JW.org: “Jehovah’s Witnesses Do Not Shun”

The Watchtower Society’s website, JW.org, now claims that “Those who were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses but no longer preach to others, perhaps even drifting away from association with fellow believers, are not shunned.” [LINK]

This is an amazing statement. It’s actually so amazing that tens of thousands of former Jehovah’s Witnesses will be surprised to know this amazing fact – especially since most of their former JW friends and family have indisputably shunned them for years – and for some, decades.

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“Jehovah’s Friend” DVD announced

The Watchtower Society is releasing a four-part DVD called “Become Jehovah’s Friend” at the 2012 summer District Conventions. As with many new releases, within hours of its first distribution on June 26th, active Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower critics had posted all of the DVD’s segments on YouTube.com.

Within days the Watchtower filed copyright infringement complaints, obligating YouTube.com to take most of them down and send warning notices to the original posters.

During a 2012 District Assembly in Oregon USA, the speaker announcing the new release  repeatedly emphasized that this DVD’s videos are not about entertaining Jehovah’s Witnesses’ children, but rather to “inculcate them.” -Deut. 6:6,7.

After seeing these videos, ask yourself if you really want the Watchtower Society inculcating your children.

in·cul·cate   [in-kuhl-keyt, in-kuhl-keyt] Show IPA
verb (used with object), in·cul·cat·ed, in·cul·cat·ing.
1. to implant by repeated statement or admonition;
teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in ): to inculcate virtue in the young.
2. to cause or influence (someone) to accept an idea or feeling (usually followed by with ):
Socrates inculcated his pupils with the love of truth.

New humorous versions and extended critical commentaries went up on YouTube almost overnight. Since the law allows for “fair use” of copyrighted material when used in satire, parody, commentary, or criticism, that’s exactly what happened. Within days, it was almost impossible to see the original Watchtower versions, but there was a virtual smorgasbord of both hilarious and severely critical versions of elements of the DVD widely available and accessible.

Rather than offer my own commentary on the quality, competence, or logic of the original DVD at this time, I will instead provide you with some excellent examples of modified versions. I’m sure that some of these adaptations will be keeping the Governing Body Awake! at night for the next few months. The brothers at Bethel who actually wrote the scripts and prepped the visuals will probably be getting missionary assignments in remote villages in Borneo or as Special Pioneers in Somalia.

Enjoy!

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A Protestant visits the Jehovahs Witness Convention

By Bridget Anderson

The phrase from Hebrews 12, “since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,” took on a whole new meaning for me this weekend. I was name-tagless and alone in a sea of 5,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses. I had many thoughts and observations churning around within me, longing to find release. Thus, this essay.

The first thing that surprised me was the style of the speakers. They all had the same style. It was totally devoid of humor, passion or individuality. It was striking how much “the same” they sounded; their deliveries were dry and droning, almost as though they were reading off a teleprompter, or reciting something they had memorized years ago. Not only was the boredom of the attendees palpable, one got the impression that the speakers themselves were bored with what they were saying. It was ironic, considering the subject  was “Keep on the Watch” and their constant repetition that Armageddon was “at hand” (as they have proclaimed it to be for 130 years).

Jehovah's Witnesses sing during a recent convention
The uniformity of the crowd was also somewhat amazing, considering it was so large. In sitting for a stretch of three hours, everyone did exactly the same thing: eyes fastened on the speaker, Bibles rustling to look up each verse, all taking notes. I felt kind of “obvious” by just taking sips of water a few times during the talks, or looking for my gum in my bag.

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