When our 3-year-old daughter was mauled by a neighborhood dog, we were distraught, as any parent would be. But, as Jehovah's Witnesses, we faced an even greater fear, beyond the trauma and scars introduced by the dog bites: What if she needed a blood transfusion? Our religious convictions mandated that we refuse. Her very life could be in danger, not from the attack, but from our beliefs.
My mother, an insanely devout woman if ever there was one, immediately called the congregation… Continue
This was a response to another earlier blog and I though I'd just put it out there for those that came out of religion after brainwashing their own children.
When I left the Jehovah's Witnesses my kids were 8 and 6 years old. They were fully brainwashed already. My son was able to go to the doors with me and give a 6 minute sermon including the reading of a couple of scriptures. My daughter was six and about to start doing her own sermons at the door. My little girl would be warning… Continue
"You're an atheist -- how could you do that to your children?"
It's in our nature to cherish our children. If you have children yourself then you will know what I am talking about. (Unless you're emotionally retarded.) As soon as you rationalize that it is OK for a "God of Love" to put disobedient children to death....you lose me!! (Truthfully, you lost me at the God part!) Parents in the USA would be imprisoned and (if in Texas, hehe) possibly put to death for killing disobedient… Continue
This is something I came up with in an EX Jehovah's Witness support group...I sure needed some relief and thought others may too!
Blame and accountability...these are two things that I gave a lot of thought to one year when I attended AA meetings...I was never a real drinker but after tragedy struck my little family, I fell apart.
Being an atheist I had a little trouble with the Judeo-Christian terminology in the 12 steps but the steps themselves were very helpful. I carried a… Continue
During my time as one of Jehovah's Witnesses I participated in a theocratic ministry school ...this is where we learned to preach. We would be given a topic and had five minutes to make our case, this was done from a stage in front of the congregation. This topic came up in my EX-JW group when our moderator asked if anyone had funny stories about the Theocratic Ministry School and I thought I would share my response.
Any funny stories while giving one of… Continue
This was a question that I was asked by another recovering Ex Jehovah's Witness:
you've briefly touched on your past a couple of times, but kinda glanced over exactly what it was that you were into after you left the JW world...
mysticism or something?
like Wicca type stuff?
can you tell me a lil about that...
what drew you to it?
and most importantly, what turned you off of it??
but seriously, i'd like to know what your… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 16, 2009 at 10:02pm —
This is a little story about a whistle stop on the way to atheism. My husband Mike wrote this one. So I thought I would share.
Our Lady Of Spiritual Ambiguity by Mike Pence
LeiLani Burt stood upon the stage, arms outstretched, swaying to the lilting music, perfectly quaffed and immaculate in her Sunday best. For a 60-something year old woman she was kind of hot, enormous hair bun and all. With her eyes firmly closed, and head tilted slightly back, she spoke, "We welcome… Continue
Added by Ravenone on March 16, 2009 at 9:56pm —
(This little exchange took place when I was a kid.)
"The Devil cannot read your mind," Mom assured me. Her eyes widened, and her voice took on that sweet, Glenda the Good Witch tone. Like she was telling me there was a hot chocolate in the kitchen for me. Like, "Don’t forget your lunch!"
I leaned in but threw up a little in my mouth. Satan, she elaborated, has studied human behavior for millenia. He is a master at reading facial expressions and body language. If you… Continue