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9 joe_from_kokomo in
most witnesses do not vote, and have not done so for many years, although strictly speaking current watchtower policy does not forbid voting in a political election, but rather leaves it as a matter of conscience.
so, it is up to each witness to decide for themselves if it is ok to vote or not.
6 joe_from_kokomo in
after reading what e-watchman posted, i feel inspired.
i would like to propose a general purpose picket of bethel to happen on the nissan 14 (can anyone tell me what day that falls on this year?).
bill bowen and everyone from silent lambs can come and protest on behalf of abused children.
7 joe_from_kokomo in
some of you have pm'd me while i was away from this site, wanting to know how everything worked out after sending in our baptism nullification letters to the local kh and the society.
(search on baptism nullification to find these postings if you want the details, even a sample of the letter we used).. well, in a word: great.
55 joe_from_kokomo in
it's been a while since i posted last, even though i probably still suffer with a newbie status, i did some dandy postings a few months back.
my wife and i are now approaching the 1 year anniversary of our split with the wtbts, and are quite happy with our decision.. one thing we did last year was to write to the u.n directly (i think i got the address from a posting here on this site) and asked specific and direct questions about the wts's involvement and knowledge of ngo requirements.
10 joe_from_kokomo in
you have probably heard the excerpt in a talk at your kingdom hall.
it has been inserted in more than one outline, and although it sounds pretty dated by now, it is still in use.
we started attending in 1995 (we're out now), but i can recall hearing this same story told at least 5 or 6 times by different brothers in their sunday morning talk:.
1 joe_from_kokomo in
in a recent article from christianity today, they quote that christians are more "mobile" today, and they pack up and go somewhere else whenever they so choose.
(although i know quite a few who are too psychologically immobilized to do this.
according to their article found here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2003/003/19.7.html, 32% of jws left and 39% joined.
15 joe_from_kokomo in
well, after our baptismal nullification letter, most of the witnesses snub us when we bump into them.
saw a snooty sister from my own book study, and she pretended i was the invisible man.. so, i decided to do a "maverick" and have launched a top secret email campaign to help raise the news iq of my former witness friends and family.. i have created a dummy email account at a major portal and i am bccing all my old witness friends and relatives (mostly relatives) hyperlinks to the juicy news articles on jws and the un, jws and child abuse, etc.
i put a simple subject line and a simple one line "read this article" followed by a hyperlink to the newspaper article.. it has been very effective.
5 joe_from_kokomo in
i was shocked to learn yet again of more hypocrisy on the part of the wts with regard to human rights agreements in bulgaria.
from what i have learned from a july 2000 article on the uk guardian newspaper web site and from subsequent info found on the association of jws for reform on blood web site, .
29 joe_from_kokomo in
dear friends: .
however, it appears to have been effective, as i have not heard a peep from anyone at bethel or the local elders either.
from our point of view, we are now free of the entrapments of the watchtower cult, and i feel that it is important to share this with those of you who may need an alternative to the two "official" methods of leaving: disfellowshipping or disassociation.
6 joe_from_kokomo in
this one may not qualify as a "fully-twisted" scripture, in the sense that so many others are more twisted and more misused, and more transliterated.
but, i did run across a scripture that is incorrectly translated in the new world translation i felt it needs to be brought to light.