Islam: The Religion of Peace?

WW2 is an unending fascination for me.  It is incomprehensible that a cultured, educated and advanced society that the Germans exhibited as being in the 1930-1940’s could have turned into such a murderous gang of rogues.

The scenes of mass murder are particularly disturbing as the following grainy, black and white photographs show of the massacre at Babi Yar, the site where 33,771 Jews were murdered in a single operation.  Estimates have been between 100,000 and 150,000 were murdered here:

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Murder on any scale is disturbing, but the systematic slaughter of millions of civilians on a mass scale numbs the senses.

As unsettling as these old photos are, a certain disconnect exists between us; perhaps it’s because they are black and white, poorly developed, or from a time and era too distant from where we are today.  With the rise of social media and the ubiquitous cellphone, we like our news fresh, right out of the starting gates.

Such fresh news is becoming abundant with the atrocities being committed by Islam around the world, and there is no longer that disconnect caused by poor quality media or vast stretches of time between the perpetrators of war crimes and viewers.  Today’s genocidal acts are in living color and can be instantly downloaded from those who record the acts on their cell phones, and those who view the clips on Youtube, social websites, or any number of news organizations.

In the last couple of days, I have watched some of these videos and have been stunned by what I’ve seen.  One of the most horrific was taken down the day I saw it here.  It showed Iraqi men—supposedly soldiers dressed in civilian clothes—in trucks that were then driven by the ISIS terrorists to a place where they were then lined up in trenches, face down in the dirt.  Men with machine guns then shot them all in the head.

Here is a sample photo from the massacre:

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This morning, I read an article that embedded the video in their page. If you can stomach it, here it is (the last five minutes are the most brutal).

One man in the video appeared to be begging for his life, but I don’t understand Arabic so I could not determine exactly what he was saying.

Before the video was taken down, another scene was with some of these men were led to the edge of a river.  A man with a pistol shot each in the head as the other man dumped the bodies, one after the other, into the water.  The cement at the feet of the shooter was drenched in blood.  You will see this in the video above.

These scenes are brutal, horrific and beyond understanding, reminiscent of what Hitler’s henchmen did, not only in Babi Yar, but in countless other places in Europe.  These atrocities, war crimes, are going on now, all in the name of Muhammad, the “Prophet of Peace.”

Here is an article with the accompanying video of men with their heads sliced off, skewered on fence posts.  I must warn you of the graphic nature of this video.

In many of these videos portraying the most savage acts of violence and cruelty, the phrase “Allahu akbar!” (God is great) can be heard repeated endlessly.  This god, Allah, apparently thrives on the most heinous acts of cruelty and torture his Quran quoting murderers can conjure up.

Imagine, if you will, the kind of scene that would develop if the men that were the objects of ISIS’s wrath—fellow Muslims—were Israeli Jews instead.  If Muslims treat fellow Muslims in such an inhumane and vicious way, what would their treatment look like toward despised Jews?  Is it any wonder why Israel is continuing their offensive in Gaza?  Would you want Hamas burrowing tunnels into your backyard or living room?

I believe it is time, once and for all, to renounce with all our communicative abilities, the lie that Islam is a “religion of peace.”  I will be the first to acknowledge that there are peaceful Muslims that practice their religion without the slightest desire to cut people’s heads off or shoot others in the head with machine guns.  But jihad is taught in the Quran, and if you are a Muslim wishing to be true to your religion, how do you explain that so many of your fellow Muslims quote the Quran as justification for these crimes?

The old saying, “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck…” applies to Islam, and if so many jihadists who routinely commit the most unspeakable crimes agains humanity appeal to the Quran for justification for why they do them, the conclusion is crystal clear.

 

 

A former JW tells his story

Rob S., from California,  is a former JW who contacted me after watching my latest Youtube video titled, “Jehovah’s Witnesses:  Hypocrisy on Steroids.”  His comments to those who disagreed with this video were so well thought out that I asked Rob to tell me his story:

“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I was raised to believe that this scripture at John 13:35 proved that I belonged to the one true religion. From infancy, my mind was conditioned to react favorably to Watchtower propaganda. I was conditioned not to question and not to research the things I was taught from their publications. The Watchtower had “lovingly” completed all the research for me. What need was there for me to question their love for me? My parents were both witnesses, and they couldn’t be wrong, could they?

