Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Blog, Naked Truth | 6 comments

I first envisioned this website as an “eye-opener” for those who stopped by to read its articles. By trying to imagine who would make up both my “target audience” and “my expected or likely audience,” I set about designing a site that could appeal to both groups – and maybe even a few occasional visitors who just happened to stumble in to “sneak a peek.”

Before I began the technical work on WatchtowerWatch.com, I sat down and came up with a phrase that I felt would define my objective for this site in ten words or less:

A website that brazenly exposes “The truth about The Truth™”


The acronym TTATT (sometimes spoken as “T – Tat”) has become very popular in the last few years. It can be found almost everywhere on the Internet, especially on websites discussing the Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses. The phrase is often shown, as above, with the capitalized phrase “The Truth” followed by a trademark symbol (™).

Of course, such a common phrase as “the truth” can not be copyrighted or trademarked. Writers will use the TM symbol as a backhanded (and obviously sarcastic) way to reference the Watchtower’s own use of the term as a shorter alternative to “the Jehovah’s Witness religion as administered and taught by the Watchtower Society.”

The reality is that the phrase “The Truth” is often used by Jehovah’s Witnesses to refer to their unique culture in almost casual ways:

“How long have you been in the Truth?”

“Do you ever think that he will come back to the Truth?”

“If we didn’t have the Truth, where would we go?”

“Apostates hate the Truth. All they want to do is to bring down the Truth.”

In fact, the use of that term is so common among JWs that they often use it as a test of someone’s membership within their group. When they use “the Truth” in conversation with someone who claims to be a Witness and then get a blank stare in return, they instinctively know that something might be wrong with that person. Either the person is very new or is faking their real connections to the group.

The phrase becomes so ingrained in their vocabulary that even former Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been disfellowshipped or left the religion on their own, will still use “the Truth” in an almost reflexive way. You’ll hear someone who has been out for years ask “How long has it been since you left the Truth?” or make a comment like “It’s been nearly twenty years since I left the Truth – but my family is still in the Truth.”

I realized what this site had to set its focus on and that it had to answer the following questions:

  • Has the Watchtower always told the “Truth”?
  • Is the organization being  honest about what they believe now?
  • What about how they’ve practiced their religion in the past?
  • When they preach to the public do they tell the people they meet the real truth?
  • Are they really what they claim to be, namely “God’s earthly organization”?

My Original Plan for This Website

After many sleepless nights thinking about what I wanted to do with this website and how to do it, I finally came up with a general plan:

  • Make the site visually and functionally different from any other Jehovah’s Witness discussion site currently online.
  • Try to provide a balanced approach to criticism of the Watchtower by realistically showing both its successes and failures.
  • Clearly reveal the actual JW lifestyle and how it differs from what most of us would consider typical or ideal.
  • Allow real people to tell their stories about their life as a Jehovah’s Witness, and why they have left (or decided to stay within) the organization.
  • Sprinkle some humor along the way. I don’t want this site to become dull and overloaded with long dissertations on dogma or historical events. We all need a smile or a chuckle occasionally.
  • Review current Watchtower publications and JW.org, the only website officially “approved” for Witnesses. We’ll do our best to make sense of current teachings and compare them to past versions of the same subjects.
  • Present certain incontestable facts about the Watchtower in a non-apologetic way. “Here’s what they teach or taught and here is the truth,” and “This is what they say they did, but here is what they really did.”
  • Most importantly, I did not want this website to promote any particular religious belief system – not even traditional Christian or Jewish theology. If you want to know what I believe, you’ll just have to read my articles and puzzle it out for yourself. I’m not going to preach to you, nor will I let any of my contributors promote any particular creed.

For a more in-depth view of our goals, be sure to read the article “Introducing Watchtower Watch” by John Cedars.

“The Truth” – Stripped Down and Exposed

Over the next few months I’ll be writing a series of articles that will take various bites of “The Truth” and chew on them a bit. I’ll use a journalistic approach for some subjects, and use “scientific” investigation for others. I’ve already put together a list of two dozen subjects that fit perfectly within this proposed framework. I’m sure there will be many more by the time I give this hobby up for good.

This series of articles will fall in a category called “Naked Truth” – for obvious reasons. This article will be the first – the “Genesis” – in that new category.

Please feel free to offer comments and suggestions.  I don’t expect that everyone will agree with my opinions, but that’s OK. My real goal here is to take a “get down and get dirty” approach, while having some fun. Keep that in mind. Feel free to use the Contact Us page to communicate directly with me.

Watchtower: Don’t Be Shy – We’re All Adults Here

One more thing: I invite the Watchtower Society’s Governing Body, or any of its official representatives at or above “elder” levels, to comment on any of the articles in this series. Or for that matter, they can feel free to share their thoughts on any post on this website. I promise to print their responses in full and unedited (unless they use really bad words or pictures of naked people).

The Watchtower can contact me at this special email address:

watchtower@watchtowerwatch.com

That should be easy enough for them to remember…

6 Comments

  1. Richard E. Kelly
    1-24-2013

    Hey bro, you are on a roll and I love you. Keep up the good work and long live Watchtower Watch. I am so very proud of you. Who knows, you may make the Armageddon cut after all. Okay, I am spoofing with you, but you are old enough to handle it. The old Russelites got it right in the first place. But it was Rose, and no one remembers her. Oh well, so much for celibacy.

  2. The Editor
    1-26-2013

    By the way, I’m the only one who gets to show “naked” pictures. But that is only because I have nothing to hide, or for that matter – to show off…

  3. 2-6-2013

    I am looking foreward to see the”NAKED TRUTH” about the WTBTS.

  4. 2-13-2013

    wow… this site is great!! ex-JW here.. born into the truth and left in my teens.. however, have had alot of mental anguish over the years due to my upbringing in the JW faith…I am so thankful that there are people like you exposing what they truly are… glad there are so many books and resources out there for ex JWs too… God Bless and take care!!

  5. 2-19-2013

    They first came to our house the day after Christmas in 69. Dad bought into it hook line and sinker, our lives were never the same after that. He died this past January he hadn’t had any contact with his kids in years. I brought a few of his books home and after reading a few of them couldn’t believe we had been subjected to such things. They were his supposed family but he ended up dying on the sidewalk alone waiting on an ambulance that didn’t get there in time. I guess he got what he wanted.

  6. 12-31-2013

    Thanks for caring. New to web site but will be following along avidly from now on.

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