I have also returned.....

by SanFranciscoJim 19 Replies latest jw friends

  • smack

    I this the Jim that fixes stuff?

    Hi Jim


  • SanFranciscoJim

    Matty said:

    ....haven't joined on account of me not being gay. Do you have to be to join?

    Certainly not, Matty! We have many non-gay ACB supporters. In fact, while I was toning down the colors of the message board, I added a new forum for straight friends (not that you're not welcome to post on all the boards, though).

    By the way, next week, we're having the 5th international ACB conference in New Orleans. The conference web site is at: http://www.geocities.com/acbconference4/ - All exJWs are welcome to attend.

    Smack asked:

    I this the Jim that fixes stuff?

    Fixes what? Ummm....I don't think so. I am not mechanically inclined, but if you need stuff broken....

  • Swan

    Welcome Back Jim!

  • Seven

    wb jim

  • talesin

    Welcome Back,Jim!

    Thanks for sharing your story, the number of people on this board who have survived such hard times with grace and dignity is amazing to me.


  • SanFranciscoJim

    Just wanted to say a quick "thank you" to everyone who has reached out to make me feel welcome on this board once again.



    Hey Jim, looks like the feeling, thus far is unanimous: welcome back.

    Hugs a plenty!

  • observador

    Welcome back Jim.

    I was reading your story and found it interesting. The part when you say your student laugh a little louder was hilarious.

    But what a surprise I had when I clicked this link http://www.gayxjw.org/censor.html and read about the picture of the knowledge book.

    So you believe that the picture of same-sex folks embracing is subliminal? What a stretch of imagination, Jim.

    No doubt when JWs go to that site and see the link above think 'Ahh, now I know why this guy was disfellowshiped'. No wonder.

    Jim, tell me you don't believe that, please. These guys took many years of your life from you, but don't allow them to take away your sanity.


    Here is the "offending" picture:

    if not shown below click here to see

  • outnfree

    Welcome back, SFJim!

    Good hearing from you!

    BTW, Are you anywhere near New Milford, PA? Private Message me if you are. We might be able to meet up sometime...


  • SanFranciscoJim

    Observador said:

    So you believe that the picture of same-sex folks embracing is subliminal? What a stretch of imagination, Jim.

    To be honest, yes I do believe the picture is subliminal - it is all a matter of perception, and who is viewing the illustration. If you are heterosexual, I have no doubt that you would find the above statement a stretch of the imagination. However, as a gay man, I believe the concept is much easier to grasp. The first time I saw the illustration, it reminded me of a scene from the gay-themed movie "Long Time Companion" much more than a Watchtower publication.

    Furthermore, the sublimation in the illustration may have been deliberate. I can neither confirm nor deny the sexual orientation of the illustrator, because I have no idea who the illustrator was. However, considering the number of ex-Bethelites who are a member of A Common Bond, as well as private correspondence I've received from gay men who were at Bethel, I would not be at all surprised if the illustrator in fact is gay, and deliberately illustrated same-sex couples embracing.

    On a different topic:

    Outnfree asked:

    Are you anywhere near New Milford, PA?

    I looked New Milford up on the map, and it would be about a three hour drive for me. That's not to say I wouldn't make the trip to meet other exJWs, though....

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