I grew up on the Watchtower magazine that Jehovah’s Witnesses have used for so long to discredit “Babylon the Great,” the world empire of false religion. How guilty were all those people in the world who didn’t know Jehovah!  My grandparents would relate to me how close the “Great Tribulation” was:  it was just around the corner, and all I had to do to survive it was remain in Jehovah’s loving organization. If that was so, why didn’t I feel love from Jehovah? 

I grew up attending Witness congregations three nights a week.  For a young child in school, this can be tough. I was forced to stay awake at meetings, sit in one place for over an hour, listen to people explain things that were beyond my little mind—or suffer the wrath of my parents. Jehovah came first before everything, and it was important that my mind receive the correct conditioning.

Of course, I had to wake up early the next morning for school, and I was expected to focus on that as well. Maybe I should quit complaining because I still have the weekend. So what if I have to get dressed early Saturday morning so I can spend the afternoon knocking on doors with my parents?  The sad part about all of this is that I still have trouble sitting in one place and focusing on one thing without falling asleep…even to this day.

At least six times my parents have moved from one congregation to the next; one of them was due to the fact that we were between houses and didn’t stay in the area long. Four of those moves can be attributed to problems my parents had with the body of elders.

I grew up being toted around from one congregation to another by my parents because it was important that I receive the proper conditioning. Obviously, the purpose for this was so that I could tote my children around from congregation to congregation when I grew up and raised a witness family of my own.

I didn’t break the Jehovah’s Witness conditioning until after I was thirty years old. It was then, in 2011, that I saw a new world for the first time. Jehovah’s Witness apostates were not devil worshippers. Charles Taze Russell was an Egyptologist, who had a pyramid for his gravestone! Jehovah’s Witnesses disowned their family members as new darkness loomed over the congregation.

It is a humbling experience when you first realize that you had live half a lifetime ensnared by a cult organization. Once you’ve breathed fresh air for the first time, you can begin learning what life is about. There is truth out there, and finding it is an amazing journey. The Watchtower Society does preach some truth, but not before they’ve warped and twisted it so far beyond recognition that you may never notice the hole they’ve led you into until it’s too late.

There is an estimated eight million witnesses now, all preaching that hate is love, and darkness is light. Is there any wonder why people hide in their homes when the doorbell rings?

— Rob S.

“Five Reasons Why I’m Not a Jehovah’s Witness”

My new e-book, “Five Reasons Why I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness,” is available for purchase.  I am offering it on a “whatever you can afford” basis, with a suggested retail price of $9.95.

If you can’t pay the $9.95,  set a price you can afford and only pay that amount.   If you are flush with cash and can pay extra so that others less fortunate than you can get a copy for free, feel free to do so.

Here’s how to get a copy:  go to the Paypal “donate” button on the left side of the screen and follow the instructions for payment.  Then, send me an email at:  adobemastr@gmail.com letting me know you placed your order.  I will email you the file when I verify receipt of funds.  Please also let me know what device (laptop, smart phone, e-reader, etc.) you will read the book on.

The e-book is formatted at the moment for use on laptops.  I’m not exactly sure how it will “flow” on a Kindle or e-reader, but I’m certain it won’t be too much of a problem using those type of devices.  If you have any formatting problems, let me know and we will work out a solution.

I believe you will enjoy reading “Five Reasons Why I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness.”  Please send me your comments, suggestions, and even criticisms after reading it.  Thank you!

Here is the Table of Contents:

Preface

Chapter One:  They don’t believe Jesus died for your sins

Chapter Two:  They have a false Jesus

Chapter Three:  They have changed the Bible

Chapter Four:  They practice shunning

Chapter Five:  They frown upon higher education

Epilogue

Bio

 

Update on video: “Jehovah’s Witnesses: Hypocrisy on Steroids”

As of today, July 25, 2014, my latest Youtube video has received 8,000 views and almost 400 comments.  Not bad for a video that was uploaded on June 11, 2014.

One of my favorite comments comes from Jeremy, a fifteen year old JW.  He wrote (all comments are unedited):

“I was born into the religion and still am a Jehovah’s witness. I am currently 15. I said my age that way you know I am not too immature to understand. I am appalled by what I saw and I would like to give you an apology for the treatment you received.

