As most of you already know, the Jehovah's Witnesses are covering an article in their August Kingdom Ministry to be discussed the weeks of 8/19 and 8/26 which details how they are to shun and avoid those who are no longer members of their organization, even immediate family members.
Undoubtedly this article has been written to reinforce to the rank&file Jehovah's Witnesses the shunning policy, so as to tighten the ranks and prevent members from having the opportunity to learn the abundant contradictions and hypocrisies found within Watchtower doctrine and practice from any who may have left.
This policy also serves to divide families and attempt to shame or abuse those whom have chosen to no longer be Jehovah's Witnesses, for whatever reason.
That much is obvious.
In recent days this topic has been discussed in detail in various threads.
The reason I was posting it was I wanted to ask.. how many people on this board have suffered because of this? How many individuals who are no longer Jehovah's Witnesses and participate on this webboard have been personally affected?
I myself have lost any and all contact with my brother or my nephew. My mother speaks to me very rarely and when she does she attempts to belittle me by saying that I am an apostate and a disappointment. The entire group of friends that I grew up with that were Jehovah's Witnesses no longer associate with me, since they follow WT rules and regulations. It is funny that they claim to be the most loving people on earth, yet within one day they can write you off as if they never knew you, even if you were friends for many years.
They go door-to-door and preach their message DEMANDING that others respect their beliefs and listen to them. In fact, they DISRESPECT other's beliefs continuously by forcing themselves on people to attempt to convert them. Yet, when someone else has a differing belief and only asks to be respected in the same manner, that is something that they are not capable of. They resort to abusive practices to attempt to bully others into doing their bidding.
Anyway... I do not know how many will wish to respond to this thread, as it is a very emotional subject. Alas, I was wondering, how many others have been shunned or lost immediate family and friends over this?