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So I go to The Jehovah's Witness Information Center and find a bunch of links. Some of these links are even 'support for former witnesses'... apparently they need support?
And there is a link named Support Group for Ex Jehovah's Witnesses and under it says "You are not alone...".
The link ostensibly points to http://www.support4xjws.org but clicking the link takes you to an 18+ webcam page.



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Jul. 28th, 2002 12:14 pm (UTC)
I got over being one years ago...
Jul. 28th, 2002 01:44 pm (UTC)
Are you an ex-witness? Here I thought it was just me. Still haven't quite found the energy to return the mounds of literature I have, or the heart to throw it all away. Geh. S'pose someone could start an LJ community... wouldn't that just be exciting.
Jul. 28th, 2002 01:47 pm (UTC)
Waugh, they're here already. Damn, back when I was a publisher, they were frowning on the whole Ninternet concept.
Jul. 28th, 2002 02:09 pm (UTC)
Nah, I'm not an ex anything. I wasn't raised with a religion.
It had just occured to me lately that I don't know anything about JW, but I know some about just about ever other christian denomination.. and most of them I've been to their churches.
But I didn't know anything about JW, which stuck me as odd given that my closest friend from about 6th through 10th grade was a JW and I spent a *lot* of time in her house and around her family.

So I was looking for some information beyond the forbiddance of blood and some vague mention of elders or passing out watchtowers. Most of what I end up getting are lame jokes and very very *very* biased sites, for or against. I'm just pretty obnoxiously curious about religion and spirituality. ::nods::
Jul. 28th, 2002 10:47 pm (UTC)
I was hard-core for a few years; baptized and door-to-door and conventions and everything. Got to live with a family of Witnesses. I think I've got a pretty good handle on the scene, and relatively unbiased. If you ever are curious.
Jul. 29th, 2002 09:37 am (UTC)
The thing is... I have people whos brains I could concievably pick... but I really don't want to bug them. I mean really really don't want to.
It's not a *dire* information situation anyway. I'm just curious.

Like I said to a friend last night, it's usually when I stop actively looking for these things (and give up on the idea that it's just a church conspiracy to keep non believers from the truth or .. hehehe.. whatever fiction I'm working under at the time.. ) that they fall into my lap.

But well, I do have questions about this post here...
You went to JW on your own? It wasn't a family thing? How old were you? What was the impetus?

Heh.. and what do you mean by "relatively unbiased" ?
Truth be told... I'd rather get info from someone who's biased FOR instead of AGAINST. I can do my own critical thinking and pull out what I find useful and discard what I don't find useful. It's more difficult to pull out the bare bones from someone who is definitely AGAINST, as personal dislike tends to heavily color what they have to say in a way that makes nigh on impossible to discern the actuality of things.

babble babble more babbling an little more babbling babble.
Jul. 28th, 2002 06:46 pm (UTC)
they don't drink coffee
i enjoy the jw's coming round.
nothing like a good religious debate.
Jul. 28th, 2002 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: they don't drink coffee
They drink coffee.
You're thinking of mormons, I think.

I enjoy them coming around too. But it's because I honestly ejoy reading Watchtower. ::shrug::

It's actually the mormon boys on their mission year that I have a problem with. I've never encountered a pairing who would just take 'no thanks' for an answer, which is a problem I've never had with the jehovah's witnesses.

Jul. 28th, 2002 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: they don't drink coffee!
mormons you say!
Jul. 28th, 2002 09:19 pm (UTC)
For anyone who doesn't infer this from your post, that site is in no way an "official" or otherwise authorized or sanctioned site, and most of the links there are anti-JW sites. Witnesses don't refer to anyone in their organization (new or existing) as "converts" for example, and there is no "Watchtower Religion" within the JW organization. I would strongly question any information you find on that site or its external links.
Jul. 28th, 2002 09:48 pm (UTC)
I was hoping that the people reading would uh .. get that... but I guess that's a pretty good disclaimer. ::smirk::

Everything there is anti-... Which is intersting in its way.. but I've still not found anything that's neither pro nor con and it just.. information.
The anti-sites twist everything to make is sound like a cult and the pro-sites don't say much beyond the word of jesus and walking the right paths and the glory of heaven and all that.
I didn't find the offical JW sites very helpful either.

I dunno.. still looking.
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