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.
This is the second part of Mad Sweeney’s articles on JWs and education. A young person contemplating college in the mid-1960s when the Watchtower published this article in the Awake! would be in his 60s now. Imagine the many thousands of people whose thoughts and emotions were manipulated and indoctrinated by this propaganda,and then fearfully avoided education as something “dangerous and detrimental.” How many of these young Jehovah’s Witnesses actually followed the Society’s advice? Far too many to count, we’re afraid. Where are they now? What are they doing? How are they faring financially?
Sweeney quotes directly from the Watchtower’s own publications to make his point. Hear the Society’s own representatives explain their illogical and damaging policy.
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.
So, young Jehovah’s Witnesses, do you think in order to serve Jehovah that your best move is to volunteer for service at the Brooklyn Bethel or in Patterson, New York? Most young JWs think so and many do apply for Bethel service.
But is Bethel the “holy headquarters” of Jehovah’s Witnesses? What’s it really like to rub elbows with officers of the Watchtower Society and the Governing Body? Dick Kelly describes his brief time as a Bethel volunteer and his face-to-face encounter with the Society’s then president, Nathan H. Knorr. Dick will assure you that he’s not alone in what he saw and experienced while he was there. His take on life at Bethel will expose facts about what really went on that may shock readers who think that serving there is really about being surrounded by and working with “loving” and “spiritual” brothers and sisters.