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Why do you consider the Jehovah’s Witnesses a dangerous cult?

by Brenda Lee 22. May 2009 09:35

First, I’d like to acknowledge that Jehovah’s Witnesses are people with lives and loved ones, just like you and me.  They are not merely a label.  I know; I used to be one, and I resented when someone called me a “Jehova.”  Once I left the group and did a lot of research on thought reform and mind control, however, I realized that Jehovah’s Witnesses are being psychologically held hostage within a cult, a cult created in the late 1800’s by a single man, Charles Taze Russell.  (Mr. Russell dubbed his followers the International Bible Students, who later became known as Jehovah’s Witnesses, currently run by The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society in New York.)  

There are also many definitions for the word “cult”; therefore, my opinion of what constitutes a cult is based upon collective definitions provided by cult experts worldwide:  Cult:  Any authoritarian group that uses thought reform, coercive persuasion, deception and fear to manipulate and control its members.  

 

To the average person, the Watchtower organization appears benign, but it uses crippling fear to control its members, operating under authoritarian control, with the threat of excommunication/shunning (I have been shunned by my family and the Jehovah Witness community for the last 29 years.)  In addition, the religious leaders typically have no accredited pastoral or theological schooling and the members are taught that the directions of God are received by a select few in New York and to disagree with them is to challenge God himself.  Questioning what is taught, even if it involves the sexual abuse of a child, can be grounds for excommunication and shunning.  The Watchtower runs, at a minimum, a multi-million dollar tax-free international corporation utilizing a free sales force and governs nearly every aspect of its 7 million members’ lives.  The long-reaching impact of association with them is felt not only by those who subscribe to their teachings but also by extended family members who never attempt to join its ranks.  An example of the latter remains vivid in my mind, even today.  I remember when my mother sat me down at age nine and told me I could never speak to our relatives again because “Satan might be using them to keep us from learning The Truth.” Our disassociation with them clearly impacted their lives, as well as our own, even though they never became Jehovah’s Witnesses.

 

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Book Review: I'm Perfect, You're Doomed by Kyria Abrahams

by Brenda Lee 3. May 2009 10:29

Kyria's book, I'm Perfect, You're Doomed, is a bittersweet recipe of the author's excruciating adolescence combined with scorpion-piercing wit that may leave the average reader wondering:  "Should I laugh or cry?"  I found the book simultaneously sardonic while grossly disturbing.  Because I too was once a Jehovah Witness teen who considered suicide as a means to escape the Watchtower's strangehold, but instead self-medicated through introspective humor, the undertones of falling prey to a dysfunctional lifestyle upon leaving a dysfunctional family were eerily but predictably unavoidable.  The fact that Kyria has successfully shared her account with a flip of her strategic finger is indicative that she is on the road to recovery, purging the venomous sting of her painful past.  I'm Perfect, You're Doomed is definitely not for cultic narcissists.  Go Kyria, my "prodigal" sister.

Brenda Lee

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