It’s All About Control

For Watchtower, it’s all about control. This time they go over-the-top, trying to control masturbation. Seeing is believing, as no one in control of their critical thinking skills would produce this kind of video. And yet, Watchtower does it. You can read all about it and see the video for yourself at:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2018/01/29/get-ready-to-cringe-jehovahs-witnesses-are-warning-people-not-to-masturbate/

Does Watchtower Speak for God?

One of the biggest myths within organized religion is that the clergy speaks for God, or, at least has some better line of communication to the Divine than the average person.This of course begs the question: Do Watchtower’s Governing Body members and the Watchtower magazine speak for God, Jehovah God? To help you answer this question, to give you some food for thought, please check out the blog post at:  https://www.openmindsfoundation.org/triangulation/

Love & Sex: Growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness

Four years ago, Mickey Hudson published her story about love and sex growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness. It’s a story that continues to capture reader’s interest and so we want to share her story again in 2018.

In her inimitable way, Mickey told us, “Growing up as a JW can warp and twist a young person’s mind about many activities, sex in particular. At least that’s how it was for me.

“Sitting in the Kingdom Hall as a young child, I would hear talks about sex, but they were, for the most part, warnings about what not to do—what was moral and what was not— but mostly not. Masturbation was wrong, mutual masturbation was wrong, and both oral and anal sex were wrong. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!

“I would think: Okay, those things are wrong, but I don’t even know what those wrong things are. So I promised myself that as soon I found out what the heck they were, I would never do them.”

You can read the full story by clicking on the following link at: http://aawa.co/blog/love-sex-what-ive-learned-since-leaving-watchtower/

A Pictorial Indictment of Watchtower’s Shunning Policy

Few stories had the impact that Rick Gonzalez’s Shameful Shunning in a Thousands Words had in 2013. It’s a timeless story and a priceless picture that needs to be shared again and again. Or least until Watchtower stops its mandated Talmud-like shunning policy. You can access the story at:   http://aawa.co/blog/shameful-shunning-in-a-thousand-words/

Jehovah’s Witnesses – Aging Quickly

                              By Joni Valkila

In addition to Watchtower’s concerns about financial donations, the age pyramid threatens their membership. While I don’t have the hard numbers internationally, I have the numbers for Finland.

It is worthwhile to note the following interrelated factors:

1) a low birth-rate among Jehovah’s Witnesses because Watchtower has discouraged its members from having children for decades
2) a decline in the number of converts since the mid-1990s
3) a collapse in the number of baptisms since the mid-1990s
4) young people leaving the organization.

The net result is a very aged population.

We have fairly reliable government statistics about the age structure of JWs in Finland. Guess how many are over 65 years old? It’s 28% of JWs in Finland. This is a population of very poor future prospects.

There have been fewer JWs in proportion to the population since 2001. As the decline no doubt continues, at some point it could lead to a collapse of congregations and the organization. It’s a sinking ship.

Who wants to give their money or time to an organization that doesn’t seem to have a future? Kingdom halls are being sold. The few people who still go to meetings are mostly old people.

But, I have to say though that the product JWs sell—eternal life in a paradise earth, albeit at a heavy price to the members—is very good. Watchtower still might find new markets and millions of new gullible people who want to believe they can live forever, and are willing to give their money to help make that possible.

You can get to know more about Joni Valkila by going to his Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/valkila

Fred Franz and Watchtower’s Disconnect with Reality

On May 10, 1962, my first day at Bethel, I was told that I would need to attend the Monday night study of the Watchtower, if I wanted to have a successful career at Bethel. My first Monday-night meeting occurred four days later, with Fred Franz conducting.

I was 18 at the time and flabbergasted listening to Franz conduct the Watchtower Study. I had never seen anyone convene a meeting like this. He was extremely self-absorbed and acted as if he might be going crazy. He talked in a deranged-like high-pitch and drifted into tangents unrelated to the study article. One inane comment was a premonition he shared with 600-plus Bethelites, in the Bethel Kingdom Hall, saying, “I don’t know when, but I will die on a Friday the 13th.”

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