Watchtower's New "Toy Story" - What Parents Need To Know

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  • cedars

    Hi everyone

    I've uploaded a new blog article that addresses the latest DVD release at the current district convention, namely "Become Jehovah's Friend!" - the tale of young Caleb and his brush with divine wrath over a plastic toy wizard. A link to the article, which includes the YouTube samples of the production, is below:

    I've expressed quite clearly on this forum the personal anger and indignation I feel towards the Society for producing "Lesson 2 - Obey Jehovah", which is one of the two animated short stories on the DVD. I feel it's important to give this issue as much exposure as possible in an attempt to forewarn JW parents (many of whom have not yet attended the convention) of the video's hidden dangers. I truly feel that, if watched repeatedly by little ones, it could seriously weaken their critical thinking skills in the long term.

    Anyway, I'm not entirely sure this is my best ever article because it was written with a degree of personal anguish. Therefore, if you have any helpful suggestions as to how I would amend the article to give it greater impact, I would VERY much appreciate any such input.

    I look forward to hearing your responses.

    (As always, if you haven't yet voted on the 2012 JW survey, please do so!)


  • Scully

    omg that video was sickening.

  • Think About It
    Think About It

    That was a sickening video. Most JW moms would have grabbed that wizard and threw it in the trash themselves, then beat the little guy for accepting it and bringing the demons into the house. It should be obvious to people by now that the JW's are a religious mind-control cult.

    Think About It

  • FlyingHighNow

    That is horrible animation. The mother's voice is very annoying. The kid looks scared. And the landfill is going to become demonized.

    Seriously, this is child abuse. You'd think they kid came home with a crack pipe and crack rocks or heroin and the works.

    Family Worship?

    What, this is for parents who are too lazy to scare the kids themselves?

  • blondie

    What about the parents that play "forbidden" videos and go to evil movies. I'm watching the last segment of Lord of the Rings and watched the Potter series on ABCFamily just some weeks ago. I was told by jws that Potter was bad because the humans practiced magic but in LOTR humans did not practice was okay to watch. How many Disney movies do jw parents approve?

    What about Brave coming up. Is she a good example of a jw woman?

    How many Disney movies can you think of with witches or magic as a theme?

    Snow White

    Sleeping Beauty


    Bedknobs and Broomsticks

    The Mermaid

    Peter Pan



    Darby OGill and the Little People

    Sword in the Stone

    Beauty and the Beast

  • cedars

    Blondie - I too have heard innuendo and hearsay about Lord of the Rings being taboo. If you watch it, you don't go telling other brothers about it, just in case they would be stumbled. I remember receiving a fairly pointed bit of counsel at an assembly once where Harry Potter was mentioned in all but name - so that was always a little more than just taboo.

    However, with all of these things, the understanding was that these were matters of personal conscience. Now the Society is going one step further, and setting things in stone with this awful film. The trouble is, if you draw the line with a plastic toy wizard - where else do you draw the line? Your list of films, all of which are perfectly harmless, are great examples of how things can spiral out of control. It appears the Society is now embarking down this troubling path.

    Your conscience is no longer your own.


  • designs

    Seems they are following the Fundamentalist's playbook.

  • thenoblelodge

    Loaded with fear, they obviously feel the need to start early.

    Let's hope this video wakes a few up, It certainly made me feel sick to my stomach.


  • puffthedragon

    Nice article Cedars. This part will hopefully make some people think:

    These are all merely baseless implications that are thrown at Caleb by his mother, to which he eventually yields. The over-riding tone of this particular short story is “don’t ask, just obey”. This is precisely what the Society has always asked us to do in their publications, especially by means of spurious teachings such as “increasing light” and “waiting on Jehovah”. However, it is one thing to suppress the critical thinking skills of adults, but it strikes me as wholly wrong and frankly immoral to inflict such backwards ideology on young and impressionable minds from infancy. Such thinking sets children up for the worst possible start in life, and robs them of valuable cognitive tools

  • wha happened?
    wha happened?

    Zombies in training

  • palmtree67

    As a parent raising children in the Org, this type of information plays on the fears of parents, too.

    It sends the message that if your children aren't obedient little robots, you are failing as a parent.

