Cedars, work like this is invaluable to helping free minds. Thank you so much.
Something really bothered me all day and all last night about this horrific talk, besides even the disgusting message it presented in itself. And that was the feeling I got when I reflected back on how I felt about the disfellowshipping arrangement back when I was in captivity. Being raised in this indoctrination, I accepted the arrangement of excommunication out of ignorance. Yet deep down, I didn't like it. It felt wrong, but since I knew no better, like so many Jehovahs Witnesses, I simply chalked it up to "oh well, it's Jehovah's will....", sadly shook my head and went back to my own self-interests.
But this no good con artist Steven Bell has testicles the size of Jupiter's moons to then proceed to "comfort" JWs by claiming that this is something that a disfellowshipped person brought on themselves. By his logic, active shunning of an individual incurs positively ZERO responsiblity by the shunner.
And this is the part that really bothers me. Ashamedly, I participated in this vile practice of shunning, as ordered by my JW "superiors". I mistakenly felt at that time that it was the "sinner" who was getting their punishment. And with a smug sense of satisfaction and "spiritual superiority" I shunned and coldly-treated people who I had no right to treat that way.
BUT LET ME MAKE ONE THING CRYSTAL CLEAR, MR. BELL......
AT NO TIME EVER WHEN I ACTIVELY SHUNNED SOMEONE DID I FEEL THAT THE DISFELLOWSHIPPED INDIVIDUAL WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY SHUNNING THEM. I KNEW DAMN WELL WHAT I WAS DOING. I WAS DOING JEHOVAH'S "WILL". SHUNNING IS A DIRECT ACTION THAT THE SHUNNER INFLICTS UPON THE SHUNNED.
Damn you, Mr. Bell.