Now I’ve been called a “psycho” and accused of not doing research in the comments of the JW article:
heidi the psycho:
dear Heidi, over 50% of the US population doesn’t vote. Are these all JW’s? I think not. Do some research before U post. At least the JWs don’t vote out of principle. The non JWs most likely out of apathy or ignorance. Why doesn’t it bother U that so much of the rest of the population doesn’t vote? No one is forced to be a JW. As a matter of fact they excommunicate approx. 42000 a year, that means they get rid of them so how can it be a cult which is characterized by FORCEFUL membership? Also cults revolve around human leaders such as David Koresh, Jim Jones etc etc. The only name associated with JWs is the name of their God.
I’m a “psycho” now? Hmm. I’m not one to accuse of not doing research. It just doesn’t hold up – you’ll have to take another tack.
I didn’t call them a cult. However, the Watchtower corporations do control their people. There is no discussion or debate. Their “elders” have no theological background. They aren’t allowed to read, much less engage with, reputable biblical scholarship. Men lacking in even basic pastoral training decide when to cut members off from their family and friends, and these same men get their sermons from New York. Even they are not trusted enough to write their own sermons.
Oh, and I hope that anyone reading this would know the difference between people choosing not to vote and being prohibited from doing so.
I accidentally hit return before filling in the whole form, so it came up “anonymous” – I’m sure people will be able to tell that it’s me.
I could have added that it’s even creepier (to me) when a group revolves around a semi-anonymous corporate power structure than it does when it’s just charismatic leader…
and can’t you just feel the love from this JW?