also a call to action for other women to reach out and share their experience on this platform.
He had a sincere heart and a burning desire to learn his Bible. He did not realize that lurking around the corner was a ticking time bomb ready to deliver explosive, cultish teachings designed to trap his mind and
Some people are born and raised in the religion, others are recruited by friends and relatives, still others have been contacted in the door-to-door preaching. But, no one thinks about those youngsters at school that come across the well dressed, well behaved Jehovah’s Witness student that attract other well-intentioned students seeking answers to life’s most difficult questions.
Shakeem Holmes is one such individual. Being a shy student, he steered clear of the hustle and bustle of the crowded lunchroom during break. Instead, he opted to find peace and solace in the library. During his frequent trips to the library, he noticed a fellow student reading his Bible and was quite impressed. After several weeks, Shakeem took it upon himself to approach the student and inquired more about the Bible.
Like most dedicated youths, the Jehovah’s Witness did not hesitate to have Bible discussions with his classmate. However, Shakeem was unaware that his classmate was also introducing publications to help steer his thinking to the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society’s explanation of scripture.
Throughout his study, everything he was learning made logical sense. He was perplexed and frustrated with the things happening around him and in the world in general. Certainly, there must be something to all of the crime and violence, and to his amazement, the Jehovah’s Witnesses had all of the answers. He felt good about what he was learning and surmised, “this must be the truth”.
What makes Shakeem unique, is that no one in his family are Jehovah’s Witnesses. When they discovered he was studying with them, they were not too happy. His grandmother was not necessarily singling out the Jehovah’s Witnesses because according to Shakeem, she is not fond of any religion. Studying with the Jehovah’s Witnesses and attending meetings at the congregation posed no issues because he was able to meet with his classmate at school and the Kingdom Hall was across the street from his house. Nevertheless, he continued forward and was eventually dedicated and baptized. Not long after, he quickly realized that something was amiss.
In this interview, Shakeem discussed the three things that peaked his interest about the religion and the three things that finally caused him to leave the group and fade away. In hindsight, Shakeem readily testifies that everything is not always as it seems on the surface. It is not until after he joined the group that their true colors appeared. He talks about the good…bad…and the ugly of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.
Looking back over the choices he made, Shakeem regrets not taking the time to do his research to learn more about the history of the Jehovah’s Witness faith. After the love bombing ceased, his joyous experience quickly began to fizzle. He admits that he wasted five years of his life, gave up opportunities to advance his education for better career choices. If he would have only known then what he knows now, he could be much further ahead. He is now enrolled in college, soon to graduate. He recommends that anyone studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses to do their research prior to making any commitments.