Amber Scorah – Traveling Out of a Religion in “Leaving the Witness” | The Daily Show


Welcome to the show. Thank you.
I’m so happy to be here. You’ve written
an intriguing book that takes us on a journey
through your life. You know, it-it starts off
in a place that many people
are familiar with. Growing up
in a very religious household as a Jehovah’s Witness. Now they…
People may not be familiar -with that part
as the religion… -Yeah. but everyone’s grown up, or many
people have grown up religious. And you begin this journey
that slowly changes over time. Let’s start with that part before we really reveal
where your journey takes you. What is it like
to be a Jehovah’s Witness? I mean, because we laugh
from the outside. Um… -I know you do.
-No, no, really. Peop… -I’ve heard the jokes.
-Yes, people are just… -You know what I mean?
The knocking on the doors. -Yes. And the peop…
Like the… like the… Like, as a Jehovah’s Witness,
did you know about that, or were you… were you
completely oblivious? I think as a Jehovah’s Witness,
every time, if in a movie, there was a joke
about a Jehovah’s Witness, or in a comedy show, we kind of
liked it, ’cause it kind of… We would laugh along with it,
and it was like, -at least we were getting
some attention. -Right. Maybe it was a way
of being in the world, ’cause we lived kind of cut off
from the world in our own way. -Interesting. -But, you know,
Prince was a Jehovah’s Witness, so, there-there were
mainstream people, -and we were very excited
when that happened. -Huh. -That’s an interesting one.
-Yeah. There’s-there’s a part
of the book that I… that I really enjoy. It’s early on
where you talk about how you would go
to these houses, and you would knock
on peoples’ doors. And some of these neighborhoods
were really rich and fancy. -Yeah. -And some people
would cuss you out. Some people would threaten you
and tell you to leave. Other people wouldn’t answer. But there’s a beautiful line
in the book where you say, “I would come back
the next year, and I would be shocked that
these sinners are still alive.” And you, like, “That’s not what
my religion has told me. -They should be dead by now.”
-Mm-hmm. Was that a…
was that a weird moment for you, or did you just push it
to the back of your head? I mean, I guess it was…
We had been taught from being very young that the
world was going to end any day. Like,
in-in our children’s books, there were centerfold spreads,
artists’ conceptions -of what Armageddon
would look like. -Right. And we were just little kids
reading this. But there were pictures of,
like, -fire coming down from Heaven…
-Yes. …wiping out all the people, basically all of you,
no offense. (laughter) So yeah, it…
I think it was something that was constantly on our mind, and that’s why we lived
the way that we did, because we thought
the world was ending. I mean, why do you think
we spent so much time preaching? -It’s, you know, it wasn’t that
much fun. -Because you believe. Yeah, we believe, yeah. And
there was a certain smugness, you know, like, where we
felt like we had the truth and we were sharing with people,
and if they didn’t listen, well, too bad.
(laughs) You truly believed
in a way that I find admirable. Because in the book you talk
about how you left America and moved to China to preach
and to be a missionary. And China,
for those who don’t know, is one of the countries
where it’s illegal to do that. You’re not allowed
to preach religion to people. You’re not allowed
to be a missionary. So that, like,
takes a real level of belief. Why China, and why
would you take that risk? Um, I think that
there was probab… I mean, I had been raised
as a Jehovah’s Witness, so I did fully believe it, and I
really did want to help people. My motives, you know,
in my own mind, were pure, that I thought
I was saving people’s… -sorry, I thought I was
saving people’s lives. -Right. Um, but I think, also, there was
probably some latent thing in me -where I wanted an adventure.
-Mm-hmm. Because when you’re
a Jehovah’s Witness, as most of you probably know,
a lot of people -don’t open their door or…
-Yes, we know, we know. -slam the door.
-(laughter) And so, you know, that gets
a little tiresome after a while, so I think that
that was part of it, too, and, you know,
if you went to a country where no one
had ever preached before, it feels like fresh territory. -It’s, like, you got new blood.
-Right. It’s-it’s an interesting world
that you take us into. What-what’s
really beautiful, though, is when you start witnessing
the changes. Because you go out to be
a missionary to these people out there to tell them
about being a Jehovah’s Witness, and in a strange way it’s almost
like they start converting you, because you meet people
who tell you about the world, you meet people who show you
a different perspective, and that started to shift your
views on religion– in what way? Yeah, that’s…
(clears throat) that’s exactly what happened,
in that, um… I think when I was at home,
well, first of all, I didn’t get that far–
I didn’t really, you know, come to the point where someone
would sit down and listen to me and, you know, listen to me
go through our books -and study with them
in my hometown. -Right. But in China, more people would
listen to what I had to say. And I think being
in a different language and a different culture, it
kind of really disoriented me. And even learning Chinese–
I learned Mandarin– um, learning that language,
it’s not just like a language where you can just translate
from English. -You really have to kind of
excavate your mind -Interesting. and change the way you think
in order to speak it. But also, there was
the strange side effect of being in this country where, as we all know, there’s not
a lot of freedom, but for a Jehovah’s Witness
in China, there was a lot of freedom,
because the organization, anywhere else in the world,
is very structured and quite insular,
and you have a lot of meetings and preaching that you do,
