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Jehovah’s Witnesses and The Mentally DiseasedSubmitted by Andrew on May 15, 2012 - 12:58 pm 21 Comments
Before I start, I’d like to admit something. My name is not Ben. It is Andrew. I had to keep a false name because of the problems I would have been given by Jehovah’s Witnesses, but now that I am not a Jehovah’s Witness, I frankly don’t care what they think. I am an ‘apostate’ and damned proud of it. Most Jehovah’s Witnesses here in Cyprus seem to treat me like an apostate anyway, as this post will show. In fact, before I became a contributing member of JehovahsWitnessBlog.com, the elders in the Nicosia English Congregation had called me several times to accuse me of being an apostate (they even lied to me in order to get me to a meeting with them). I wasn’t doing any ‘apostasy’ at the time, but the orignal Ben was leaving the JWB team, and it seemed like a good idea to take his place. So here I am, still thankful to the elders for pointing me towards this website. From now on, I’ll post under my real name.
So, let’s begin. In the July 15th 2011 issue of the Watchtower, the Jehovah’s Witness organization called all apostates mentally diseased, which caused quite a kerfuffle. It’s typical cult tactics – rather than address the issues raised by former members of the religion, which they could do if they actually had answers, they resort to foul tactics of running them down instead, in order that the regular Jehovah’s Witness will view apostates as extremely negative.
Yesterday, I went to the supermarket, where a Jehovah’s Witness called Eleni Drousiotis (a loud-mouthed wife of an elder, David, in the Nisou English congregation) bumped into me, my wife, and my kids. She was very friendly, saying hello with a big smile on her face – to my wife. Not to me. No, no, no! You see, I am an apostate! She rudely ignored me as if I wasn’t even there. I have decided that next time a Jehovah’s Witness here in Cyprus decides to ignore me instead of being polite, I’ll make them regret it by embarrassing the holy spirit out of them.
But then I came across an article on the Watchtower’s official website called, When Someone You Love Has a Mental Disorder. Oh goody! Let’s take a look at how Jehovah’s Witnesses should treat a ‘mentally diseased’ person such as an apostate! It might be a small point, but I particularly liked this paragraph:
Stay connected. Communication is vital, even though at times it may seem that your comments are misconstrued. The responses of someone with a mental disorder can be unpredictable, and his or her emotions may seem inappropriate to the situation at hand. Nevertheless, finding fault with the sufferer’s remarks will only heap guilt on top of depression. When words fail, sit quietly and listen. Acknowledge feelings and thoughts without condemning. Strive to remain calm. You and your loved one will benefit if you simply and consistently show that you care. This was true for Matt. A few years later, he expressed his appreciation for those whom he said were “helping me when I didn’t want help.”
Wait a minute! How can this be? So, being mentally diseased means they should avoid me on the one hand, yet this article says they should stay connected and listen carefully. I’d love to have a long discussion with many Jehovah’s Witnesses about their cult and the lies they have shovelled, but I doubt any of them would let me.
On a side-note, where do the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses get off giving advice to people about issues they have no knowledge about. Are they Doctors? Psychologists? Caregivers? Of course not! Their advice could be sound, or it might not be – I don’t know because there are no references to any sources of information that would back up their claims. Surprised? No, neither was I.
Back to the main point. Jehovah’s Witnesses are hypocrites, and a cult. You can tell someone is in a cult when they act in a certain way that is contrary to regular behaviour, and they can justify it to themselves. Of course, we all know it’s very rude to completely ignore someone, not even to say ‘hello’, when they are stood right in front of you, but talk to the rest of their family. We all know that spreading lies about people being ‘mentally diseased’ is hateful. We all know, for instance, that letting a child die rather than give them blood is inexcusable. Try telling that to a Jehovah’s Witness! They make me sick.
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