DA Letter

by sooner7nc 54 Replies latest jw experiences

  • sooner7nc

    The Rough draft of my DA letter. Comments? Suggestions?

    Thursday 12/25/2008

    To the Body of Elders of the M******l W***s congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses,

    I wish to state, first of all, that I take no pleasure in writing you this letter. The difficulty I find in stating that which I have felt for many years, is enormous. The only satisfaction I do intend to gain, however, from this episode of my life, is the fact that this deplorable chapter is rapidly coming to an end, and I will finally have peace knowing that I have done the right thing.

    In October of this year, while at my place of work, an employee of mine, M*** B****, overheard an inadvertent comment by my director stating that I had “Passed out while giving blood”. This comment did not state the particulars of this supposed giving of blood. It did not differentiate whether or not this was simply an incident of having my blood drawn for testing, or an actual donation of whole blood. Nonetheless, this statement was overheard on a Thursday afternoon at approximately 2:20pm, and had generated a response from your Body by 8:30am of the next morning. This response manifested itself in the form of W***** D**** and H***** M****** waking my wife from a sound sleep, and grilling her for half an hour on my habits. My wife was asked in an accusatory manner whether or not she knew about my donating of blood, and whether or not she was aware that I was intending to give my blood directly to her during an upcoming transplant surgery that she was to undergo. This last question is ludicrous in light of the fact that I had never even allowed this thought to cross my mind due to the fact that our blood types are completely incompatible. I personally, was never approached, either in person or by telephone, and asked about any of these things. Apparently, these things can only be asked of a sick 5’4” housewife, and not her large somewhat ill-tempered husband. The absurd way this situation was handled substantiates my belief that this Body of Elders is more interested in finding fault with me than with helping me.

    This incident is the catalyst that has convinced me that I need to make my feelings known once and for all.

    (A) The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, through its’ Governing Body, has repeatedly made predictions that have time and again proved to be untrue, while berating Rank and File Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been disappointed when these predictions failed to happen.

    (B) This same group has displayed a startling amount of duplicity in it’s dealings with its’ so-called brothers, as displayed in its’ handling of the case of the Mexican military cartilla as opposed to the Malawian political card.

    (C) This group forbids the medical use of whole blood while allowing the use of a majority of blood fractions.

    (D) This group states that the only good and true hearted people on earth are Jehovah’s Witnesses or those who are about to become Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    My feelings towards (A) and (B) are this. A religious group that purports to be the soul channel to God should be fair in its’ dealing. It should readily admit its’ mistakes and beg forgiveness of the people that it is supposed to serve.

    As far as (C) is concerned, we have a term for this where I come from…Douchebaggery.

    I struggle to find anything that can properly convey my utter disdain for the idiocy that is (D).

    And so, I’m left with this. I do not, nor will I ever believe that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society or any of its’ subsidiary components is the sole channel to any divine being. I do not believe that the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses is a safe one. On the contrary, I believe it to be extremely dangerous. I believe that the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses is a high control cult that damage its’ members severely.

    Because of these reasons I wish to no longer be known as a Jehovah’s Witness. I tell you this now, I will worship God, but I refuse to worship an organization.

    M*** S******

  • leavingwt

    Looks good to me.

  • Borgia
    My feelings towards (A) and (B) are this. A religious group that purports to be the soul channel to God should be fair in its’ dealing.

    It should read: sole channel, not soul channel. All else looks good.



  • Quirky1

    Why do you want to send a DA letter?

  • sooner7nc

    Soul channel? I'm such a Dumbass. Thanks Borgia

    Thanks Leaving. I read your DA letter. Very impressive.

  • sooner7nc

    Why do you want to send a DA letter? I feel this deep need to be the one that cuts ties with this group. I don't want to give them the satisfaction.

  • passwordprotected

    straight to the point without being wind-baggery. Nice one.

  • Quirky1

    You do not have to play by their rules. "You" have the ability to say whether or not what you want to do. "You" do not need a letter. It is a mental decision.

    But, if that is what it will take to set you free, more power to you. Before you do you might want to check out Doc Bob's site.

  • done4good
    As far as (C) is concerned, we have a term for this where I come from…Douchebaggery.

    I love that!


  • BluesBrother

    The letter is fine , bar the typo, but I must repeat Quirky's question, "Why ?"

    Personal satisfaction, I can understand...but this only feeds the ego of the elders and is seen as an admission of guilt re. blood donation..

    Assuming that your wife is associating with the cong, your d/a will make life harder for her. She is told to "restrict" her association with you, told what she may or may not discuss with you. She is unwell, does she need this hassle?

    If it were me, which it is not, I know....I would tell them to leave my wife alone and forbid them to speak with her about me, tell them I had used my Christian Headship to tell her not to discuss me with them. If they have any questions, they must ask me direct...

    When they ask me, I would simply evade answering, they cannot act on silence. All they have is hearsay, based on a snippet of conversation from a worldly person..Did their informer hear correctly??

    If they went ahead anyway, I would appeal on the basis that they have no evidence to base their case...After that if necessary I would write to Bethel for a review . At the very least, it would tie up their time and in my experience, they hate that.

    Why hand them your head on a platter?

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