I want to say thanks to those that have blazed the trail for others to become former Jehovah's Witnesses.
Many were disfellowshipped or disassociated, some stopped going to meetings before "faders" existed. Many had no internet or any way of gathering with others who left the JW's. They were mostly on their own. Later, the likes of Randy Watters and Ray Franz gave many a sense of a group conscience with their efforts and writings. I don't want to leave out other important writers and 'pioneers' of getting out. But no matter how hard I try, I would not be able to list all of them. Others can add a special thanks to anyone they think of on this thread. A special thanks to Carl Olof Jonsson and James Penton for their trailblazing books. Thanks to all those who went before us.
Thanks to Barbara Anderson for realizing important truths and bringing them to the attention of others. Thanks to the people at Silent Lambs for their efforts to reveal problems. Great changes that were needed seemed to come from whistle-blowers with much to lose. Thanks to all of them that went before us.
In finding the internet community, I stumbled across many websites and youtubes. Thank you to all those that went before us with exposing the truth about 'the lie.' I already mentioned Randy. There's also our friends at jwfacts and JWN itself. There were forums before this one that didn't last but did a tremendous job of revealing treachery in Watchtower literature and in the organization. Thanks to all those that went before us.
Within this forum, many were a great help and are no longer posting here. Garybuss was one who helped me immensely, Johnny Cip was another, but there are more. Thanks to all of them.
Many who were here before me are still here. Thanks to all of them. I could never remember every name, but Blondie stands out. Because this is not a popularity thread, please don't try to name everyone who makes a difference, but feel free to mention the most helpful one or two that helped you and allow the rest to just accept this THANK YOU for going before others to make a difference in our paths on the way out of JW's.
A great thanks to family and friends that never were JW's who knew it was not 'the truth' before I knew and waited with welcome arms.
Thank you to all that helped me and others to find the way out of Watchtower and did it for the good of all.
Thank you to the rest of you for reading and maybe contributing to this thread.
I am no longer "On The Way Out" as I am fully out. But that's my name here. Today, I will be "Jerry in Chicago." Thanks.