XJW: Why I feel the Phoenix is a great Metaphor for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses

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The symbol you see above – a stylized rising Phoenix consisting of the letters X, J and W, for Ex-Jehovah's Witness – is the final iteration of very interesting, crowdsource design process over the last few days. For me personally, it is a symbol I may be using in the future (for exampe on a … Continue reading XJW: Why I feel the Phoenix is a great Metaphor for Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses

New Free E-Book about Cults and Freedom of Choice

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I am happy to announce my new e-book which you can download for free here. It's called Listen, Obey, and Be Blessed – Cults and Freedom of Choice. The notion of free will has been debated at length by neuroscientists, philosophers, and religious scholars. In stark contrast, many religious cults boldly claim that God created … Continue reading New Free E-Book about Cults and Freedom of Choice

The Cult of People who believe Vaccines cause Autism

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According to a very vocal movement, Vaccines cause Autism. To date, there is no scientific evidence to confirm this myth; if anything, there is abundant evidence that clearly disproves a link between vaccines and Autism. Unimpressed by facts and without any proof whatsoever, the cult of anti-vaccine fanatics cling to their doctrine, to the detriment … Continue reading The Cult of People who believe Vaccines cause Autism

“What is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion…[read more]” – Rowan Atkinson

Active Jehovah's Witnesses often accuse apostates like me of hating their religion. Yes, I fervently criticize their doctrines and policies, but I wouldn't consider strong criticism hate. I believe that religion should be criticized. Criticism is what fosters progress. Progress helps a religion to adapt to an open society. While it is paramount for criticism … Continue reading “What is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion…[read more]” – Rowan Atkinson

Why Archaeology does not prove the Authenticity of the Bible

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It's a beloved trope among religious apologists: Citing archaeological findings to prove that the Bible is legit, or even an inspired, holy book. Some even go so far as to claim that archaeology proves that God must exist because it corroborates one or the other Bible story: At times archaeological finds have even silenced those … Continue reading Why Archaeology does not prove the Authenticity of the Bible

3 Questions Every Thinking Jehovah’s Witness Should Ask Themselves

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If you are or used to be a Jehovah's Witness, you may have happened upon the story of the the Beroeans who were commended for not being "gullible, but neither were they cynical. […] They did not immediately accept what Paul said as truth; still, they listened respectfully [and] they carefully examined the Scriptures, checking to see ‘whether the … Continue reading 3 Questions Every Thinking Jehovah’s Witness Should Ask Themselves

Lloyd Evans’ Memoir “The Reluctant Apostate” is open for Crowdfunding

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Lloyd Evans of JWsurvey.org fame is one of the EXJW activists who helped me a lot in breaking free. Although he left the organization way after I did, his insightful articles and well-researched take on the Watchtower Society were the impulses I needed to finally rid myself of the undue influence that Jehovah's Witnesses had … Continue reading Lloyd Evans’ Memoir “The Reluctant Apostate” is open for Crowdfunding

Ex-Jehovah’s Witness attempts Suicide after being ex-communicated for being gay

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A heartbreaking story is unfolding in the community of former Jehovah's Witnesses on Reddit: "A friend tried to kill himself last night (currently in critical condition and on life support). He is gay and was recently disfellowshipped." LGBT teens and young adults have one of the highest rates of suicide attempts. Jehovah's Witnesses claim not … Continue reading Ex-Jehovah’s Witness attempts Suicide after being ex-communicated for being gay

Why Serena Williams losing her #1 Spot is Gratification for an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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Serena Williams, you're one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen, period. But there's another side to you, one that is especially exasperating to people who used to be members of Jehovah's Witnesses: the one where you sadly symbolize the hypocrisy and bigotry of JW.org and the Watchtower Society. You know, that religious … Continue reading Why Serena Williams losing her #1 Spot is Gratification for an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

12 drowned while trying to immerse a Hindu God idol

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As we learn from Wikipedia, "Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom." It seems Ganesha must have been asleep the other day because neither was intellect and wisdom at play when a bunch of people crowded a boat loaded with a … Continue reading 12 drowned while trying to immerse a Hindu God idol