Thinking of becoming one of Jehovah's Witnesses?
On page 109 of Steve Hassan's first book, 'Combatting Cult Mind Control', he advises that people ask the representative of the group the following series of questions:
"How do you feel about former members of your group? Have you ever sat down to speak with a former member to find out why he left the group? If not, why not? Does your group impose restrictions on communicating with former members?"
Hassan goes on to say:
"This is one of the most revealing sets of questions you can ask any cult member. Any legitimate organization would never discourage contact with former members. Likewise, legitimate groups would support any member's decision to leave, even though they might not like it. Destructive cults, on the other hand, do not accept any reasons for a person's departure no matter what they are. Likewise, cult groups make sure to instill fear in members, insuring that they stay away from critics and former members."