But I would like to say that not all of us are like that. Some of us do believe in what we preach. However, you are correct, they wrongfully treated you. That is not the correct way we were taught to handle a situation like that one. The way I learned to allow to you visit and listen to what we have to say. You are free to have your own beliefs and opinions.

But please don’t make it seem like all of us are like that. I personally believe that it was your right to see what we had to say. Catch whatever you needed on camera. The mere fact that you showed up says that you were interested in seeing us how we really are. I am just sorry that you had to see the behavior demonstrated that day. It was completely disrespectful and I apologize for the  behavior of my people.  –  Jeremy”

For 15, Jeremy  has some real insight; I was impressed with his comment and thanked him.  My intent on going to JW conventions like this one in Tucson are for people like Jeremy.  He was born into this cult and is being raised as a JW, which means he is being brainwashed into believing this organization is “the truth” from an early age.

When a teen-ager like Jeremy sees a video like mine and reacts in the manner he did, there is hope for him.  If he can see the blatant hypocrisy at such an early age, hopefully this will be a seed planted in his mind that will grow into a tree of knowledge that will one day lead him out into freedom.

Jeremy wrote that he “was appalled by what I saw.”  That is another good sign, because if you read some of the other comments posted on the video, you will see that other JW’s don’t share his views.

Here is an example from “Moe”:

“So you wanted to go to a place where everyone is peaceful and trying to worship God to aggravate them? No wonder God wants to get rid of people like you.”

Or this one:

“… he’s a drama queen, causing disruption.. it accomplishes nothing to do this, but make a scene, and stir up trouble. I’m an ex jw, but this si the kind of guy that DOES need his *ss kicked. he’s lucky they are jws, or they would have.. get a life, go home and do something worthwhile to help the people… but then,thats not your point is it? idiot”

One thing I have learned from my long associations in dealing with various JW’s and ex-JW’s:  they are among some of the most hateful and violent of people; not as bad as the Muslims, but a few steps down from that insane crowd.

To clarify, I don’t wish to suggest that all JW’s and ex-JW’s are hateful and violent, for that is certainly not the case.  But in my personal interactions with many in both these groups, I do run into what seems to be an inordinate amount of haters.  Perhaps this is due to my activism in seeking to expose this cult that attracts such negative responses.

Hopefully, Jeremy’s family is not raising him this way, but I don’t have much hope.  We are dealing with spiritual issues, and there are certain “principalities and powers” that energize, guide and direct religious movements.  In my dealings with your typical JW at the summer conventions, the spirit guiding this group is not the kind of spirit you want to have sitting down with you at dinner.

 

Bad news for Gay Pride

With all the news about LGBTQ gains in the United States and traditional marriage (one man, one woman) laws falling like dominoes, a little perspective is always in order.

For as long as I have been involved in exposing the hypocrisy of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, I have also been involved in exposing the equally disturbing false messages that come out of the “rainbow community.”

For decades, one of the many distorted hysterics that the gay community has  promulgated on easily deceived Americans is the mantra, “Everybody is at risk for contracting HIV.”  This has succeeded in whipping up enough hysteria in the country so that billions upon billions of tax dollars have gone into research to prevent this dreaded disease from killing off all of the people that the gay community has convinced is threatened by this incurable virus.

But facts are not only stubborn things, they are often unwanted.  Consider this report from the CDC that reports that, while HIV rates are plummeting among heterosexuals, they are rising among gays and bisexuals.

This news should have made front page headlines around the country, but if it did, it would then compete with the daily drumbeat of “gay victories” that the news media spoon feeds its readers about the glorious gains that gay sex is having among progressive (i.e., biblically illiterate and deluded) Americans.

But back to the facts.  For some reason, the truth that men who have sex with men (MSM), of all races and ethnicities, are, and always have been, the one group most “profoundly affected by HIV,” curiously surprises most people.  After all, as the gay mantra goes, “Everyone is at risk for HIV.”  Remember?

Why is it, one might ask, that HIV/AIDS is receding among heterosexuals but increasing among MSM?  But perhaps my question is premature and I should first ask, “Why is it that MSM have always been disproportionately affected by this deadly disease?”  This seems like a better starting point in finding out the answers to both questions.

