First I want to say happy new year to everyone here including you lurkers! I was able to get away with my whole family for Xmas and new years up to Maine away from everything. I mean everything and it felt great. I forgot how nice it is to "return to nature" and just enjoy life, family and friends for who they are. As you guys know, my parents were homophobic demons when they were in the JWborg and I was shunned. It is so nice to have them back! Now we are closer than ever and it feels great! Anyways, I was thinking about my life growing up as a JW and I compiled my list of the top 5 most dangerous teachings. Forgive if this has been a topic before but I couldn't find a top 5 list like this. Here is my list in order of evilness and danger. I counted at least 20 very dangerous teachings that should be enough for the AG to investigate this cult but narrowed it down to the top 5. Feel free to add or change it!
5.) Forbidding any research of biblical history, early JWborg history or anything outside of the WT library. In short, as a member of this cult, you must ask yourself why you are only allowed a sanitized version of history. The answer is that without removing the damning parts of history like Jerusalem being destroyed in 587 BCE and NOT 607 BCE, or Rutherford being a drunk, Russel being a Freemason and using pyramidology to predict dozens of "end of the world" dates, there would be zero basis for belonging to this cult. Like the Wizard of OZ said, "don't look at the man behind the curtain." Ask yourself why not. What is there to hide if it is "THE TRUTH"
4.) Forbidding of birthday celebrations, holidays, mother's day, father's day etc and participation in school activities. I know this was hard for me growing up in school. I was always the outcast, not being able to participate in the Christmas concerts like all the other kids. Hell, even the Jewish kids sang Xmas songs! But not me. Then the birthdays and every other holiday including THANKSGIVING. It creates a boundary of "us" vs "them" and we are to imply that we are better because of it and "they" are ignorant and clueless about what "god" wants. Yeah, CULT WARNING!
3.) Blood. The evidence is overwhelming that in an emergency situation, blood transfusions SAVE much more lives than it kills. Sure, in some limited situations, bloodless surgery is better for the patient because blood loss is NOT AN ISSUE. In short, I sense a major class action lawsuit coming that will knock this cult down and out and it has to do with thousands of JWborgs who have died as a result of listening to pseudo science of the 7 Fat Bastards in Brooklyn.
2.) Shunning. I know you would expect this to be number 1 on the list. (there is one even more dangerous!) Shunning is not only NOT scriptural, it has destroyed thousands of families and the sole purpose of this evil doctrine is to keep the rank and file in check. But it is beginning to backfire. I personally don't care if they change it or not. If they don't change it, the R&F will leave in increasing drips and drops, taking others with them and planting seeds of truth along the way. If they do change it, they will have 50% leave overnight. Depression, suicides and general anxiety. All because of one simple teaching, many JWborg, like myself were raised as a child in this cult. Get baptized at 12? Prepare to be shunned for your actions. You as a 12 year old should have known what you were doing! Don't get baptized at 12? Prepare to be shunned anyways by not being invited to gatherings. Let's review: It's a cult!
1.) You MUST obey the Governing body with everything, even if you don't understand why or if it makes no sense at all. Just OBEY. Do I honestly need to expound on this? I don't think so!
You have only one option: