JWActivists.org is the official website of The Association of Anti-Watchtower Activists, a legally incorporated organization representing an international group of campaigners against the Watch Tower Society. Most of its associates are either current or former Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The Association of Anti-Watchtower Activists (AAWA) is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the damaging influence of the Watch Tower Society through respectful and well-informed activism. AAWA is also committed to offering help and support to those who are mentally and emotionally afflicted by the Society’s teachings and practices in whatever ways it can.
AAWA arose in early 2013 through a series of discussions between its founders, who all felt it was the right time to try to organize the efforts of the many individual Anti-Watchtower activists into one cohesive unit. It was agreed that an organization needed to be formed that could confront the Watchtower head-on, and serve as a focal point whenever future media stories arise so that the position of those affected by Watchtower policies can be articulated.
With so many activists around the world, all of whom offer unique skills and experience, it was felt that much meaningful work could be accomplished if all of these individuals could be connected as a team that could work together. It was decided very early on that AAWA would need to be religiously-neutral, in that it would not promote or endorse any religious or philosophical belief system in particular. Its sole purpose would be to shine a bright light on the Watchtower’s murkier practices, and help thinking Witnesses break free from its clutches.
To that end, following considerable thought and discussion, AAWA was legally incorporated on March 7th 2013, and work began in earnest towards getting the basic infrastructure of the organization up and running. A “launch date” was penciled in for April 3rd, by which time the organization would be ready to start taking on volunteers. At the time of writing, it remains to be seen exactly what the response will be – but so far the early signs are promising. All who have been approached about AAWA have embraced it enthusiastically, and pledged their time and efforts to help make it work.
Taken from the ‘About’ section of the website JWActivists.
Learn more by watching this short introductory video made by the JWActivists team;
To any and all Jehovah’s Witnesses;
You are part of a cult,
get out now.
I have experience of a cult. I was a Jehovah’s Witness for most of my life. But I got free.
I recently watched this short film from JWFacts.com and can very much relate. I wanted to share it with followers of my blog so that they might understand why the Witnesses keep on knocking.
Essentially they are not bad people, they are just deluded and controlled. They need help.
A person raised as a Jehovah’s Witnesses has a truly unique way of thinking. Once they break free life is often very difficult for them. They have indeed been very much brainwashed.
I encourage you to watch the film in an attempt to understand these unfortunate folks whose minds are controlled by a very strong cult, located right on your doorstep.
“Our prayers are with the victims of this tragedy.” As an atheist, this makes me choke on my own afterbirth. Sympathy and compassion is one thing, but proclaiming that you’re going to talk to god for the victims is outright disrespectful. Of course the rest of the population will not see it this way. Behold, I’m only a concerned citizen.
America leads the world in school shooting…why is this? The land of opportunity, where everyone has an equal opportunity at education and even a future… if they can survive. Question, which is worse 1) surviving a zombie apocalypse or 2) Surviving public school. A student would almost be tempted to drop out just for the sheer precaution of safety.
The reality is this, these tragedies are unavoidable. The consistent “bullying” that leads the youth to these destructive decisions is unavoidable. Bullying is a part of life and the human condition…it…
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On the flip side, Christians also pick and choose their morals. They pick which Bible verses apply to themselves and which Bible verses apply to other people, and of course which ones to ignore altogether.
Original article appeared on Wired.co.uk 14 April 2011
Last Christmas I wrote a little essay entitled: “A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I’m an atheist.”
The Wall Street Journal ran it, and it caused quite a stir. I was even asked to answer some of the comments.
So for Easter I thought I’d do another one. Here it is.
A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I’m a good Christian
The title of this one is a little misleading, or at least cryptic. I am of course not a good Christian in the sense that I believe that Jesus was half man, half God, but I do believe I am a good Christian compared to a lot of Christians.
It’s not that I don’t believe that the teachings of Jesus wouldn’t make this a better world if they were followed. It’s just that they are rarely followed.
Gandhi summed it up really. He said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
I have always felt this way, even when I believed in God, and in a weird way I feel I am still a pretty good “Christian” who doesn’t believe in God.
So many Christians think that because they believe in the right God, they are automatically good and have a one-way ticket to everlasting life. Dare I say it but I suspect this is their main reason for believing. I’ve heard so many “believers” say, “Well, since there is no way of being sure whether there is a God or not, it’s better to believe in God than not, because that way, if you’re wrong it doesn’t matter and if you’re right you get everlasting life.” Win:win.
This is of course Pascal’s Wager, which assumes that God if he exists would reward blind faith above logic and living a good life as an atheist.
To the Christians’ God by the way, it’s just as bad to believe in the wrong God as no God at all. The idea of other Gods is of course ridiculous to Christians. Supernatural poppycock. As if there was ever a Zeus; stupid, ancient, unenlightened superstition. And even if there are other Gods (which of course there aren’t) then the Christians’ God is the best. Hardest, smartest…just better. He would laugh at Zeus and call him a Greek bender. (I doubt that God is racist and homophobic but the Bible isn’t clear. Some bits go on about love and equality and others say you shouldn’t trust certain types and that laying down with a man as you would with a woman is punishable by death and is a bit sick and evil.)