Without wishing to sound crude and unmannerly, let me just be honest and direct:  MSM have an unusually perverse love affair with, well…let me just say it:  anal sex.  Lots and lots of it.

Many people don’t properly conceptualize this particularly disgusting act of human “intercourse.”  In our modern era, and particularly among the under forty crowd, anal sex has lost quite a bit of its repellent reputation among the masses.  For an increasing number of people, it is now looked upon–unfortunately–as being somewhat of a normal behavior among heterosexuals and, with homosexuals, has always been considered the rite de passage for entrance into their perverse lifestyle.

As mentioned above, homosexuals have a morbid and unhealthy fascination with, and again I apologize for having to be a bit crude here, other men’s dirty anuses…you know, that one unmentionable part of the human anatomy that is never the subject of dinner conversation in polite society.

And for some reason, this love affair with the anus among MSM is the very reason why they are disproportionately affected with the disease.

One would think, with all the knowledge that we have gained concerning HIV and how it is mainly transmitted (anally), that the homosexual’s addiction and fascination with other men’s “elimination tubes” would be somewhat diminished.  But alas, this does not appear to be the case at all.  According to all available evidence, this love affair with this particularly unmentionable part of the male anatomy only increases among sex-crazed MSM.

Now, another “gay mantra” is that “all love is good,” but in the case of anal sex, I’m convinced we have found an exception.  And until the homosexual community finds a way to break free from this abominable obsession, they will continue to find themselves at the wrong end (no pun intended) of these statistics.

 

 

Gay Pride!

We hear so much about Gay Pride that I have to throw my hat into the ring in celebrating it.

But since many are gushing about how wonderful same-sex marriage is and how traditional marriage is stifling and homophobic, I want to take a different approach on this subject.  This is one that, according to my knowledge and research, is never discussed:  the “real face” of Gay Pride.

First, allow me to go back to 1982, when the first mention of a mysterious and deadly disease first hit the evening news.  I remember this day in history well, because it was the first or second day after leaving the hospital where I had been confined for about two weeks.

I had broken my right femur bone in a serious motorcycle accident and was recuperating at the University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ.  After two weeks in this hospital, I told my doctor that I could not stand another day there; I was leaving, even if it meant I had to crawl on my hands and knees to escape.

He said to me, “Roy, you look like a ghost, white as a sheet.  You need four pints of blood before I will consent to your discharge.”

He did not want me to leave even if I did receive the needed blood, but I didn’t care what he thought.  Remember, I was 22 years-old at the time, full of spunk and grit, and I hated that pain-filled place so much, where they hurt me so often and regular, that I was going to leave that day…with or without the blood.

After receiving the four pints, my girlfriend drove me to a friends house where I spent the next six months in recovery.  Coincidentally, as mentioned above, a news report came on the six o’clock news about this new disease called “GRID.”

How many of you remember what this acronym stands for?  Not many people do:  “Gay Related Immune Deficiency.”  This is what AIDS was originally called.

In other words, we have the homosexual community to thank for the AIDS epidemic coming into America.  Now that’s something to be proud about, don’t you think?  This is some real “Gay Pride.”

But I wasn’t feeling to proud of the gay community back in 1982 when I learned about this deadly disease.  Here I was, sitting in agony at the place where I was recuperating, and learning about GRID.  And the worst thing was this strange and deadly virus had tainted the blood supply.

Tainted the blood supply?  But I just received four pints, right?  And the news was clear that, at this point in time, there was no mechanism in place that was screening the blood supply for this horrific disease.

I carried this fear for about 20 years.  Always in the back of my mind, I wondered about those four pints of blood that had become an integral part of my body.  Like most men back then, the thought of getting tested for AIDS and the surrounding stigma it would inevitably bring was too much for me; I refused to get tested.

Finally, wisdom and reason got the best of me and, about twenty years later, I finally got tested:  my blood was fine.  Praise the name of Jesus!

In 1986, GRID was officially changed to AIDS.  Unfortunately, this post is neither the time nor place to go into all the details of why the name was changed; this is for another time.  Suffice to say, homosexuals wanted to be as far removed as possible from being known as the primary group which introduced AIDS into the United States…and understandably so.

