Please excuse me for long-winded ranting. I know, as do most of us here that "love" is not something that the JDub's are known for except in their deluded, feeble minds.
I can handle their hypocrisy when it is directed at me, but when it is aimed at family who for decades have genuinely been the type of JW that the Watchtower presents to the public, and when it is motivated by pure hate, THEN I get pissed!
My mother was dunked in the 1940's and my father in the 1950's. My father held positions of responsibility at all levels of JWdom up to the district level. My mother was a full-time pioneer. On top of that they were the picture of hospitality and generosity. Their home was always open to those who found themselves in need. Their ears ready to listen and not judge. Their shoulders ready to support a sad and crying person. In all ways they were the epitome of what a true follower of Jesus should be. They were also the best parents any child could have. IMO.
On top of all that they WORKED. My mom was self-employed, my father was employed by a international corporation. Both invested wisely and lived below their means. As a result they had finances to travel locally and internationally, to gift their children when needed, and to anonymously gift others, including those who were not JW's. As an example they read about a poor family whose three year old daughter had died. That family had no way to provide a decent burial for her. My parents paid for the entire cost of the funeral and burial, anonymously. Even though because of jealousy and pettiness my father had been booted out as an eldurr he and my mother purchased outright land for a new kingdom hall, which due to infighting on the eldurr body was never built, the land sold and the money sent to New York. They saw nothing for their efforts.
As a direct result of the unchristian idiot actions in that area they moved. Once again, late in life they began the climb up the JW ladder of acceptance in their new location. This was not done in any way to gain recognition for themselves. It was the "natural" result of their still living as Christlike Christians.
Sadly though as they aged and slowed down all those good qualities were for nothing any longer. My mother developed Alzheimer's related dementia and as one eldurr told me, "is an embarrassment to the congregation. It would be nice if she just went to sleep and died in her sleep."
Because my father lovingly took care of her himself, instead of institutionalizing her, he once again was booted to the curb as being too old and not "putting kingdom interests first." A result of the caregiver stress was that he got short tempered with people, especially those phony JW's who couldn't be bothered to lift a finger to ease his burden, but sure could point those fingers at him when he didn't make a meeting, or get enough hours in the recruitment work.
Neither one of them bought into the tablet craze. For that they were ridiculed as being behind the times and not keeping up with Gee-HO-vahs chariot. They were further ostracized. At that tiime my mother in one of her lucid moments made the comment, "If this JW religion was around in the forties I NEVER would have become one!" At that time my father also shut off the money faucet and quit contributing.
Now just recently my mother died. After more than sixty years together my father is alone. While I do all I can it is a real irritation to see those oh-so-loving HYPOCRITES drive by my parents home on the way to worship their God at their kingdom hall ONLY FOUR BUILDINGS away from my parents home and NEVER smile, wave, or stop! NEVER a phone call inquiring as to how my now grieving, elderly father is doing. As he said he could die and no one from the hall would know or care!
I know there are some who will comment they got what they deserved. You have that right. I know there are some who will question why I still live over one thousand miles away. You also have that right, and I have my reasons. All I can say for now is I hope that IF there is a god he will payback ten-fold the misery these hypocrite JW's have heaped on my parents, and now my father!