InsidetheWatchtower.com

August 25th, 2011

InsidetheWatchtower.com is new website dedicated to uncovering the truth about Jehovah's Witness lifestyle and culture.For those readers who have not found it yet, we’d like to announce our new website, Inside the Watchtower. It’s been online since late July, but was only announced officially on August 2, 2011.

Although it could be considered a “companion site” to Ex-JW.com, it really stands on its own and has a unique personality. Intended to provide a “behind the scenes” look at what life is like being a Jehovah’s Witness, it will avoid heated debates about theology and doctrine. It’s about the process and culture of being a Witness. How do they get through a normal week of meetings and field service? What’s it like growing up as a Witness, going to meetings, reading Watchtower publications, knocking on doors, dealing with elders, and trying to figure out what the latest Watchtower teachings and rules are all about?

After the official announcement about the site, the Editor received a congratulatory email from an anonymous former JW. “Your new site approaches its subjects in a gentle, probing way, almost caressing them with a touch of sadness and loss, but also mixed with large servings of humor. You’re making the point that it’s not easy being a Jehovah’s Witness. For me, it’s very much like having a job you hate – but can’t quit without bringing financial disaster that will destroy your family.” Another wrote, “The JWs spend so much wasted time trying to recruit new converts. But as soon as they get them converted and baptized, the Watchtower seems dedicated to tossing them out and breaking up their families. What is the logic in that?”

Another wrote, “Your writers are excellent. Everyone has their own style, but present their subjects in clear and interesting ways. Keep it up.”

We certainly appreciate the nice complements sent our way. And for some reason completely unknown to us, Inside the Watchtower seems to have gained a group of fans from all over Brazil – and this started before we put up our automated translator. We are so pleased to know that like Ex-JW.com, we have regular visitors logging in daily from all over the world.

Among the contributors to Inside the Watchtower, are some that have also published here on Ex-JW.com. Terry Walstrom, “Mad Sweeney,” and Len Miller have all agreed to contribute, all great writers – just to name a few. Plus – we have our feelers out for more knowledgeable writers and forum posters. We know that there is a huge amount of thoughtful, well-researched, and helpful material languishing in the archives of various Jehovah’s Witness discussion forums that may never again see the light of day. What a shame to lose those valuable resources. That’s one of the goals of Inside the Watchtower: mine some of that “old gold” – and then publish and index it for our readers to enjoy for years to come.

The site offers a contact page with automated email, translation services for twenty languages, easy-to-use comment forms for each article, an archive of Blondie’s Best “Comments You Won’t Hear at the Watchtower Study,” and many other unique features. Like Ex-JW.com, there will be an extensive index and links to other excellent JW discussion websites. We’ll add to a growing number of book reviews and make links available to PDF copies for some old out-of-print Watchtower publications. Coming soon will be our version of “Cliffnotes” for the most recent Watchtower and Awake! magazines. That could be fun!

So check out Inside the Watchtower. Please note that we’re still making adjustments and site upgrades. You’ll see changes as the site progresses and grows. You should find the site gentle on the eyes, easy to read, and even fun to visit from time to time. The site is also compatible with all browsers and works fine on iPhone™ and Droid® models. We look forward to reading your comments.

If you would like to submit your own articles, please email the Editor for a copy of our guidelines.

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  1. JJ

    Great idea- I know it will do well!

    Also, great logo, very nice.

  2. Editor

    @JJ – Thanks, JJ. I appreciate your compliments. BTW – the logo was designed by Michael Patrick, a freelance artist who is not, and never has been a JW. There is an article about him over at InsidetheWatchtower.com. He also created many of the caricatures that we use.

  3. Ernesto

    This year the Jehovah’s Witnesses are getting a serious wake-up call.
    Never before in the history of apostasy has there been a plan like this. Apostates are going to dress up clean shaven and in suit and tie pretending to be JWs outside of district conventions ( regional assemblies,etc.- whatever they are called now) everywhere this year, facing worldly passersby and vehemently defending the Watchtower against any “worldly” people that may get in our face as we hold up our signs.
    The signs I like best are the ones that say “Blood transfusions are the work of Satan! Anybody that receives a blood transfusion will not inherit Jehovah’s Kingdom!” and “Jehovah’s day of wrath is imminent! He will kill you and the buzzards will eat your flesh unless you become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” We will also carry watchtower publications that back up these statements. For example from the Watchtower publication, Worldwide Security under the Prince of Peace p 159 we read:
    “those slaughtered at Armageddon will not be laid in graves with markers to memorialize them.
    Birds of every sort and beasts of the field will share in the benefits of God’s triumph and at the same time ,help cleanse the earth of the many carcasses that will lie strewed upon the ground like fertilizer, unlamented, unburied, abhorred by the survivors’
    The bottom line is Jehovah’s Witnesses really believe these things. I recall on plenty of occasions when going from door to door with pioneers, a householder would be opposed and upon returning to the car, the pioneer would say , “that person is buzzard bait”. You see, JWs like to sugar coat Watchtower doctrine to newly associating ones. Becoming a JW is a persuasive process that requires time. If the doctrine was offered in the raw to everyone they meet, there would be a shock factor and fewer would join.
    This is what we plan to do – offer the world JW doctrine in the raw. Give the shock factor. There is nothing dishonest about this. Unlike the laughable attempts by apostates in the past, this plan will have the desired effect. With an organization that takes vain pride in itself and its appearance, this will not be taken lightly by the Watchtower. Ask yourself- Has the Watchtower ever tried to put a stop to evangelists or apostates attempting to engage with JWs outside of conventions? Of course not!. The presence of opposers at the conventions actually fires up the JW persecution complex and strengthens the JWs resolve that they have the truth. Will the Watchtower try to thwart our efforts? You betcha! No doubt, the Watchtower already knows about our plan, and is taking action against it, but if we remain diligent this will be a success! With help from JW insiders we are hoping to soon have copies of this years convention badges. This will make us look authentic. We welcome all Ex-witnesses everywhere to participate in this plan whether in groups or independently and encourage you to make your own catchy signs just as long as they are neat and have actual offensive JW doctrine. Make sure to dress neatly in suit and tie and be well groomed. Remember, we’re not going to attack or argue with JWs. We are going to act like we are JWs!
    ALSO, holding these signs directed at worldly passersby is bound to stir up angry emotions from the worldly ones against JWs and the Watchtower. We are expecting that! So if any worldly person gets in our face, we are going to verbally defend the Watchtower as the one and only true religion and shout right back at them! This is gonna be a load of fun…spread the word…be there!

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