It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  In Driver’s Ed in high school, we watched a movie called “Red Asphalt.”  It was a film about highway accidents from poor driving, and it was very graphic. It was so disturbing to me that even now, in my fifties, I drive carefully because of those horrific images that made a lasting impression on me.

Graphic imagery works, and is often the only thing that can spur real change in people or motivate them to fight injustice.  The gruesome picture of Emmet Till after being savagely murdered by southern racists is attributed to kick-starting the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s.

Why, then, do we never see pictures of AIDS victims?  Why doesn’t the government run gruesome pictures of AIDS patients on television like they do with people who smoke?  Why don’t homosexuals, during their “gay pride” events, prominently display pictures of their lovers who were in the final stages of AIDS?  After all, they are “out and proud,” correct?  So why not show the fruits of their pride?

Google “pictures of people with AIDS” and see what comes up.  Pretty vanilla.  Try the same search in Google images.  Better, but still fairly mild.  You have to dig a bit to get to the real “gay pride,” and let me tell you, it’s not appetizing.  So I will give you just a taste, an aperitif, of the kind of “pride” that gay men have to look forward to as a reward of their “sexual freedom.”

I must warn you before hand:  these are disgusting pictures, and if you can look at them for any length of time and not feel like puking, you have some real strength.

I found this particular website where these pictures came from at least seven years or so ago.  They come from an AIDS hospice in Thailand.  Unlike the US, where AIDS/HIV positive victims have easy access to expensive medication (paid for, by the most part, by the government), these unfortunate souls are left to die without much help in the way of meds.  These pictures are what the real face of AIDS looks like:

 

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Now, these are not the most horrific of the pictures–far from it, but I did not want to spoil your entire appetite.  Here is the site for those of you who are brave and want to see more.  If you click on the link, you will be taken to a screen with no pictures.  Look at the upper left hand side of the screen, in the box, and find the word:  “Abscess-30”.  Click on this and enjoy the full colored shots of “Gay Pride.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raymond Franz, former JW Governing Body member

Raymond Franz was a former Governing Body member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Since there are so few of these men who have occupied this top position among JW’s, whatever he has to say carries much weight with all JW’s.

Or at least it should.  Franz was disfellowshipped because he began to see that the organization that he loved and faithfully served in had some deep issues.

Franz’a story is unique, particularly since he was a Governing Body member.  Unfortunately, his story is not widely known because of the fact that he was disfellowshipped.  This is tragic, because his insights on the inner workings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS) are priceless.

Franz wrote two books after he left the organization:  “Crisis of Conscience” and “In search of Christian Freedom.”  Crisis of Conscience has undoubtably had the greatest impact on many JW’s, because they attribute reading it as the catalyst that propelled them out of the organization.

Recently, I discovered a link on the internet for the entire book…for free.  I want to encourage anyone interested in learning more about JW’s to download this free resource and discover for themselves what this man had to say.

If you are an active JW, I hope that you will read it also.  There are also videos on Youtube that tell about his remarkable journey.

Fourth of July

The Fourth of July  celebration for Americans signifies, among other things, freedom.

Freedom from tyranny from those who would seek to keep freemen enslaved to ideologies contrary to the concept of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Americans are losing those freedoms we have taken for granted since the founding of our country over 200 years ago.  The America I live in today is not the same country I grew up in as a boy in the 1960’s.

For the past several weeks, I have been responding to comments from my most recent youtube video exposing the hypocrisy of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  This group represents an ugly, yet rarely discussed, phenomena in America today:  the modern day slavery of millions of minds.

If freedom means anything, it means the ability for anyone to think and believe what they choose to.  Certainly, not all belief systems are the same, but if you want to believe that only 144,000 people are going to heaven, don’t expect me to darken the door of your Kingdom Hall.

As a Christian, I have strong beliefs in certain areas, but I understand that you have equally strong beliefs in other areas that we will never agree upon.   But if you don’t believe exactly the way I do, I’m not going to treat you as one who is “mentally diseased” and shun you until you change your mind and come around to my peculiar way of thinking.

