Thanks Flipper for writing about Steven Hassan's latest book. Hopefully it will help JWs (and exJWs) from continueing to be victimized by their Watchtower induced phobias. Have you thought about starting another thread of listing Watchtower induced phobias?
Why do people refer to the Watchtower as a religion? Does referring to the Watchtower as a religion perpetuate its phobias over JWs and former JWs? It is a dangerous organization or high-control group that prints and distributes propaganda and is a real estate holding corporation.
Definition of propaganda from Wikipedia: is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.
Can anyone prove that the Watchtower presents multiple perspectives of an issue or encourages JWs to do independent research of Watchtower doctrine?
Steve Hassan's books helped me to reaffirm my feelings that the Watchtower was something much worse than a whacky religion, and allows me to present simple and sustinct reasons to justify my beliefs to others.
Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,