Gumby posted a comment about WT's disfellowshipping policy. I checked with him where it was from, and this is the source reference:
Baptized persons who have not associated for some time.
If you learn of serious wrongdoing on the part of such a person, the matter should be investigated if it poses a threat to the congregation's cleanness and welfare or causes a public scandal.Consider the following:Depending upon length of inactivity and other factors suggested above, elders may determine to hold the matter in abeyance.Does he still profess to be a Witness? Is he generally recognized as such in the congregation and/or the community? Does the person have a measure of contact or association with the congregation so that a leavening, or corrupting, influence exists? How did the matter become known to the elders?Is the person willing to meet with a committee, thus admitting accountability to the Christian congregation?In such a case, a record of the person's questionable conduct should be made for the congregation file so that everything noted might be clarified when the person shows interest in becoming active again.If the sinful conduct is known only to believing family members and no congregation action is taken because of the factors outlined above, believing relatives will likely determine to curtail family association severely, viewing the relative as bad association. (1 Cor. 15 :33) If the individual still professes to be a Witness and is willing to meet with the judicial committee, the matter should be handled in the normal way. However, when factors such as possible legal action exist, it is best to consult the Society before proceeding. (w87 9/1 p. 14) ("Pay Attention to Yourselves and to All the Flock" Unit 5 (a) pp. 99-100)
I thought the second-last paragraph was significant:
If the sinful conduct is known only to believing family members and no congregation action is taken because of the factors outlined above, believing relatives will likely determine to curtail family association severely, viewing the relative as bad association. (1 Cor. 15 :33)
The Society vehemently denies claims, e.g. made forcibly in the Moscow court cases, that it breaks up families.
Yet here are direct, specific instructions from the Watchtower Society that "believing family members" should shun "as bad association" family members "who have not associated for some time," even if they were never disfellowshipped or disassociated.
How sick are these guys?