Agreed with Sab and Outlaw that JWs learn to nitpick and judge nearly everything around them, especially people. Even though out for 7/8 years now, I still find myself being unfairly judgemental and nitpicky at times. I don't think it is my natural character or else I might not notice or have it bother me, but indeed is leftover from my indoctrination. I'm working on it.
Nick, you are treated differently because you are potential fresh meat. Growing up my best friend's father was never a JW. He would attend the memorial occassionally. Everyone would trip over themselves to love bomb the guy, it was pathetic really. Now contrast that with someone who used to be a JW and left - they are treated pretty much like poison. I still get those looks around this town, many years later.
I had no problem with what she believed until it started hurting someone
That's just it. Do we really care what one wants to believe, as long as it doesn't affect anyone else, right? But as soon as those beliefs go on the offensive it is a different matter. Hence, the conflict with broken families. Perhaps the "laissez faire attitude" you mentioned is healthier. I don't know. There is some anger and frustration there that I know can eat one up if they let it. Right now it has a hold of my leg.
First thing one has to learn is you can't snap them out of it with hate.
Absolutely, hate won't accomplish anything but negative results. I haven't had contact with my JW family members in about 5 years, because I don't know where to go from here. One thing I need to remind myself of is I was just like them at one point. Their actions today are one thing, what will their actions be tomorrow, or in a week, or next year? Maybe they'll start to question the WT too. One can only lovingly hope so.