The Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses (AAWA) announced on May 30th the release of a new video that describes the ways the Watchtower uses horrific imagery to indoctrinate children of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Here is the link to original article on AAWA.co:
New AAWA videos highlight Watchtower’s child abuse record
Since the 1920s The Watch Tower Society has used terrifying illustrations in its literature to describe their view of what will happen at Armageddon to non-believers and Jehovah’s Witnesses who have left the organization. Earlier books were directed mostly to adults who could understand that some of those images were somewhat exaggerated and symbolic. Starting in the late 1950s the Watchtower began publishing books directed to and intended for children.
Many of those books provided simplistic Watchtower versions of basic Bible stories like the Garden of Eden, Noah’s Flood, and the ministry of Jesus. When the Watchtower began predicting that Armageddon might come in 1975, they reinforced their views of the coming destruction of the world and most of its people. More books and magazines were printed that included horrifying illustrations of average people dying in painful and agonizing ways.
Some of these illustrations were included in books intended for children, while others appeared in books and magazines for adults. The problem was compounded because Jehovah’s Witness children must attend Kingdom Hall meetings with their parents and are taught to follow along in the study books and during the weekly Watchtower study. They are also required to listen to public talks and go to regional conventions where speakers verbally describe the horrors of Armageddon.
Children who misbehave are often told that if they do not behave or ever leave the Jehovah’s Witnesses they will suffer horrible and painful deaths and will die with no one caring about them. These teachings are repeated often and are used to keep children from ever thinking about leaving the religion of their parents.
Parents who care about their children would not constantly expose them to horrifying science fiction and war movies that show people being eaten by monsters or blown apart by bombs and missiles. In fact, even Jehovah’s Witness families will restrict their children from viewing those kinds of movies or TV shows. And yet they will encourage their children to read books and listen to talks at the Kingdom Hall where such horrors are described as actual future events.
AAWA is taking the position that the Watchtower’s policy and insistence on exposing children of Jehovah’s Witnesses to realistic illustrations is a form of child abuse. Ignoring the harm that these kinds of images can do is not healthy. Planting these ideas in the heads of children to influence them to never disobey elders or think for themselves can lead to developmental problems later. AAWA wants to make sure that JW parents – and the public at large – understand the effects this type of indoctrination can have on thousands of Witness children.
The video is currently available in English, French, and Portuguese versions.