Long time no talk to. I first contacted you about 10 years ago when I lived in WV. MY wife has been a JW since 1981 and yes our kid's have been mentally abused into conforming to her beliefs. Our oldest son will soon be 20. Brilliant young man, Not just a fathers bragging either. He got 1420 on his SAT. Thank goodness "God" changed his mind in 1992 and decided it was okay for his "chosen ones" to attend college. Though my son does attend a local community college full time, he keeps "pioneer" hours to please the Elders. He was baptized in June of his Senior year in HS. He graduated 12th in his class of 300+. His graduation party was attended by one other student, a Witness of course, and a lot of Witness adults. How terribly sad. He has such a great personality, and not being able to share it with his peer's. He has virtually no friends outside the religion. How terribly, terribly sad. My next oldest is in 11th grade. She attends WT meeting's regularly. I am sure she will be baptized in her senior year in HS also. The youngest, a ninth grader, hasn't shown much interest in the religion. Doesn't attend meetings, etc. He is learning real fast that "special" rules exists when the opportunity to honor the WT presents itself. A situation last week provides an excellent example. He was grounded all week for sassing a teacher at school. No phone, no after school activities, no mall, no computer for a week. His best friends parents called and wanted to take him to supper with them one evening after school. His mother wouldn't allow it, "he is suppose to be grounded" was her answer. The very next day (curfew supposedly still in affect) a witness family called and wanted to take all the kid's to supper. Of course, no questions asked, he could go to that. When he got home, curfew back into affect. He is learning that pleasing mom and her Witness friends fetches him special privileges. All things are set aside, even discipline, when an opportunity to show honor to the WT or it's people presents itself.
I'll bet you have heard dozens of stories like this. There is little I can do about it. I tried applying a little weight, speaking out and such a few years back, and my wife pulled the ultimate. She went to the police station and filed an abuse grievance against me. Claimed I got drunk and spit on her. Mental abuse charges are a common technique employed by witness's against spouse's who tell their children the truth about the WT. But mental abuse accusations are not a strong case in Virginia. But spitting on a person is Assault and Battery in this state and you don't have to have any marks (brusies, etc) to support the claim. I was arrested and we went to trial. Needless to say it was my word against her's and the woman is always shown the benefit of the doubt. I was ordered to attend an anger management class, substance abuse testing, and I was to check-in with the county abuse worker (for lack of a better title) once a month for a year. The anger management class sucked as I had to attend it with some real low life's. The substance abuse testing/counseling revealed I had absolutely no substance problems whatsoever. The counselor requested of the Judge to re-look at this case as something was obviously wrong. After one "check-in" with the county abuse counselor and she heard my wife was a JW, surprisingly I didn't ever have to check back in again. Evidently she had encountered JW's previously. After the judge received all the reports back from the investigators/counselors he tossed out the verdict! My wife concocted the whole thing just to show me the power she had by manipulating the current laws. The wife told me she was glad I beat it but the next time she had to resort to such a maneuver she would make sure she had witness's!! I am sure she can find sisters at the Hall that would do her bidding. Lying under oath is absolutely no problem to a Witness.
I kind of stand back and make subtle suggestions to the kid's now. Witness's will resort to any evil necessary to stifle the truth. What a really filthy religion. Does it have any redeeming value whatsoever?
Also, all the witness I know have joined the Mormon's in selling a product called Tahitian Noni juice. That's right, the Witness's and the Mormon's. WOW. Together in multilevel (pyramid) marketing of a "miracle cure-all". I remember a time when the witnesses took great pride in stating how "non-worldly" they were. Can it get anymore worldly than doing multilevel marketing with maybe the nations most capitalistic/worldly/conservative/pro America religious organization, the Mormons! I remember when a Witness's despise of the Mormon's could only be compared to their despise of the Catholic's. I have seen my wife laugh Mormon's off our property when they showed up at our door during their service endeavors. Now they all get together in Orem, Utah at Morinda world headquarters for sales convention's, etc. I would love to see one of those convention's. I wonder if the Mormon's start the convention with a Pledge of Allegiance or by playing the National Anthem just to drive the Witness's crazy. A couple Mormon's own the corporation, therefore, the Witness's are working for them. Helping them finance the Mormon religion. HA, HA, HA.
My how times change.
Keep the truth coming. The WT organization just continues to get more and more evil.