Hello Simon and Angharad!
Thank you so much for continuing your story and posting links to the previous four parts. Reading them in order made it easier to follow the story line and get a better sense of what you (and yours) went through. It was very moving, and I thank you for sharing it with us.
Though I read almost every post in every section nowadays, I don't post much because I really don't have anything to add. Others have gone through much harsher times than I, and suffered and endured much more than I ever did. I am embarrassed and ashamed that I was ever a part of an organization that could allow such things to occur in its name. Of course, some peoples' families and friends went way beyond what was strictly "required," but still, the Organization fostered the atmosphere of fear, suspicion, and revulsion (if not outright hatred) that led to such travesties. And in spite of the blatant hypocrisy of the July 2009 Awake! article that said, "No one should...be made to choose between his beliefs and his family", they seem to actually be ratcheting up the pressure to do exactly that. Or, as my sister said (paraphrased), "That doesn't apply to US, because WE have the TRUTH!"
I do have two questions. First, would you ever consider posting the recordings of your Judicial Committee? I would very much like to hear them, and I'm sure a lot of other people would too. Second, and this is for Angharad, how do you pronounce your name? I was wondering if it was derivative (or perhaps a source) of the name Ingrid. Just curious...
Again Simon, thanks for your story, and especially for all your hard work in creating and maintain this site. There's simply no telling how many have been helped to shed the shackles of "ze Organization" and discover there is indeed life after the Watchtower.
Regards and best wishes,