Introducing Our Artist

This site has received some nice compliments and a few questions about its header graphics and contributors’ caricatures that we’ve used on this site. They are the work of Mike Patrick, a very talented young artist living in north central Oregon.

Mike is not a Jehovah’s Witness and never has been, but has been acquainted with a few in his past. Working along with me on this project he understands the purpose and theme of this website. He’s not a warrior for the cause, only a non-combatant contractor.

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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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The Garden of Eden

Editor’s Note: Gordon Smith (AKA Douglas Lee) is a UK based writer and online critic of the Watchtower Society.  Unlike many of his peers, Gordon tries to mine whatever humor can be found in the lives and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In the video below, Gordon takes a close look at the events as reported in the Holy Bible about mankind’s earliest beginnings. The fact is that most mainline Christian religions have relegated the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah’s Flood to nothing more than simple Sunday school fare for children. Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, still believe and preach that the Genesis accounts of “Creation” should be considered historically accurate and truthful. In fact, if the Watchtower’s teachings of Creation and Original Sin were ever modernized to agree with natural history and science, most of their other teachings would collapse.  So, is the story of Adam, Eve … Continue reading

Growing Up a Jehovah’s Witness

Editor’s Note: You met former Jehovah’s Witness Paul Grundy in an earlier article. For this video, Paul is assisted in the narration by “Lance,” another former JW (also known as “ExGileadMissionary”). As is typical of Paul’s work, he is dead-on with his facts, presenting them in a very straightforward and enlightening manner. Feel free to share this video with anyone who wants to know what it is like “growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness.” Although Paul is from Australia (you’ll know which voice is Paul’s by his pronounced “down-under” accent), his description of growing up during that fifty year time span describes exactly what life was like for most young JWs during that time period. Unfortunately, life as a Jehovah’s Witness really hasn’t changed much from that of the second half of the 20th Century. The question that no one seems to ask is “How much longer will this go … Continue reading