No one, 'absolutely no one,' can leave the organization and have any amount of respect or good name among JWs. They have to make you a "demon," to justify your leaving.
EXACTLY! We are fair game, and there is no way to fact check even if they wanted to, cuz they can't ask us. I don't know what rumors are flying about, but I could take some guesses, and they may be fairly accurate. I remembered one particular 'apostate' that I heard about 20 years before I met him. I found him here, and so went to see him. OMFSM! A COMPLETELY different person as had been portrayed to me for years. His reasons for leaving were completely misrepresented, and if the gossipers knew the truth of the matter, they'd be very ashamed.
I wrote a DA letter in October, but since they no longer announce DA or DF, I'm not sure how many realize it was my choice. I suspect this get's put into the gossip mill one way or the other.
LOL. I can just see the sisters now, discussing all the things I might have said or done, and what they REALLY meant, and tying to discern just when the demon entered my life. LOL