In this second episode of season 4, Louise, Bill, and Jaymes interview Jon Atack, the published author who wrote A Piece of Blue Sky and Opening Minds. Jon was a Scientologist, and so the gang takes a look at the parallels between the Jehovah's Witnesses and Scientology with Jaymes reading a 3 minute elevator pitch on what Jehovah's Witnesses believe. The team also takes a look at Russia's decision to ban Jehovah's Witnesses, which sparks a debate on whether the government is wrong or right in taking this action. Jaymes also announces a new website, JWSoapbox.com, and tells Louise what colour stockings she should wear to a party she's about to go to. All in all, a fun show!
Jaymes, Louise and Lloyd are back to launch the brand new season of JW Podcast! In this season opener, the team take a look at the Australian Royal Commission, March 2017's JW Broadcasting Show, and delve deep into the 2017 Yearbook.
In this episode listen to John Redwood tell you what happened from right inside the court room in the Fessler v Watchtower Society case. John took extensive notes and recordings and was able to interview the jury after the case settled.
This was only the second jury trial against Watchtower, and the whole 5 days were a damning indictment on the policies and procedures of Watchtower society, with two whole days dedicated to arguing about whether elders were 'ministers' or not. John tells us the surprising outcome along with other fascinating details about how Watchtower try to stall and obfuscate in child abuse cases.
Listen to Bill, Neil and I duscuss the end of year figures from the year book, and find out if the Jehovahs Witnesses are increasing or decreasing. We also discuss the strange situation of the Faithful and Discreet Slave who partake of the emblems each year, and how this is figures rises inexplicably every year.
Bill also explains the detective work he has been doing to find out where all the money goes that is donated to WTS in Australia and why he thinks the WTS may not be making plans to satisfy the AUS$200 million + reparation bill any time soon.
Listen to the absolutely fascinating interview with Howie Rutledge Tran, who served as a Personal Assistant to several members of the Governing Body at Brooklyn Bethel for 11 years.
As well as personal insights about the behaviour and perculiarities of members of the Governing Body and the Bethel family, Howie relates how 'new light' was created.
Howie also relates his own heartbreaking personal journey, and how he fought for over a decade to deny who he was, before finding freedom, at a great cost.
If you don't listen to any other JWPodcast, listen to this one.
Happy Christmas to all our listeners. Thank you so much for being there. Without you, the Podcast is nothing. Love from the whole team: Bill Hahn, Neil Gardener, Betsy Jael, Ruben Ortiz, Heather Squad and Ste Rikhardsson and Louise Goode.
In this episode Bill Hahn explains why the Jehovahs Witnesses have been only one of five groups to be recalled by the Australian Royal Commission for further investigation. He also discusses the evidence for why there may be significantly more than 1006 child sexual abusers among Jehovahs Witnesses in Australia.
Also hear Alison Boniface explain how the FBI became interested in a Jehovahs Witness in the notorious Barry Congregation.
In this episose we interview the spokesman for the Oregon Chapter of the Satanic Temple, examine critical thinking.
We also look at the cases in Canada of two Jehovahs Witness women who died from refusing a blood transfusion in childbirth and discuss the test for medical consent. Do the Hospital Liaison Committee make it impossible for someone to genuinely consent to the refusal of blood when they are at the bedside of the patient constantly?
In this episode Ruben, Betsy and I discuss all the issues surrounding why cults cause people mental and physical health problems and what you can do to help. An absolutely fascinating discussion with some very moving personal experiences shared by the team.