A big welcome both to betrayed and Low-key Lysmith!
I think Low-key said something interesting:
The fact that I had listened to The Doors on occasion was brought up as a reason for my ousting. Crazy accusations of fornication, incest, violence, devil worship, the list goes on & on. I am a much better person now.
I left in September 2003 because I figured out that the religion was false. It was extremely difficult to do, and it really hurt to come to that realization. But during this time, all the so-called "friends" could do was accuse me of being selfish, sinful, the spawn of Satan, etc, etc. It was really eye-opening to see how precious little compassion is in that organization.
I agree with Low-key. I know I am a much better person now. Being a Witness actually inhibits a person from being truly good.
Betrayed, you have some tough times ahead in terms of working through the emotions. But you will make it. You've got a lot of people that can identify with you here, and a lot of good information at your fingertips. I also heartily recommend that you read Ray Franz' book, Crisis of Conscience. It is excellent - eye-opening, but also warm and inspiring.
Keep your chin up.