I applaud the people in this thread who have tried reasoning with ViolentAnai.
Alas, have the majority of you forgotten what it was like to be an newly-baptized or active JW?
In most cases they possessed that "zeal" and honestly believed the JW had the "Truth" and no one could tell you different.
At that particular time you were not the least bit interested in anything critical anyone had to say against the religion, because you yourself had not experienced it.
This is a lesson Violet has to learn for herself over time with experiences with the JW.
She will live with rose-colored glasses on for a period of time, content in satisfying herself with the self-perceived notion she has found Pangea.
I fully expect her to probably lambast me here when she replies in this thread, but this is reality.
On another note, as many have already stated here, if you did your research.. which obviously you have not.. you would KNOW that the JW have declared MANY FALSE teachings. I have the annual bound volumes of Watchtower and Awake magazines from 1945 to 2000, and if you want glaring contradictions given in the literature from the society which allegedly speaks for God himself, you would discover that either God is a liar capable of vacillating and changing his mind every other year, or the WTBTS is a false prophet. You do the math.
To compound upon that, if you did your proper research on other religions, you would know that many, many other religions have so called "apostates" which loudly speak out against the doctrine of the religion they once believed.
You claim the JW have the most outspoken apostates. The reality is you are personally associated with the JW, and that clouds your judgement into being so certain that only JW apostates are the most prominent. Not only that, but Watchtower literature promotes the idea that the world as a whole pays such close attention to what is going on with the JW.. when in fact 6 million people out of almost 7 billion is trivial.
The general public knows LITTLE or NOTHING about JW. Get your act together Violet before you post garbage for other people to read.
It is not religious persecution for an informed person to expose publicly a certain religion as being false, thus allowing persons to see the difference between false religion and true religion.
WT 11/15/1963 page 688 paragraph 3