So remember. If you are gay you are “Bumming for Satan” basically. (That would make quite a good T-shirt.)
Jesus was a man. (And if you forget all that rubbish about being half God, and believe the non-supernatural acts accredited to him, he was a man whose wise words many other men would still follow.) His message was usually one of forgiveness and kindness.
These are wonderful virtues, but I have seen them discarded by many so-called God-fearers when it suits them. They cherry pick from their “rulebook” basically. I have seen such cruelty and prejudice performed in the name of Christianity (and many other religions for that matter) that it makes me wonder if there has been a bit too much selective reading and reinterpretation of the doctrines.
God or not, if I could change one thing for a better world, it would be for all mankind to adhere to this little gem: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” I assure you, no more stones would ever be thrown.
So maybe we should go back to basics to find out where it all got confused…
The Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments are found in the Bible’s Old Testament; Exodus, Chapter 20. They were given directly by God to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai after He had delivered them from slavery in Egypt:
“And God spoke all these words, saying: ‘I am the LORD your God.'”
So let’s take the test. How many of these have you broken?
“You shall have no other gods before Me.”
I definitely do not. Excellent. I get one point.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
This basically means don’t make or worship a religious statue or bow to it thinking that it’s holy. Tick. Another point to me.
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.”
I never do. But let me explain something. Most people think that The Third Commandment means that they shouldn’t use his name as a swear word, e.g. shouting, “Oh God!” when they stub their toe instead of, “Oh Fuck!”
This is not the case (although I love the idea that God would rather them shout “Fuck” than “God”. That makes him cool in my book. But no.)
The commandment could equally be, “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in ‘vanity’,” e.g. when your enemy is hurt or defeated saying, “that’s God’s wrath,” or when you win an award saying, “thank God.” This is using his name in vanity. It’s suggesting that you KNOW that God helped you win that award because you deserved it more, or because he was on your side. It’s always tickled me that God would have a favourite actor at The Golden Globes.
Anyway I get another point. I think most non-atheists will lose a point here.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”
Before we score this we need to discover what it really means when God commands us to keep the Sabbath day holy. In understanding our answer, and the true intent of God’s word, it doesn’t matter what day of the week we celebrate the Sabbath. There were no calendars when God created the heavens and the earth so we don’t know what day he started and ended. Don’t let the “day” become more important than the “intent”.
If we look at the portion of The Ten Commandments which refers to this, Exodus 20:8-11, it seems to be very specific;
8 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 “Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. 10 “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. 11 “The Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
According to the Bible, God commanded us to keep it holy. But what does that really mean? Work is basically referring to that which we do to earn a living, or in working around the house, or any labour we participate in daily. So, if we never worked at all would that mean every day was holy? No. This absolutely is not being holy. In various places in the Bible we are told of our need to work, for in our work we honour God. So…basically you have to work for the equivalent of six days a week with a day off.
I do this. I get another point.
“Honour your father and your mother.”
I think I get a point if anyone does with this one.
“You shall not murder.”
“You shall not commit adultery.”
“You shall not steal.”
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.”
“You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbour’s.”
Nope. Tick. Another point for me.
Not bad for an atheist.
I make that 10 out of 10.
How did you do?
Even if this doesn’t prove I am a good Christian it does prove that the Bible is a bit inconsistent, open to interpretation, and a little intolerant.
This is not peculiar to Christianity to be fair. And I like to be fair. Because unlike ALL religions, as an atheist, I treat ALL religions equally.
The eagle-eyed readers and fans of 100U4M will have spotted a new section to your far right called “What is Truth?“.
The basic idea of this section and its sub-pages is to make ‘believers’ think by looking at doctrines, beliefs, et al, and discuss them alongside Science. Religious? Atheist? Head over there now.
Simply because I was deliberately kept in the dark for many years, and I allowed myself to be, admitting to that is a huge step for me. But because of this I never questioned my faith – after all why would they lie to me? Now I treasure research, and wish to be surrounded by a library of knowledge until the end of days ….. (goes misty eyed and dreams of a burial in space).
Anyhow, I want to present facts not fiction. I sincerely hope that members of my immediate and perhaps even extended family will take a look and consider what they read.
I have, as I often do, used Wikipedia as a source for basic explanation of some of the subjects discussed, this is because it is a freely available resource for all. Of course there are limitations, problems with such a source and so on. But it is the overriding fact that any and all can get access to this site across all platforms.However, if you dear reader can suggest different or more concise sources then please do make contact!
Finally, as a struggling freelance writer, with five children, a coffee addiction, and a requirement for warm socks now that Winter is fast approaching I have set up an option for those of you that wish to to make donations via PayPal for my ‘Coffee’ fund. Any help is greatly received and I thank you in advance.
For those of you that are Christian, first of all thanks for hanging around here! Nice to have you, but why have you been so quiet when it comes to my posts? Where’s your interaction? C’mon I don’t bite!
Anyway, I honestly encourage you to listen in on this podcast (starts 6pm U.S. Central time – 11pm UK time).
The host will be exploring bible scriptures and stories, these stories shared will come directly, yes straight from the bible. And I promise you, it will be an education.