The Watchtower, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Education

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.

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A Young Man’s Decision

Part 1 of Mad Sweeney’s two part series on ‘The Watchtower, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Education.” Although this article is a fictional recreation of many real life stories, it is accurate in its details about the decisions that many young JWs were forced to make in the years prior to 1975.

Would they continue their education, learn a profession or technical skill and prepare for the rest of their lives? Or would they follow the Watchtower’s advice and prepare for Armageddon? For many older JWs, the choices that they made between 1968 and 1975 have forever established their adult lifestyles – many living on the edge with limited resources, no medical insurance, and few retirement funds.

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