    Remember years ago, the "experience" of the sister who would splash water onto her toddler's face to keep him awake at the meetings? Suddenly, anyone who let their kid sleep at a meeting or assembly was a bad parent.....

  • designs

    Teletubbies are satan's little helpers. Why can't the Society have a mature discussion on age appropriate toys and films. We made the mistake of taking our daughter to see Snow White when she was around 5, when the witch came on the screen she was running up the aisle into the lobby, oops.

  • Slidin Fast
    Slidin Fast

    I think the portrayal of the mother is quite realistic. Frustrated, pinched face seemingly without love or encouragement she simply uses the all powerful frightening entity of god to manipulate the liitle boy. We don't want to displease him do we? You know what happens when he gets mad, don't you.

    A good lesson in manipulation and control by fear. It summarises the whole strategy really. It is like watching someone taste an addictive substance that seems delicious but enslaves and poisons. Spit it out!

  • Amelia Ashton
    Amelia Ashton

    It sends the message that if your children aren't obedient little robots, you are failing as a parent.

    This is how I saw it too. To deliberately instil fear into the parents by scripting the worst case scenario with the intention of getting that reaction from any parent doing their best to keep an older child trapped in the cult. Massive guilt for failure on their part for not inculcating indoctrinating their children successfully.

  • GeneM

    Do they honestly think kids will want to watch this as if it's a cartoon on TV? How deluded are these people? "Hey Timmy do you want to watch the cartoon where the mommy makes the hero feel bad and throw out toys?" "OH BOY DO I!"

    The viewer’s side with the kid who obviously does not want to throw it away but is being guilted into it lest they invoke the deadly wrath of god...

    To your blog post Cedars I would say only that you seem to have already identified is only flaw, that it's too emotional. I would commend them on what little they got right and encourage parents that even if you ultimately reach the same conclusion with your bible trained conscience, that the way to get there is by reason and scripture not this patronizing tripe and mindless obedience.

  • panhandlegirl

    The image of the mother on her knees bothered me. There are eaiser ways to mop and wax floors than on your knees. It seems they wanted to convey how hard she worked. I did not allow my young children to watch any cartoons except "scobby do" or somethhing like that. I was a typical 60s wt mother. I now believe that not allowing children to use their imagination thwarts their thinking or critical skills. Without imagination no new innovations can be conceived. Of course, now I see what/how the WTS influenced our thinking. I was smart enough to leave the organization just before my children entered middle school so they engaged in activities such as debate and other competitive activities in school. It is sickening to see how manipulated we were and did not recognize it. If the word "magic" bothers parents what about using words like creative or imagnative; encouraging children to think of new ways to think about a problem or how to approach a problem. It's better to ask them "What do YOU think? How would YOU fix this problem? How many different ways can it be done?" Children should be encourged to ask questions but because JWs are not allowed to ask pertinent questions themselves, I don't know how a person would approach manipulation of childen's minds. The only way to approach this problem with jws is to put it bluntly and say "Think for yourself and investigate. Ask questions. Sometimes I think it is a losing battle. Except for my brothers, no one else in my familylistens to anything except what the GB says.

  • blondie

    cedars, I have noticed that more and more it is their "direction" that matters not any scripture that applies. It reminds me more and more of the description of the Jews in Jesus day according to the bible, that the human rules mattered more than God's laws in the bible. So many jws have no "intelligent" understanding of what they believe, just "the Society says." Without the details spelled out, jws are not understanding what the WTS demands. It reminds me of this part of the Talmud, if a chicken lays an egg, is picking it up on the Sabbath considered working. 1) Yes, if you are raising the chicken for eggs, 2) No if you are raising the chicken for meat.


  • factfinder

    I agree with the comments made here.

    Thank you Cedars! Very informative and reasonable article and thanks for the links to the new video.

    It is sickening too how the mother says"oh, your friend gave it to you" as if his friend is Satan himself.

    No scriptural reasons. And obeying the mother is the same as obeying Jehovah? Who did Caleb obey? His Mother! She must be Jehovah!

  • VM44

    "The DVD, which is introduced by Governing Body member Anthony Morris III"

    Anthony Morris has the mind of a potato!

  • breakfast of champions
    breakfast of champions

    VM44 - how dare you insult potatoes!

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