I have had a campaign for the past year to help my devout JW family "wrap their head around" my decision to leave the Organization.
It's been a delicate process and even with walking on egg-shells I still get some massive heat from them.
For starters, my family has a ripe "grape vine" if you know what I mean. The majority are completely fine using it to gather information while never actually speaking to the person in question.
It kind of feels like how African American's may have felt back before the Civil Rights Movement. If you were black then whatever you said or did was promptly used against you.
It's kind of the same way with people labeled "apostates" in the Watchtower Organization. Once they are suspicious about it, anything you say that isn't loaded with WT fan boy verbiage is twisted as an "attack."
The sad thing about it is how easily they put you on "Satan and the Demons' Side." As an ex-witness I know how Satan and the Demons are viewed: as the universes most sinister malicious beings. Any villain in any horror movie doesn't even compare to the malice of "Satan and his Demons."
It's emotionally devastating to know that my family so readily throws me into their "bottom of the barrel" so-to-speak.
However I am not going to stand down. I am not DF'ed or DA'ed yet and even though it can be very disheartening, I want to still "peck away."
And by that I do not mean bringing up doctrinal issues or pedophile scandles. I mean be the best damn person I can be, because I would do that anyway, it comes natural. And whenever I feel a situation presents itself I will take a shot at divulging my feelings on some matters and attempt to gain empathy.
So far, every attempt has been deemed a direct attack on their core system of values.
I aint givin' up.