"Thank God I'm Athiest" podcast. Episode #325. So similar to JW experiences!
Episode 325 of "Thanks God I'm Athiest" has a great segment that is so reminiscent of JW Judicial committee judgement!
Starting at approx. 51 minute mark, the guys highlight the example of a Mormon lady who faced their equivalent judicial judgement for "apostasy" for "not being obedient, and negatively speaking publicly" about her ordeal.
It also highlights the culture of their insular community (so similar to JWs insular community!)
She even recorded her private judicial meeting where her sanctions were handed down.
It is worth listening to! It is so similar to things that many of us have gone through!
I listened in last night. For those of you who aren't able to wait 51 minutes, I'll fill you in. A Mormon woman was done wrong by her husband (he was having an "emotional affair" with another woman). They filed for divorce. Distraught by the breach of trust and in need to process what was going on, she confided in her friends (all fellow Mormons). However, the lady would have these back room meetings with her "bishop" (not sure what the clergy terms are in the LDS) where he would advise her to SHUT. HER. MOUTH. She was not to mention her husband's transgression and the collapse of their marriage to anyone. She said she had no one else to talk to, though. And that was exactly the bishop's point.
Her need to acknowledge her marital breakdown was seen as "causing divisions" in their congregation. She was asked to follow the example of her ex-husband, who - naturally - was keeping tight-lipped about the situation. It was easy for her ex husband not to talk about it - he was his own red face to hide in shame after being caught.
When one of her close friend's reported her to the church hierarchy for still speaking about her hurt feelings, she was hauled into the back room yet again. This time, she recorded it. The bishop revoked her temple rights, or something, which sounded like the equivalent of being reproved. The idea is to shame the wayward Mormon - one strike away from being ex-communicated. This harsh treatment of her was what prompted the woman to research her group and realize that they can keep her "temple rights" and go to hell. She was up and out of there for good.
Yes, that poor woman was also told that failing to listen obediently to their direction was tantamount to APOSTASY!
How familiar does that sound to us as ex witnesses?!
"Listen, obey and be blessed" (or don't listen, don't obey, and face judicial punishment, slander and exile from your family)
@stuckinarut2 Oh yeah, I forgot about that! She was "done" for...
dum, dum, duuuuuummmmm: BRAZEN CONDUCT. Not heeding her superior's "counsel"!
How dare she rock the boat.