Pale.Emperor » She asked me if i was going to ever "return to Jehovah". I said no, never. Then she visited Paul (and elder in the congregation). She asked Paul what she should do. She doesn't want to shun me and thinks its not right. Paul told her "dont worry about it". He said that announcement was wrong and doesn't expect anyone to follow it. And it'll probably be forgotten."
Am I reading this right? If I had left, I don't think I'd use the term "return to Jehovah." I might have said, "You have any intention of going back?" Also, what's "Katie" doing by then going to an elder in the congregation and asking what she should do? Sounds like she was seeking counsel. It may be just me, but are you sure she's all the way out?
Shunning is, to me, the single greatest evil this religion engages in -- worse even than the insipid blood doctrine. By telling active dubs that their eternal welfare depends on them doing what they're told, they're exercising frightening dominion over people.
So what would have happened if the elder had said, "Absolutely not! You're not to have anything to do with Pale.Emperor feller!"
I just find it curious.