and in China, because the work is done
secretly under, you know, it’s under ban there,
uh, suddenly, I just had a lot more freedom
and time on my own. And also the opportunity
to meet people and talk more deeply with them, people who weren’t
Jehovah’s Witnesses. Honestly, I-I don’t pass
judgment because, as I say, many of us have grown up
extremely religiously. And those levels of religion
are defined across religions. You know, some people would
label Jehovah’s Witness as a cult, they would say
it’s completely a cult. You speak to that in the book. Others would argue that any
religion can become a cult depending on
how you practice it. When you look at your life now,
you left the religion. And one of the hardest parts
of leaving the religion was how you were cut off from
your family and your society. It feels like that,
in of itself, lends itself more
to being culty then-then other mainstream
religions in a way. Like, what was that like
for you? Yeah. I think, um, there’s a
scene in the book where one of the characters
tells me I’m in a cult, and I react very strongly. I felt really angry and I was
adamant that that wasn’t true. Does anyone who’s in a cult
ever know they’re in a cult? -That’s…
-Mm… Yeah. You know, I don’t think–
I don’t think they do. -Except the leader, hopefully.
-Yeah. -I mean, yeah.
-Maybe. (laughs) Um, but it was when I started
to have doubts, and questions
and started to leave. I think when you try
to leave a group, and then strange things
start happening, that can be when it starts
to occur to you -that maybe you might have been
in a cult. -Right. -You might be in a cult when…
-Yeah. For example, as you said,
if you’re, you know– It wasn’t like I was ranting
and raving about it. I wasn’t, like, in the church
being like, “This is wrong.” But I-I mentioned
a couple things, maybe some doubts
that I had had, and very quickly, my community
just shed me as a person. And that’s quite a big thing
for people who have been taught to build their life around
a community. So that felt strange, and then
I think the further– you know, I got one step away
after that happened– and the further I got away
from it, I would start to see other
things, examine other things, -like the different beliefs
that they have, -Right. um, whether they cause harm. I think that’s a good gage,
whether a group– I mean, religions can do– be a cause for good,
but they can also, on the flip side,
can be a cause for harm. -Right.
-So, for example, um, Jehovah’s Witnesses
don’t believe in taking blood transfusions
even if it saves your life, and so that’s caused
thousands of deaths. So, that’s… When I started
to think about that more, um, with a little bit
of distance, it started, to me, feel like
it’s not that much different than Kool-Aid, drinking Kool-Aid -if people are dying
unnecessarily. -Right. So, there’s little signs
along the way that started to make me feel
that it was a group that was not really
a positive, um… Didn’t have
a really positive effect -on a lot of people.
-Right. When we look
at this-this journey, you-you are traveling
into a religion, through a religion
and then out of the religion. The one question
I always have for people is what do you then
replace that with in your life? Because, I mean, religion is
such a big part of your world -if you are deeply religious.
-Yeah. Where have you turned to
since then? I mean, you talk in the book
about suffering tragic loss. -You know, you lost a child.
-Yeah. Many people would lean
on religion in those moments. What have you now turned to
in your life to replace that-that stability? Yeah. I think that when
we go through difficult times or tragedies, the impulse… There’s some instinct in us
as humans is to look outward to try and look
for something to absolve or, like, to-to heal the pain. And when you
no longer believe… For me, it-it wasn’t a choice
to believe anymore. Once I believed
and then kind of, like, just scales fell from my eyes,
to use a biblical term, and then didn’t,
it wasn’t possible for me to just return
and believe something again. -Right. -So, I think that
the big thing that comes to mind is that when I had…
when I was in the religion, I felt like I had the answers
to every question. Like, anything. Why do we die?
Why is there suffering? Uh, and then that felt
really meaningful. -Mm-hmm.
-Like, my life had meaning. But when you…
when you leave the religion and you realize
that those answers weren’t true, well, if an answer isn’t true,
then it’s not meaningful. So, basically,
when you have some future hope that you no longer believe in,
what do you have? You don’t have a, you know, a fictional future
in front of you. You have what’s
in front of you now. And for me,
just being present in the world and knowing
that now my life is finite, it’s not gonna go on forever, it’s kind of made me see
the world as a more… -Like, the beauty in the world.
-Right. And even in not having
all the answers, I think there’s a lot of magic. Um, there’s a lot of mystery
that we can’t know right now, but that can be something
that’s really meaningful -and interesting, um,
to consider. -Right. And as far as when my son died,
the thing with… You know, when we do look
at the world, there’s also pain. There’s no denying that.
But even… I think that the pain that,
of course, I carry with me due to the loss of my son, um, the flip side of it,
of that grief, is the depth of the love
that I had for him. And, so, to me,
I think when I consider that love of the mother
and the child, -it really is
a transcendent love. -Mm-hmm. And I experience that love
without religion. So, to me, I think that life
just has meaning inherently. It’s just that I’ve traded in
maybe the future for the now. It’s a beautiful journey, and it’s a really powerful book
with some wonderful insights. -Thank you so much for being
on the show. -Thank you. -Thanks for having me.
-Wonderful having you here. Leaving the Witness
is available now. Amber Scorah, everybody.




