"JW's is very well aware of the JW rules"- NO, they are not nor are they told in no uncertain terms exactly what the rules are. When my jw joined up he was not told about all the rules. As for shunning he was told 'some' people may shun but it is very rare. Through time in the borg he found out that shunning is 'loving' and all the further brain washing speak and now thinks it is 'helpful' to families. How damn screwed up is that?!
If jw's were honest at the doors they would say something like this- Would you like to join our group? we have our own interpretation of the bible and not only that but we have rewritten it in places we don't agree with. We expect the following from you if you join-
We will control how you-
spend your time
your sex life
what you watch,music and what you can read
who you associate with
who you may talk to
no holidays or other celebrations we deam wicked
how many pillows you may have (ha, just kidding had to add that)
this is just a start of how we will control your life. Should you break any of those rules you will suffer the consequences which may result in some or all of the following:
bullying by the elders to get you to comply
the silent treatment from the congregation (you have been marked)
shunned by all
These are just a few of the consequences.
So, should we sign you up?
That would be an honest spiel at the doors.
Any negative press about jw's is good press. Bring it on