Wow. A really great insider story...

by DubBeachBabe 18 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • DubBeachBabe

    This is one of the best-written and most insightful experiences I've read. If you're interested in how Bethel's Writing Department actually works, and recent scandals, this is a thought-provoking story.

    I like this woman already.

    It's very lengthy, so grab a cup of good coffee or a glass of wine, and settle in for a long read:


  • fullofdoubtnow

    Hi DubBeachBabe, and welcome to the forum.

    I read that Barbars Anderson story a while ago, and you are right, it is fascinating.

  • DubBeachBabe

    Hi Fullof

    Thanks. I've spent some time on JWO, but ze man with ze rubber you-know-whats suggested this as a more interesting forum.

    I fear that the huge numbers of posts and people here may be a bit intimidating, and may distract me from more important pursuits, like exploring good sauvignon blanc.

    Let's see.


  • Beachbender

    "Welcome DubBeachBabe"!! from another beach babe!!

  • DubBeachBabe

    Hey beachbender

    Thanks. So how do you do that, beach-bending? Is it like yoga on the beach in Florida?

  • wednesday
    I fear that the huge numbers of posts and people here may be a bit intimidating,

    After posting on JWO, nothing should scare or intimidate you. certainly not JWD.

  • slimboyfat

    Yes, the account is fascinating.

    I just hope Barbara Anderson is now working on a full length book on her experiences because she has a lot of knowledge that needs to be put on record.

    So if Barbara Anderson is reading this - I would urge you, as others have also done, to please make a more complete record of your recollections available in the form of a book.


  • lisavegas420

    I love the way she names people, places, and magazines w/dates.

    I printed it out. It's only 22pages


  • evergreen

    Thanx Dbb , i have copied it to my files and will read it next on my list of peoples experiences.

  • DubBeachBabe

    This story may be bigger than we realise.

    If you haven't personally been exposed to child sexual abuse, it's easy to say blah-di-blah. I certainly wasn't, in my almost idyllic childhood, and I couldn't imagine the relevance of the issue to my own life.

    But when I read Barbara's article, it reminded me that I ran into an ex (or inactive) JW a few months ago, a guy who still stays in touch with people in the sea-side congregations where we were both involved in our active JW days.

    He told me about an elder in our neighbouring congregation, a well-respected dentist, who had been having sex with his daughter for all those years.

    I checked with my own sister, still very much part of that world. Yep, it's true.

    Damn, I knew Uncle Gert and I had no idea. We had no idea.

    He's no longer allowed to be an elder, and he's retired now, in a congregation further up the coast.

    What can I say?

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