Comments
  1. I grew up in a witness household as well. I’ve never actually became a JW but my family didn’t cut me off as she’s described but they have always encouraged me to return and become one. I’m guessing everyone’s experience is different and this is her story. Good watch!

  2. Losing religion is a lot easier if you concurrently gain knowledge about the real world. One theme appears again and again in deconversion stories: I learned too much.

  3. Sobering insights for all us. Something traumatic and liberating in that transition from dogma to pragma. And the dogma may be religio, politico, socio, economic, scientisist… There's always beauty in the release.

  4. As an ex-JW (left in 2001, while still a teen, against my parents' wishes of course) who has experienced what it is like to have what was your world at the time cut you off entirely, it is heartwarming to see other ex-JWs speaking out about their experiences.

  5. Dear Trevor Noah, This Jehovahs Witnesses Religion is indeed a cult. From the outside looking in it may not seem as such but it is. Please have on Lloyd Evans, he goes under the pseudonym Lloyd Evans on YouTube. That alone should tell you a little about the cult, he needed to use a pseudonym in his early youtube days.

  6. So odd that this was published a few days after I had a visit from them. No pleasant intro talk, just straight to the salesman like talk with misused and misinterpreted sections from the Bible that originated from the Catholic Church.

    Glad she found her way to personal enlightenment through introspection and open minded discussions with others

  7. i have a lot of family who r Jehovahs witnesses. my parents for the most part raised us Christian. today im…..i guess agnostic. But as a kid, for a while, every other weekend me and my brother had to go to the hall with my Jehovahs witness family. And as a 7 year old kid hearing the world is gonna end pissed off my parents because of how scared we got. Even today when i visit them, SOMEHOW they sneak watch towers in my bag and i dnt notice until i get home…..in my opinion, it felt like a cult and they still try to invite me to do field service with them.

  8. Jehovah's Witnesses have a messed up theology for sure and as a Christian, there are tough moments but I think true Christianity gives so many answers and comfort than leaving it.

  9. "I've traded the "[maybe] future" for "now"". Does that mean she has doubts about her future, that she perhaps still believes in the 'maybe- promise' of "paradise", or other hopes that they believe in?

  10. I have been considering writing a book or family memoir myself on this very subject with my JW family. I am glad to see now former JWs wake up and most importantly, speak out. The internet has been key to that, I believe. I left 21 years ago and what I did was unheard of at that time in the sense of leaving. Good for her. Maybe I'll write mine also.

