Isolation is a key tool that is used by JWs to bring people in, and prevent those inside from leaving. The WTS also exploits peoples' fears by painting a bleak picture of promiscuity, STDs, unwanted pregnancies, drug addiction, etc. for those who leave the group.
DFing and DAing is another isolation technique - and it plays on a person's genuine fears of losing contact with loved ones.
My bet is that this is the road Dr. Phil will take when he deals with the cult issue
another brilliant post, Scully! I saw the show yesterday and I love how you summed it up. That post is a keeper for sure.
I hope that Dr. Phil has re-thought his position of not discussing religion, because he once said that politics and religion were two subjects he steered clear of because so much of it was subjective. But I have written to him more than once in the past about JW's, I wrote him about it back when he was on Oprah before he had his own show. Maybe now he will take a step, even if he doesn't mention the religion by name, just what they do, that will help people realize that the JW's are a cult because of what they teach.
I would think that Mario's story would definitely get their attention...the thing is that since they were both exjw's at the time the tragedy happened, would they tie it in with the cult issue? what do you guys think?