People who don’t goose-step to the unorthodox teachings of the Governing Body (GB) of Jehovah’s Witnesses are looked upon as “mentally diseased.”  In particular, this term is reserved for former JW’s who have seen the light and no longer choose to slavishly follow each and every aberrant teaching of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS).

Freedom of thought and conscience is not practiced in this destructive cult.

For those members of the WTBTS who choose to think for themselves and no longer wish to associate with their taskmasters, the GB has special treatment reserved just for you:  shunning.

If you are one of the unfortunates to be shunned, all those who formerly loved and respected you will treat you as if you were suddenly transformed into a loathsome insect.  Not even parents will escape the cruelty and disrespect of such shameful behavior by their children:  they will no longer eat with you, spend family time together, or allow you prolonged contact with the grandchildren.

For those who have never been introduced to this Inquisition-styled teaching of the WTBTS, you will think I am joking, or at the least, exaggerating.  Unfortunately, you will find what I’m saying is true by spending fifteen minutes in research on the internet.

When an organization exercises such suffocating control over people that they can convince adult children that their own parents are “mentally diseased” because of a doctrinal peculiarity, the concept of freedom celebrated on the Fourth of July is as hollow as the ringing of the Liberty Hall calling all the citizens of Philadelphia to hear a public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776.

That precious document was a declaration of war against the tyrant of the King of England.  We need another declaration of war using only weapons of reason and truth against the WTBTS to put an end to the religious tyranny they have imposed upon the bodies, souls and spirits of their brainwashed millions.

 

 

 

Update on video: “Jehovah’s Witnesses: Hypocrisy on steroids”

As of today, July 25, 2014, my latest Youtube video has received 8,000 views and almost 400 comments.  Not bad for a video that was uploaded on June 11, 2014.

One of my favorite comments comes from Jeremy, a fifteen year old JW.  He wrote (all comments are unedited):

“I was born into the religion and still am a Jehovah’s witness. I am currently 15. I said my age that way you know I am not too immature to understand. I am appalled by what I saw and I would like to give you an apology for the treatment you received.

But I would like to say that not all of us are like that. Some of us do believe in what we preach. However, you are correct, they wrongfully treated you. That is not the correct way we were taught to handle a situation like that one. The way I learned to allow to you visit and listen to what we have to say. You are free to have your own beliefs and opinions.

But please don’t make it seem like all of us are like that. I personally believe that it was your right to see what we had to say. Catch whatever you needed on camera. The mere fact that you showed up says that you were interested in seeing us how we really are. I am just sorry that you had to see the behavior demonstrated that day. It was completely disrespectful and I apologize for the  behavior of my people.  –  Jeremy”

For 15, Jeremy  has some real insight; I was impressed with his comment and thanked him.  My intent on going to JW conventions like this one in Tucson are for people like Jeremy.  He was born into this cult and is being raised as a JW, which means he is being brainwashed into believing this organization is “the truth” from an early age.

When a teen-ager like Jeremy sees a video like mine and reacts in the manner he did, there is hope for him.  If he can see the blatant hypocrisy at such an early age, hopefully this will be a seed planted in his mind that will grow into a tree of knowledge that will one day lead him out into freedom.

Jeremy wrote that he “was appalled by what I saw.”  That is another good sign, because if you read some of the other comments posted on the video, you will see that other JW’s don’t share his views.

Here is an example from “Moe”:

“So you wanted to go to a place where everyone is peaceful and trying to worship God to aggravate them? No wonder God wants to get rid of people like you.”

Or this one:

“… he’s a drama queen, causing disruption.. it accomplishes nothing to do this, but make a scene, and stir up trouble. I’m an ex jw, but this si the kind of guy that DOES need his *ss kicked. he’s lucky they are jws, or they would have.. get a life, go home and do something worthwhile to help the people… but then,thats not your point is it? idiot”

One thing I have learned from my long associations in dealing with JW’s and ex-JW’s:  they are among some of the most hateful and violent of people; not as bad as the Muslims, but a few steps down from that insane crowd.

Hopefully, Jeremy’s family is not raising him this way, but I don’t have much hope.  We are dealing with spiritual issues, and there are certain “principalities and powers” that energize, guide and direct religious movements.  In my dealings with your typical JW at the summer conventions, the spirit guiding this group is not the kind of spirit you want to have sitting down with you at dinner.