The Documentary, “Witness to Murder,” for ID Discovery Channel
By Jim Kostelniuk, a participant
As the father of two murdered children, Juri and Lindsay Kostelniuk, it may seem difficult to understand how I can be objective about the documentary. However, I didn’t produce the show, wasn’t in on the editing process, and there are some things I only had an inside track on.
What I did do was gather a team of family friends and experts together (five other persons besides myself originally connected with the case) to be interviewed in Vancouver by a film crew from LionTelevision in New York City.Read More
In mid-September I received an interesting invitation from a journalist calling himself “The Thinking Atheist.” He told me that he had seen one of my websites and was intrigued by my take on the Watchtower Society and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Part of my appeal, he said, was that I did not seem to be “angry,” nor was I busy trying to promote some other religion as my preferred substitute for Watchtower doctrine. He asked if I would agree to be a guest on his podcast scheduled for Tuesday, September 17th. I enthusiastically said “Yes!”
My segment was actually recorded a short time before the broadcast via a telephonic hookup. Seth Andrews (his real name) assured me that he could edit for any serious technical issues or interruptions that might come up during the recording session. That turned out to be a good thing. During the recording call my little Maltese lap dog saw someone walking their Golden Retriever in front of our house and started yapping at the top of her voice for about 20 seconds. As you can tell when you listen to the edited podcast, he did a great job. Other than that small glitch, what you hear was our totally unrehearsed and non-scripted conversation. Absolutely!!!Read More
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.Read More
In recent years there has been a noticeable exodus out of the Watchtower organization at all levels. Many Jehovah’s Witnesses do not want to be in the organization any longer for a myriad of reasons. Like the Israelites of old they want to get out of “Babylon” and experience the freedom to live a normal lifestyle.
While many were “born-in” or “married-into” Jehovah’s Witness families, thousands were converted into the religion when they were convinced that being a Witness was “the only path to salvation at Armageddon.” After having their eyes opened to the reality of their existence, many now want to escape and live more normal and fulfilling lives. But they find themselves trapped, forced to conform to the Watchtower’s often unreasonable interpretations of exacting biblical standards.
Many JWs – even among those serving as elders and traveling overseers – hide their true feelings knowing they can’t just leave because of the constant threat of losing connections to their friends and family. They are convinced that disassociating or being disfellowshipped would be a price too high for them to pay.
That is why many Jehovah’s Witnesses are looking for a way to escape. Some will want to be assured that leaving is the right thing to do, while others will want to ask questions about what the Watchtower teaches. They know that they can’t get honest answers from other Witnesses or by going to their elders. Many have suffered mental and/or physical abuse by their family or other members of their congregation – but have no one they feel they can to turn to for help.Read More
“TRUTH BE TOLD” is a new documentary film being released in Brooklyn, New York on March 27, 2013. An exposé of the Watchtower, the title refers to the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ perception that their beliefs are “The Truth.” This is the first feature-film directed by Gregorio Smith who was born and raised a Jehovah’s Witness. Smith, a graduate of Baruch College and a member of the International Documentary Association, is now an independent filmmaker and writer.
He describes “Truth Be Told” as being “immersive, informational, expository and controversial…an honest glimpse into the culture of growing up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion.” The film “lifts the veil on the seemingly benign Jehovah’s Witnesses religion to expose a profit-driven, isolationist culture characterized by fear, totalitarian corporate leadership, intellectual & spiritual intimidation, suspension of critical thinking, failed prophecies, doctrinal inconsistency and improper handling of physical and sexual abuse allegations within the church.”Read More
John Cedars, contributor to this site and editor of JWSurvey.org, has just announced that a series of videos will be released in March 2013 that will provide answers to many important questions about the ongoing Conti lawsuit against the Watchtower.
I was pleased to assist by being one of the videographers involved in filming this important interview. Miss Conti’s mother, Kathleen, also operated a camera. John Cedars and his team will be producing and editing the final videos.
The original footage was filmed on Sunday, February 10, 2013 in Oakland, California, just blocks from the courthouse where the Conti case was heard by judge and jury. I can assure everyone that the submitted questions were excellent and to the point. Miss Conti and her attorney answered each question directly and truthfully – even when given the option to bypass a few that were perhaps too personal. They revealed many new facts and important details during the two-hour session.
Cedars has prepared a trailer that is now on YouTube announcing the released of this new series. I can assure all who have followed this case and anyone who is interested in the problem of child abuse within religious organizations – you will not want to miss any of these videos!Read More
Everyone has a bad year now and then. We all have to contend with illness, accidents, unemployment, natural disasters, family problems – events that can really mess up your life for a while. Governments, corporations, and other large entities face the same issues.
Last year was a difficult year for the Watchtower Society and Jehovah’s Witnesses, a year I’m sure they’d love to forget. 2012 would have been bad as it can get for any corporation, but for a religious organization like the Watchtower it was a disaster. In a few years we may look back and mark 2012 as the “beginning of the end” for our favorite cult.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
“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
The leaders of the Watchtower Society do their best to deny that their extreme shunning policy harms anyone. They describe it as simply a way to keep their organization “clean” and to keep “evildoers” and “fornicators” separated from faithful Jehovah’s Witnesses. Former Jehovah’s Witnesses (most who have not committed any “serious sin” but have simply disagreed with the Watchtower’s ever-changing teachings and predictions) know the truth about how enforced shunning divides and destroys families.
In the following video a young British school girl, just eleven years old, and her mum share their experiences and feelings about this subject. No longer Jehovah’s Witnesses, but still believing Christians, they know the real pain and frustration of having close family members not only avoid them, but also accuse them of “harming Jehovah” and “making Him sad.” Listen how they describe how young and impressionable children are being brainwashed into believing the very worst of their own close blood relatives.
This is a video you will want to share with your friends – especially those who have no idea how destructive the Watchtower’s extreme shunning policy really is. This is a video you won’t soon forget – nor should you.Read More