  11. I grew up going to a Baptist church in the South. The more I learned about my religion, I realized that it truly was a cult, and also the root of racism, imperialism, slavery, the mistreatment of women, and wealth/education disparities….
    😲 [Say whaaaattt???]
    I mean, think about it: The story of Eve (the "original sinner", a woman) causing men to think they should make decisions for us/or that we shouldn't be in charge, because we are "incapable" of doing so….or the whole "Light vs Dark = Good vs Evil" nonsense, because historically the white (light) people have oppressed the "dark" people worldwide….or "Thou shall not kill, unless it's in the name of religion" – convert or be killed mentality (Crusades/Spanish Inquisition)…..and I thought Moses said let his people (slaves) go, but Christians couldn't get enough slavery it seems.
    & For a long time, the ONLY people who could read/write were leaders of the church, government and aristocracy. How would any unlearned person ever question the church? Or dare I say, even the Government? Lol
    🤔🤔🤔🤔
    Or the fact that the Old Testament came from Judaism, as it is the entire Torah. Then one fine day, a group of other people decided to copy and paste that, then remix the ending by calling it the New Testament and adding a superhero character named Jesus (a "white" guy born in the middle East somehow with wooly hair) who is the "only begotten son of God" (thought we were all God's children?). But somehow he IS God and also the Holy Spirit? And instead of actual God, we are supposed to pray to Jesus?? But…but..I thought we shall not "Worship false idols" or put another God before him, right?…or the fact that there are TWO very different stories in the bible of the creation of the earth, one in Genesis, the other in Deuteronomy…
    🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
    LOL it's enough to make anyone's head spin…Get out while you still can. There's even still time to acknowledge climate change and help save the earth! 😉🌍

  12. Purchasing a bible and a qur'an has helped me see how poorly written they are. And where the violence in those religions come from.

  13. The religion doesn't teach you that people die immediately they don't listen to Bible messages so Amber Scorah you got that wrong. The Bible says that God is patient with people and wants everyone to be saved. People also die after taking blood transfusion so its a personal choice Amber

  14. Religion has caused so much division and rift in this country that I think we should exclusively have a faithless leadership in White house. Just stick to state affairs that benefits All.

  15. Thank you for not making a characature of this person who had such religious conviction. So many of us who are deeply devoted to religious ideals come by our beliefs honestly. We genuinely want Truth and Life in a world that feels unmanageable. Often we cling to what we were given as children and don't know anything else. I've left my faith community before, and it's painful. The stakes for leaving feel like life or death. You lose your normal, you lose friends, you lose what formed the basis of your worldview and identity. There's a lot of grief. Treating these folks like idiots solves nothing. Trevor did really well meeting her with kindness and dignity.

  16. I'm surprised to see this on Trevor's show but it's one of his best interviews and I think he should do this kind of interview more often.

  17. She gives a beautiful articulation of the humanist ethos in the last two minutes. Hope to see more from her in the future!

  18. I can relate all too well except I was raised Baptist. But, you are taught that the world will end. I never tried very hard in school, and never made plans for my future. I was always taught, why bother if the world is ending. I didn't wake up to this craziness until I was 30.

  19. I left at the age of 40. 53 now I appreciate this interview. I had all those same emotions. I smugly thought I knew all the answers as a JW. It’s scary to have the scales fall off and realize i didn’’t and then lose my family on top of it. But I am happier and have no regrets. Now I live a life of love and not fear.

  20. That religion have destroyed countless lives,,glad she made it out, unfortunately all her JW friends and family will cut her off,,its so 😢

  21. Ever religion is stupid god is not real I think he is something people made up so people can have hope in something they can’t see

  22. I'm cool with people practicing their religion, but I swear to fucking God, if another JW knocks on my door Saturday morning. NO! It get's to a point where I'd rather a Mormon, or pyramid scheming conman sell me something.

  23. bea marla -not evrything you google is true,there is a lot of fake stories that haters put on the site ,a lot of lies today now you the internet is full with fake stories ,so don"t believe evrything you read on google,a lot of fake news ,so stop comment on stories that you don"t know if it is true, do some good research before you write down fake and untrue stories from the internet.

