Hi, Kittycuddler --
Last year I had some questions about whether or not the WT organization was easing up on its holiday rules for JW wives married to non-JW men. I had heard that there was an article in the Watchtower (December 2001) that might lead one to think that their attitude was softening.
I posted a question about it here on the board, and someone very kindly posted the whole article, along with comments.
If you want to see that thread, it is at:
I am not one of Jehovah's Witnesses, but I became interested in finding out more about them about 12 years ago when I first started having JW visitors at my door. I knew that most Christians consider them to be a cult. For instance, if you walk into any Christian bookstore and check the section on cults, you will find books about the Watchtower.
But what I found out is that this is so much more then just questions of theology or Bible interpretation. As I watched videos and read books and talked to ex witnesses, I was moved to tears by the heartbreaking stories of:
families torn apart because of shunning
unnecessary deaths because blood was prohibited
blindness because corneal transplants were forbidden (this doctrine was changed)
I don't post things on this board very often because I was never a JW and I think it is more of a support forum for exJW's or people like you with relatives who are JW. But I drop in and read the messages fairly often, and I still find posts that are heartbreaking.
This is a very high control, abusive religion, and you probably know that it is vehemently anti-Catholic. I hope that you will find help here and ideas for how you can keep the lines of communication open with your mom.
The reason I suggested that article is that, since she IS married to a non JW, I think maybe some of the things in the article might apply to her. But you would have to ask others here what they think, since I am reading the article as a complete outsider.