The organizers of AAWA (Advocates for Awareness of Watchtower Abuses) released a new series of videos that illustrate the damaging effects of the Watch Tower Society’s “shunning” doctrine.
Historically, “shunning” was applied and directed only toward baptized Jehovah’s Witnesses who had been “disfellowshipped” from the organization for committing adultery, some other form of “fornication,” drunkenness, or criminal acts. Since the 1950s, the leaders of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society have expanded the use of shunning to include almost any actions not approved by Jehovah’s Witness elders.
Starting in the early 1980s, “shunning” was extended even to those who had committed none of the usual “sins” that would typically result in someone being disfellowshipped. Added to the list of “sins against Jehovah and His organization” were engaging in private group Bible studies or questioning the beliefs, teachings and policies of the Governing Body. Shunning was applied to those “reproved” or put on probation for any number of minor missteps. In recent years, shunning has been extended to include non-baptized children of Jehovah’s Witnesses and other non-baptized publishers.
The use of “shunning” results in lasting damage to families, children, and relationships with spouses and close friends. Some who have been shunned are permanently scarred by the experience. Some try to reduce the pain of exclusion through the use of drugs or alcohol. A few eventually end their own lives.
Effective May 1, 2013 AAWA is beginning its first major campaign to educate the public about the Watchtower’s unscriptural application of shunning as a way to control every aspect of the lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their families. AAWA is releasing the following video in North America and Western Europe. The video is being translated in many other languages and will soon be available worldwide. WatchTowerWatch.com is pleased to be a part of this educational program.
Other Languages Available soon!Read More
The Watchtower’s legal department took action against one of our friends and contributors on December 25, 2012 (Merry Christmas everybody!!!) for alleged copyright infringement involving an elders’ letter (BOE) dated October 1, 2012. That action on the Watchtower’s part resulted in this website being shutdown for parts of two days last week.
For that, I apologize. This site was offline for about 24 hours on January 3rd. We’re pleased to let you know that we were only down for just those few hours before we were able to restore service. This site was not damaged and none of its articles or features were lost or altered in any way.Read More
We all experience moments that shock us into understanding how lucky we are to just be alive – not to mention how well off we might be physically, mentally, and financially. And yet we know that everyone will face some issues and pain because adversity is a part of life. Not one of us will escape this earth completely unscathed.
Love competes with adversity. There is the love of our families and the love of our friends. We assume if they truly love us that they will step forward and help if we get sick, have an accident, or need temporary shelter or financial support.
The recent “perfect storms” of Tropical Storm Sandy (northeast USA) and Hurricane Katrina (Atlantic, Florida, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans) proved to be perfect examples of how much we depend on neighbors, police, fire departments, “first responders,” and even utility workers to risk their lives to save us and our property. We must not ignore the unselfish brotherly love shown by total strangers including, doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers, Coast Guard rescue teams – people who step forward, often putting their own lives and risk everything to help us when we are really in trouble.
How can we ever forget the heroism and unselfish sacrifices made by so many public safety employees and average citizens in New York on September 11, 2001?
We can never forget that without the help of so many people, including strangers we may only meet once in our lives, many of us would likely suffer or die needlessly before our personal “due dates” expire.
This phenomenon is what I describe as “Random Acts of Love.”Read More
“Lord, where were you? When did we see you…?”
“I’m telling you that whatever you did to even the least of my brothers, you did it to me.” [Paraphrased from Matthew 25:35-40]
Since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans, sports and competition have been a major part of Western culture. In Europe and the Americas, competitive teams of athletes in dozens of sports can be found in every country. Individual athletes also compete at very high levels, especially in track and field as well as combat sports such as boxing and wrestling. There are international competitions such as the quadrennial Olympic games that allow these finely tuned athletes to compete at the highest levels.
Some successful athletes are idolized by their fans and a few become national heroes. To some degree, this has created a subculture of glorified individuals who produce nothing that advances the culture while gaining wealth and fame beyond what their personal accomplishments might warrant.Read More