  24. Thank you daily show for bringing attention to this issue. My personal experiences almost mimic hers. I left the Jehovah’s Witnesses, am shunned by friends and family, and have experienced loss after leaving. People need to know that they will be ok after they leave. I didn’t start truly living til after I left.

  25. As someone who was born and raised as a JW, I can certainly identify with how much the religion micromanages every single aspect of your life. Leaving the religion has dire consequences with family and friends due to their shunning policy. But doing it for my young daughter made it worth it.

  26. It is a cult. I too was born and raised into the religion and was completely indoctrinated. Just off the top of my head one thing most people dont know is that they dont 'as a rule' report child molesting/abuse. They dont like courts involved so they handle it within the congregation and so most follow that rule. The abuser continues to be at the 'meetings' (church sessions) in the same room as the child. They are punished by not beign able to contribute to the meetings or hold a position in the congregation but that's temporary and eventually they 'earn' the right back while the child has to suffer all this and often the person is planning or acting out again. There are so many hidden rules and policies that most people dont know and members will not talk about. Kudos to this woman for telling her story. Many people are speaking out these days and I think that's great. The fear of speaking out is INCREDIBLE. YOu have to deprogram to even get to that place.

  27. Understand her transition but their are a lot of pros from those who was and are in the JW faith.. she could have maintained some of the positive aspects to JW faith.. I could trust her peace more if she didn’t have so much animosity toward a faith that structured her . Even her calm demeanor

  28. Traded the future for the now is a great quote/tag…always Trevor; who grew up as a mixed person during apartheid in South Africa, treats everyone so equally; struggles, their pain, life experiences, all of it equally with care and respect ( even let’s admit, when most of us don’t) he dies it with grace and compassion that is beautiful. Yes I reiterate the other comments about his interview talent. And that loss and love as a mother (or stepmother, only biological etc) that she endured hurts so many but it’s not often discussed, so thank you. I had friends, a lot, grow up that way, as a witness. I was so privileged to help her fiancée organize her first bdays, thanksgiving, Christmas’; that was my bestie 🙂 neat story. Ty TDSWTN

  29. I am a true blue Wyoming Episcopalian, yet I can see this young woman through the lense of Secular Humanism. Glad she moved on from Jehovah Witnesses. Each to his/her own in Wyoming, including Native American Tribes here, who have little to do with Christianity—more often than not.🙋🏼‍♀️💞🏔🌠

  30. I USED to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses. I made a video about why I left the religion. (Please don't click on my face. I'm a germaphobe.)

  31. As an ex witness myself I relate to all of what she said. Except I didn't go to China, so that part was super interesting, the effect it had on her.

  32. She made her choice to leave the JW but really where is the taking of responsibility of: having a affair with another man and lying about it. I am pretty sure that was a personal decision, not not based on being a JW. For the record, the JW IS NOT A CULT. It would be nice to see some shame in taking bad about your church when you are called out for being a hypocrite and they kick you out.

  33. Probably not the right account to comment with but l believe should you leave a religion, husband, wife, work etc there is no need to throw shade. JWs are sincere and honest hearted people who believe in Jehovah and are genuinely trying to help people in what they believe and are not oppressive in any way

  34. All religions judge ppl and I can't stand that. I could never buy into something that doesn't accept ppl for who they are and all their faults. It really is disturbing that a religion teaches you to think that the end of the world is any day now, doom and gloom. It is truly sad that medical intervention like blood transfusions is not allowed. So you're supposed to choose death for your loved one or yourself? This is another part of that religion I will never understand.

  35. We all do what we can to make life worth living. If God doesn't appear in our lives, is he there? If God is real, does he help people in crisis? People suffer all day every day. Some, in the worst way, to which I can't even imagine, but it helps me in believing in God to pray for an end to their suffering. I believe in a God when it suits me, is what I'm getting at, because what choice do I have? I use common sense & any other skill I possess to cope… adapt.

  36. I pray she will come to know the Lord. Sadly, these odd cults taint people and turn them away from God. It's not about 'religion', it's understanding what Christ did for us.

  37. Just another white woman desperately seeking attention for something that really isn’t all that attention worthy or commendable… Next.

  38. If you want to speak to someone of a faith you're not familiar with, any faith at all, I suggest you speak to a person who is active in their faith, who believes in it, not just someone who has turned her back on it and is trying to profit from it.

