I think the trend is to throw EVERYTHING away. The baby with the bathwater.
However, guys...there is truth out there. Everything is not a strange mystery that no one will understand. It takes more faith to believe in something like evolution than it does to have faith in the Bible.
Okay, do not confuse ex-JW's who decided not to have anything to do with organized religion with ex-JW's that seriously researched the Bible upon exiting the WTS. The first group do not necesarily disbelieve the Bible or in an all-powerful, omnibenevolent God. They just had enough.
The second group are not just bitter and burned.
I belong to the second group. I examined the WTS and did not stop there. If they could so twist the Bible, then I needed to examine the Bible for myself. When I did, it was lacking, it was wrong according to archeaology, it depicted a terrible God, it was similar to other mythologies that it certainl borrowed from.
How can it "take more faith to believe in something like evolution than it does to have faith in the Bible" ? You can make a statement like that, but it needs to be backed up. I could say the exact same thing of any belief system. It takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Taoism, Voodoo. That is just not so. There really is fossil evidence for evolution. There really is genetic evidence for the age of Man and his spreading out from Africa. There really is DNA commonalities between animals. There is no physical evidence of a global flood or of the exodus. There is only scant evidence that parts of the Bible are based on actuality. That's like saying that GONE WITH THE WIND must be a true story because there was a Civil War and Atlanta did indeed burn.
If Jesus does not exist and did not die for our sins, then we are helpless, hopeless, and lost for all time. I can't imagine feeling like that.
That's just a feeling, not anything based in fact. Why are you switching from logic to emotion? I respect believers that "feel" that the Bible is true and that Jesus died for their sins and admit that the evidence is not there. But you want to have it both ways by saying the proof is there and it just feels right.
As far as saying things that you deem "disrespect" to things holy, many of us cross that line, but it is common to do so in the name of freedom of speech and it has become commonplace to be "disrespectful" in order to have a message heard. I doubt too many of us would interupt a church ceremony to declare that it's all a load of crap. I can agree to an extent that guzzling the wine at a JW Memorial is disrespect, but each of us must choose our limitations on our own.