Perhaps the way to look at it is that they have every right to their religious beliefs UNLESS they harm people or use mind-control. If they harm people, it is up to others to point that out.
I am thinking you have not read enough stories here....about people dying because of no blood transfusion. Hmmmm, can we say this is a good thing?
Or the shunning issue....mind control at its finest! Cut off all contact with someone labeled 'bad association' and you will be in Paradise. Reading the stories of people on the board and the way the shunning has harmed them is a major issue here.
Disfellowshipping--see the shunning issue. Same thing. A group of men decide that you "sinned", they tell you unless you are repentant and are willing to do things their way, you are out. All contact cut off from friends and family. Remember, as a good JW, you would have no "worldly" support system to help you through this trying time.
The fact that JW's discourage education and free thinking makes your point about "informed choice" moot. JW rank and file do not include educated, free thinking individuals. If you are a free thinker you are labeled an apostate.
Frankly, I do not care if I am intolerant of the JW's...they have cause too much hurt in my family. I am bombarded with JW crap anytime I see one of my relatives on my mothers side and it is too much. My catholic MIL does not bother me with catholic doctrine at every meeting. Why do JW's feel they have the right to continue to harrass me when I have made my beliefs known and have said I am not interested in returning? Because they are brain washed.
See the thread about 1975.