Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Human trafficking has stubbornly remained in current news, with reports of overwhelming numbers of victims worldwide.  Obviously, a belief that freedom is a gift from God that should be considered an inalienable right, is not shared in much of earth's society.

Religious hierarchies and their clergy's default starting position is to assume that there is a natural right to demand obedience.  That a human's own preferences and decisions are to be considered least and last, if at all.  That a human has no obligation to the care and improvement of self whatsoever, but a complete obligation to sacrifice that self to the survival and promotion of whatever brand of God's bullies he may find himself.

An example of this is seen in most schools or kindergartens (here in the U.S.) that I have experience with.  A child refusing to share a toy that another child is demanding to play with, is told by his parent or teacher that he must share the toy, even if it's an object that the child was given and considers his own property.  His ownership is invalidated, and he's taught in effect, that he may not own or control property - that anyone can appear and demand he surrender what he considered his own, and that he has no right to refuse.

A person who abuses a child in any way, has this mindset and attitude - that the child does not have a right or a say in what is going to be done to him.  An abuser does not consider that a child has any more right than a dog or cat to control his body.

A child who is taught that people have no rights or sovereignty over their body, grows into an adult who sees nothing wrong with ignoring boundaries of another human being.

This disrespect is blatant in the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society organization [cult], (of which my family and I were members for many years), and of course, all religions that claim that God wants them to translate and administrate his word. The control they insist on retaining, denies a person the right to consider his own self as belonging to himself. They use unrelenting mind-control programs with the intent of instilling self-doubt, so that the victim is ever dependent and therefore OWNED.

I personally went into this cult with no inkling of what awaited me as far as destruction of my own will. I experienced frequent cognitive dissonance which I suppressed any time that independent thinking was referred to as "bad and sinful." The training is apparent and heavy-handed for a woman, when repeatedly hearing that she has no right before Jehovah (God) to refuse to submit.  Being submissive of her time and work for the organization, being submissive to her husband in every aspect of life including sexually, is the only way to receive acceptance and recognition. She only becomes something by becoming nothing.

In 2015 the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse began investigating the WT and found incontrovertible evidence of further damage caused to victims by the WT's own policies.  Child sexual abuse allegations as well as confessed abuse were kept secret and went unreported to police:  jwsurvey.org/child-abuse

In March of 2017, the WT was revisited by the Royal Commission, to determine the level of change and improvement of their policies concerning child sexual abuse and protection of children from predators within their organization.

These sessions were recorded and can be viewed on youtube.com - start with
Royal Commission hearing, Day 1 Part 1 - well worth the time and effort to get a look at what the administration of a world-wide secretive cult actually perpetrated the last 100-plus years.  Their official line is to deny that their policies have harmed anyone, and that the evidence of their bungling is all a lie from Satan.

But now we can see the truth with our own eyes - no "faith" needed - the facts and the perpetrators are exposed, thanks to the Australians' Royal Commission.


Leesa Hawes said...

Spot-on Marina, Watchtowers requirements of total blind obedience without allowance for independent critical thought has now being revealed thanks to activists like yourself and also the Australian Royal Commission as a recipe for immense physical, psychological and emotional pain for those still trapped and all of us who have escaped.

Sterling River said...

Leesa, thank you so much! At the beginning when I first left the WT cult, I thought the best thing was to try to forget about the whole fiasco and keep quiet. But when learning of child abuse being covered over with lies, and excuses of concern for Jehovah's name, I realized there is no possibility of standing silently by. Social media has made the small voice very loud if we who know the history of this selfish, hypocritical organization, speak out.