Why must these people be figurative walls when talking about the lies of the JW cult?
The other day, I had a conversation with my mother. We started talking about the election and how the candidates differ (me being a supporter of Bernie). At some point when we started talking about Trump's intolerance of Muslims she had the audacity to say, "I just wonder what will lead to the ban on all religion."
I may as well have strangled her right there, but I instead told her that it wasn't in the power of the United Nations to even do such a thing. If they can't stop a genocide in Rwanda, how the f*ck can they ban religion worldwide? Who would agree to such a thing? Religion is still so implanted in so many people and nations. Brazil is strongly Catholic. Russia uses the Orthodox Church to influence its followers. It just isn't in the interest of the world to end religion, especially after all the mayhem it can result in. No leader would subject themselves to such a backlash. She said God will place it into the hearts of world leaders, to which I simply repeated what I said and how no one would even adhere to such a ruling, even atheists and non-religious people. It is simply an outright violation of the very foundations that the UN was founded on. Then she told me that history is filled with unexpected events, like the Russian Revolution. I told her the Revolution didn't change the people, nor did it last very long. The people rose up to end the system that was founded after the Revolution. Of course, she didn't agree, with a little, ugly smirk on her face. She said that the Bible prophesied it, so it'll happen. "Everything the Bible said will happen with happen" (Can someone tie me a noose?). I told her, "then why is the Bible so open to interpretation? If it is true and this will happen, why does everyone have a different interpretation of the Bible?" She said the Bible isn't open to interpretation, that it's clear and easily understood. Sigh.
Later, the conversation turned to my personal freedoms, how I'm not allowed to hang out with my friends. I told her how I loved them but I didn't respect their ideas that everyone not a member of the cult is evil and a drug dealer and has sex with every female they saw. I told her that I regret getting baptized because it was the stupidest decision I ever made. I criticized how the cult makes it important that children get baptized at a young age, yet these same kids can't get married early. What's the difference? Both decisions are life altering. I told her that it's ridiculous they'd make a child, like 11 year old me, to get baptized and dedicate their lives with the possibility of getting shunned by everyone. I told her I wasn't capable of realizing the consequences and the seriousness of such a decision. No child is. Of course, she didn't agree with that. As every JW tries to claim, these kids knew they'd be disfellowshipped if they sinned. I didn't even have anything to say to that, it was like talking to a wall; she would never understand.
She then told me that by deciding to go against the organization I was openly rebelling against them and proving to them that I didn't love them. I told her that that was a lie and that I love them very much for everything they've given me, but just because I don't have the same beliefs as them does not mean I don't love them. I told her I refused to follow such a controlling religion and refuse to be like her who simply reads what 7 guys in Brooklyn writes them and believes what they want her to believe, like that children who don't share your beliefs don't actually love you. I told her I refuse to worship men, especially hypocrites. I even told her about the Royal Commission and how one of the GB members said it was "presumptuous to say" that JWs believed to be the only representatives of God. She legitimately told me that she supports what he said, following along the lines of the "theocratic warfare" and justification of lying. I told her lying is lying, and that you can't ever excuse lying. The Bible says don't lie, so why do you lie? In the end she told me she doesn't care about what the organization does or has done, and that what's important is "God" and what the Bible says.
I swear, talking to these people is like talking to a wall. Why do I even bother?