By Jack Ryan
Amber Scorah is author of the memoir Leaving the Witness. Growing up in the Jehovah's Witness faith, Scorah moved to mainland China to become an underground missionary. In China, she came to question these beliefs and left the religion. Shunned by family and friends as an apostate, Scorah was alone in Shanghai and thrown into a world she had only known from the periphery, with no education or support system. After growing up in the Jehovah's Witness faith, Amber learned Mandarin Chinese and moved to Mainland China to become an underground missionary. In China, encountering a new culture and making friends outside the faith for the first time, Amber came to question the beliefs she had been taught from childhood and ended up leaving the religion. Amber later moved to New York City, where she began a new life. Several years later, her three-month old son died on his first day in childcare. After this tragedy, Amber became a parental leave advocate. Combining forces with a Republican mother, their bipartisan efforts brought the cause of parental leave to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Boston Globe, The Cut, The Globe and Mail and USA Today
By James Thomas Rook Jr.
Here in the United States we have Cable TV with such things as "History Channel", "Discovery Channel", "Scifi Channel", and "A&E" the "Arts and Entertainment Channel". Apparently around November 13 of this year they had a famous (?) TV star, Leah Remini, who had been a Scientologist since she was eight years old turn Apostate, and she has done at least two TV seasons exposing the ills of the Church of Scientology", do an Expose' of Jehovah's Witnesses.
I do not watch TV as a rule, and missed it, and I spent a few days looking for it and trying to download a copy. It was not on YouTube, but I did find it under "Aftermath Jehovah's Witnesses" on the Russian equivalent of YouTube, "Rutube.ru". It would not download with my usual download software, so I had to find a free screen capture software, which took about four hours to get the settings just right, and I was able to download the two hour program from my monitor, as it was playing.
Therefore, I watched the TV program three times, as I experimented with the settings to get a good screen copy to my hard drive..
I could see both sides of the program viewpoints presented, and did not find us to be misrepresented in any way whatsoever ... but if there was EVER a clear example of the Law of Unintended Consequences, the horror the Governing Body has caused in disfellowshipping the way that it is currently done ... by ripping families apart, and creating irreparable damage that can never be corrected with reinstatement, was chilling, and puts us in the same class as Scientologists ... which completely disregarding the horror and hardsip, and cruelty without any mercy whatsoever it creates locally, shames Jehovah's Name and Reputation over the whole planet.
I don't believe there is anything a local Jehovah's Witness could do ... rob a bank ... have a harem ... have sex with horses ... etc., ad nauseum ... that would besmirch Jehovah's name and reputation globally as much as our current blatantly cruel public policies of destroying whole families for the sins of one person.
I am very glad to have the education I have to know that the TRUTH is still the truth .... even though the 85% drivel has rotted and fermented into rotten sewage.
Most JWs do NOT have this educational advantage ... so their lives are permanently destroyed.
I don't expect much from people, and almost NOTHING from groups of people .... so for me, like getting one of those great salads at the Olive Garden Restaurant, and finding a big chunk of solid sewage in it ... I hold my nose, and eat around it.
This TV Special is global news .... what could I possibly say to the average person that would clear the Name of God, that the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, NOT THE TELEVISION PROGRAM, has corrupted by its Pharisaic policies that have real world consequences?
The exact same thing happened in ancient Israel, and a system that God blessed and supported for a thousand years and more was abandoned by God.
The exact same thing.
By Jack Ryan
A&E on Thursday announced the air date for Leah Remini's two-hour special about Jehovah's Witnesses. The program, which will air Nov. 13 at 9 p.m., will precede the premiere of season three of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
The preview special will include Remini speaking in depth with former Jehovah's Witness members. "I thought Jehovah's Witnesses were just nice people knocking on doors," Remini says in a teaser. "We have received many letters, [saying], 'Please look into the Jehovah's Witnesses.'"
The Jehovah's Witness religion was founded in the late 19th century in Pittsburgh. According to a 2016 census posted on its official website, the religion boasts more than 8 million followers globally. The faith is different from most denominations of Christianity because followers don't believe that Jesus is part of the Holy Trinity; they believe he is solely the Son of God.
Along with adherents' refusal to celebrate birthdays and religious holidays like Easter and Christmas, the religion's reputation has been marred over the last several years by reports of alleged cover-ups of sexual abuse. According to a press release for Remini's special, the religion works to "subvert and exploit belief." However, the official Jehovah's Witness site insists the group is "far from being a dangerous cult."
Weeks after the Jehovah's Witnesses special airs, Scientology and the Aftermath will return Nov. 27 at 9 p.m. on A&E. Season three includes eight new episodes and four specials. Although Remini is delving into the practice of Jehovah's Witnesses, the ex-Scientologist is still "curious" about her former religion.
"Yeah, I’m fucking curious," she says in a second teaser, before bringing up Scientology leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly Miscavige, who has been missing from the public eye for nearly 10 years. "I'm curious where the leader of Scientology's wife is."
The actress adds: "IÂ’m curious why someone would have to disconnect from their own daughter because your church thinks theyÂ’re enemies. IÂ’m curious why you have your members sign nondisclosure agreements and then claim you have nothing to hide. IÂ’m curious why Scientology continues to have tax-exempt status."
Scientology has vehemently denied claims made by Remini on her show, calling the project "nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted and dramatized work of fiction." The Scientology TV Network was launched this spring.Â
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