Las 2 Orillas – 3rd August 2017
The war that the Jehovah’s Witnesses make to those who leave them
Alone and without families: this is the life of the excretives who decide to turn their backs on the Jehovah’s Witnesses
By: Javier Taeño * | August 03, 2017
Most of them suffer from depression, alcoholism and suicidal thoughts. And it is that to stop being a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses on many occasions necessarily represents a radical slam to all previous life. Friends, family and beliefs are left behind.
The group, founded in the nineteenth century in the United States, believes that the traditional Christian churches have deviated from the true teachings of the Bible and that the final battle between good and evil is in its final days, where only a few thousand they will survive. They have more than 8 million faithful and their influence on them is tremendous, to the point that it influences families to break ties with the excretives “so as not to harm the faith”.
BBC has compiled several cases of people in this situation who have dared to speak and show the dramatic situation in which they are left once they turn their back on the Witnesses.
There is for example the case of Sarah (fictitious name) who suffered violence from her partner. After refusing the elders of the faith to condemn the behavior of the man, the girl, encouraged by her co-workers, decided to leave the relationship behind forever. The result was that the organization disassociated her and all her friends and family cut ties with her, including her parents who refused to talk to her and expelled her from home. She was alone
A situation similar to that of John (also a fictitious name) who was expelled from the group for not attending a memorial tribute to the Witnesses. Although he had been a child, in private he had begun to harbor doubts about his beliefs and they had grown up after a friend of his died because he did not receive a blood transfusion because the organization forbids them. He has lost contact with his children, his brothers and his wife, who was the one who testified against him in the process of dissociation. John keeps writing to his loved ones from time to time, but he almost never gets an answer.
Terri O’Sullivan knows what it means to be alone. Seventeen years ago her mother expelled her from her home when she left religion and, as she is aware of the difficulties that people in her situation are going through, she decided to set up a support network to assist them and advise them. Ensures that most family relationships are affected after the dissociation processes. Starting from scratch is never easy.
Now what Sarah, John or Terri is trying to show is that despite the difficulties they can get ahead, fight with loneliness and start a new life away from a way of seeing religion that sometimes forces them to choose between faith and family.
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