In my opinion, this is the crux of the matter where ex JW's are concerned.
So many religions have disagreements with their members. But you can disagree, research, question, and leave if that is your wish. You may receive some sanction depending on the religion, but no shunning is required in the major faith's and religions of Christendom. (Mormon/JW religions notwithstanding)
I personally don't think that forums like this would exist or be needed if shunning the way JW's do it were to disappear. One could simply research and see if what JW's said was really so, make up their own mind, leave if they wanted, and still be able to talk with friends and family.
The Governing Body in this case would be free to continue to publish their religious fiction, and it would really be your responsibility at that point if you believed it or not, because there wouldn't be a "gun" to your head to "believe or else".
What do you think? Is that the key? Or am I all wet on this?