In the short time that I've been involved in ex-JW activism I've had the privilege of working with some fabulous people, I've engaged with some wonderful ex-JWs and have made some incredible friends that I know I shall have for the rest of my life. However, the direction that my activism is now changing. In … Continue reading Where Now?
This week I had the honour of being interviewed by Steven Hassan author of Combatting Cult Mind Control and Freedom of Mind. In his article he highlights the many issues faced by women in high control groups and brings attention to the December 2018 Watchtower that I discussed in my recent blog post The Disposable … Continue reading Women in High-Control Groups: Evelyn Interviewed by Steven Hassan: Freedom Of Mind
An abusive relationship can be physically violent, but not necessarily. Sometimes the abuse can be psychological. When you are in a psychologically abusive relationship you are conditioned to believe that the abusive behaviour is normal and that any doubts you have about the relationship are your fault and not the fault of the abuser. You … Continue reading Gaining your power back in the face of abuse
This week saw the release of the December 2018 Study Edition of The Watchtower magazine. On page 10 is an article which will be studied by the Jehovah's Witnesses at their meeting during the weeks 11-17 February 2019. Why am I singling out this article you may ask? This article is designed to show the … Continue reading The Disposable Life of the Jehovah’s Witness Wife
"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." - Hans Christian Andersen Recently I have been asking myself - in what direction do I want to take my activism? I seem to have a lot of strands to my activism at the moment, between my blog, my … Continue reading Freedom of choice – YOU are in control!
So what exactly does the Watchtower teach about transgender individuals? Can someone be a Jehovah's Witness and undergo gender confirmation surgery? Watchtower publications quoted from: Awake! Mar 8, 1953 - Can Surgery Change Sex? The Watchtower June 15, 1974 - Insight on the News p 360 (bound volume) Awake! Oct 8, 2003 - Alternative Life-Styles … Continue reading YouTube: JWs & the LGBT Community – The Transgender Question
Taking care of one’s emotional and mental well-being is essential. I discuss my personal tips for doing so as an ex-Jehovah’s Witness. Please note that I am not a medical professional and this is only something that I personally find useful. If you are struggling with depression or other mental health problems, please see a … Continue reading YouTube: Be Kind to Yourself: 5 Tips for Self-Care
There seems to be some confusion regarding the "two witness rule" since the Watchtower published the document entitled Jehovah's Witnesses' Scripturally Based Position on Child Protection. To clarify, I thought it might be useful to lay out the pertinent points here. What is the "two witness rule"? "The scriptures are very clear, before a judicial … Continue reading The Two Witness Rule – Still Used?
My reaction following the CBC News report where Chas Harrison, a representative of the Watchtower organisation at the Vancouver, BC Jehovah's Witness convention, lies about the two witness rule. CBC News article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/jehovah-witnesses-vancouver-2-witness-rule-1.4748206 My video regarding the Watchtower's Child Protection Policy: https://youtu.be/QmTI93kquoc Episode 25 - Lying About the Two Witness Rule https://youtu.be/bpR2k_0OlHM
Part one - my discussion regarding Watchtower teachings about the LGBT community https://youtu.be/fWM87VtIpj4 My blog about what growing up as a queer Jehovah’s Witness was like - https://evelyndelombre.com/2018/03/14/vile-repulsive-worthy-of-death/ Harvard Study (link to PDF of study at bottom of article) - https://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/persistent-fear-and-anxiety-can-affect-young-childrens-learning-and-development/ LGBT Weekly archived website article - https://web.archive.org/web/20120720000247/http://lgbtweekly.com/2012/01/05/lgbt-community-rallies-for-jehovahs-witnesses/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter Pillowgate - https://youtu.be/Xh6JdkXn5VY Article including video of … Continue reading YouTube: Jehovah’s Witnesses & the LGBT Community – Part 1