Racism in Watchtower Publications

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the Watch Tower Society is completely beyond reproach when it comes to issues surrounding racism and racial equality. When attending a meeting, convention, or assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses, one is instantly impressed at the intermingling and harmony between people of all ethnic backgrounds. Unfortunately, achieving this level of racial harmony has been just as “bumpy” for our organization as it has been for many others

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Field Service: Then and Now

I was enthusiastic about going out in field service. Even though I was only eight, I didn’t fear strangers or what other people might think about Jehovah’s Witnesses. By the age of nine, I was not only drinking Kool-Aid for my lunch at home, I was also swallowing the Watchtower’s version at the Kingdom Hall. At ten I was a totally committed and active “publisher.” For me the thought of cheating on hours never crossed my mind – simply because I knew that Jehovah would know that I lied and I’d end up a “crispy critter” at Armageddon. “Cheating” just wasn’t worth it.

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There’s Never Any Pony!

Introducing Terry Walstrom, an accomplished commentator on the current state of affairs within the Jehovah’s Witness religion. This adaptation of one of his recent forum posts highlights the often unfortunate reality of listening to, and believing in, what the Watchtower organization teaches and promotes. Terry spent 20 years as an active Jehovah’s Witness, but ultimately found his years of dedicated effort and hopes for a better future totally fruitless. Read his interesting take on what it’s like for an ex-Witness to meet face to face with a current member.

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Going to the Public Talk

Unfortunately, “Public Talks” do not really live up to their name. Very few, if any, strangers or neighbors will just walk in and attend a meeting. Except for a few special occasions, Jehovah’s Witnesses rarely pass out handbills for these 30-minute time wasters. Infrequently there will be a special “public talk” advertised  (as happened in 2011 after the April 17th Memorial Celebration), but these “public talks” are still directed to the brothers – not to non-Witnesses. In fact, if strangers happen to walk into a Kingdom Hall just out of curiosity to sit and listen, the odds are high that the brothers will look at them suspiciously as potential “troublemakers” or “apostates.” Most assuredly, someone (probably an elder) will greet them and then stay close to them throughout the entire session – just in case…

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