As a Matter of Conscience, I Am Resigning from the Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses

by Sail Away 83 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Sail Away
    Sail Away

    stuckinarut2

    Great thread.
    Im sure that sections of this can be used in a beneficial manner by many here in some form or another.
    If that is ok sailaway?

    Thank you all for your encouragement and support!

    Absolutely, stuckinarut2, copy away!

  • Sail Away
    Sail Away
    AudeSapere
    You may want to name the specific elders to list of those who may be held legally responsible for slander and harassment.
    I think is now mostly conducted on a local level. HQ can't be bothered. The local elders don't want to be hung to dry.
    Just my $0.02.
    -Aude.

    I thought of that, AudeSapere, but I haven't set foot in the KH in over four years. Ours was a congregation that always needed to import new elders, ministerial servants, pioneers, etc. It was like a revolving door. Everyone in the two congregations is related in one way or another-- to much inbreede, IMO. I do need to confirm the names of the respective congregation secretaries.

  • Thursday
    Thursday
    I meant to bookmark it, apologies, but can someone link me to the thread where it linked to the exhibit from the RC on requesting a copy of your personal file from your country's headquarters?
  • sparrowdown
    sparrowdown

    Imagine what would happen if everyone that left sent a letter like this.

    Vive le revolution!!

  • stuckinarut2
    stuckinarut2

    Sparrowdown: Imagine what would happen if everyone that left sent a letter like this.

    Vive le revolution!!

    Well I would bet that the harsh comments printed (of negativity toward faders and those who leave) would dry up pretty quick!

  • sparrowdown
    sparrowdown

    Oh yeah, they are just bullies in a suit and tie.

    Sometimes all it takes is a few to storm the barricades and the rest will find their courage to do the same.

  • SimonSays
    SimonSays

    Bravo, you guys keep up the good work, anyone else has a letter they care to share.

    Examples of such religious practices may include a formal announcement of my non-member status before the [named] Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, shunning, intentional infliction of emotional distress, harassment, slander, invasion of privacy, etc. Should you engage in any such conduct towards me, I will immediately and fully utilize all legal means to stop those acts. Any and all of the above-named parties may be held jointly and severally responsible.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_association

    But then in Braunfeld v. Brown (1961) the Supreme Court seemed to suggest that the Free Exercise Clause might sometimes constitutionally mandate exemptions. And in Sherbert v. Verner (1963), the Court expressly adopted the constitutional exemption model, under which sincere religious objectors had a presumptive constitutional right to an exemption. Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972) reaffirmed this, and the period from 1963 to 1990 is often labeled the Sherbert/Yoder era of Free Exercise Clause law.

    http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/2015-state-rfra-legislation.aspx

  • dissonance_resolved
    dissonance_resolved
    Good for you! Being completely free sounds fantastic- keep us posted how it goes.
  • Half banana
    Half banana

    Well done Sail away--- go out with a bang!

    I was thinking that all JWs should be given the opportunity to know their rights on this matter.

    Then there would be many more ready to leave knowing that the law and human rights are on their side. It is the fear of reprisals which keep the "conscious class" in.

  • happy@last
    [email protected]

    I DA'd on principal also a few years ago, it certainly opens your eyes to the shunning! I think though if people choose to shun me I don't want to know them as they can't act as decent humans.

    It feels so much better not having anyone hoping I will return or calling me up, having to look over my shoulder etc..

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