    On this particular faith discussed, please speak to someone like model Coco Rocha who I heard on a recent podcast and defended her faith in a very respectful manner.

  39. We have all to find replacement through yoga, meditation, reading groups especially existential philosophers, marcus aurelius, Buddha, everyone… Learn the philosophies, humanism. Bcz the abrahamic and even cult religions like Buddhism, Hinduism will always cause strife

  40. there was a lot to unpack there but I will only address one. "Lack of transfusions lose thousands of lives?" need to fact check that. It is just simply not true. Having a blood transfusion is riskier than not having one. Human error from blood type. blood-borne pathogens. Anti-rejection drugs lower the immune system. Blood VOLUME is what is needed not useless dead red blood cells. In 7 days half of the red blood cells in a transfusion bag are no longer alive. After 21 days the cells no longer carry blood. When someone gets a blood transfusion what they are getting is blood VOLUME. A saline solution would be just effective IF all the red blood cells were dead anyway. Jehovah's Witnesses seek the best possible medical care for themselves and their
    families. Blood transfusions could be considered as ancient compared to modern medical advances.

  41. If a person is at school and doesn't follow the rules… wouldn't that person be removed from the school? Would that make the school a cult? While not following the rules is a personal choice I suspect she didn't follow the rules and was kicked out. Where is the part where she cheated on her husband?

  42. No, every cult can become a religion.
    I love how it was a warning sign for her that her religion causes harm. The pope actively goes to Africa and warns people not to use condoms because God doesn't want you to do that. That's just evil. So it should also be a cult, right? Good.

  43. She clearly hasn't found something to replace religion with, I also wanted to know what did she lean on grieving her child..Great question Trevor 🙂

  44. Not all witnesses are bad some cases are hard due to family having different religions
    dont hate on me

  45. It’s so funny how everybody believes THEIR religion is the right religion! Unfortunately, many people have lost their life because of these beliefs.

  46. I wish you stop speaking on your interviewee behalf then you impose questions, dont speak for them let us hear from them. It is awkward at times watching your interviews

  47. Dumbest thing I heard her say was blood and koolaid are the same . Wow!!! This is a boo writer

  48. Just read a news article from this woman. It's sad that she lost complete faith. It's sad that the enemy took her son. He wanted to keep her bound. I will pray that she will come to the truth about God, in Christ. Her story is just beginning. She may not know that yet. Gotta be delivered in order to receive the truth.

  49. I have so much respect for a lady that came to my door for YEARS just to get me to open the Bible. I opened it and I read it on my own and my life has changed! Through reading it I have gone to different churches and was able to differentiate which ones actually follow what’s in the scripture. The Bible does not lie but people do. People will hurt you religion will hurt you. Jesus and Jehova will protect you when you have him in your heart and how you live. Open the Bible today and build your own opinions because I promise you when you read to understand God will speak to you through it ❤️ Blessing for the ones who have been hurt under his name he will take care of them for you.

  50. One of the best interviews I’ve heard by Trevor, both from the side of him being a great interviewer, and from her side in terms of the depth of her experience in moving from religion to “normality”, engaging in emotion as an individual.

  51. You didn’t know Jesus “Knocked on doors?”
    And he send 70 disciples by twos. It’s not hidden. look at

    Luke 10:1 and Luke 9:1

    Is Jesus our model ? ( 1 Peter 2:21) yes he is . So shouldn’t we follow his example and preach door to door?

    Matthew 28:19 also tells us to at least offer Bible study lessons. If others reject the offer , it’s quit alright. Don’t confuse us with yelling at you or shunning you. It’s a simple offer.

  52. Fictional world? Fully functional robotic people, matrix, time/space travel, aliens, cloning and others. All scientific theories yet don't you calling science fictional? Also, even I thrive from both I'm very iffy about science since whites (like yourself) used it to label my ethnicity group (black) inferior/sub-humans. We'll see when our time ends unfortunately for you have a lot riding on it than me.

  53. You can be both spiritual and scientific at once. Certain people takes their beliefs too seriously. If only y'all actual knew.

  54. Her testimony is depressing. It's great she left the organization but she just gave up on God after that. She stop seeking for answers and gave up on her search. She just went along with the physical world and convince herself she is doing better without the spiritual life. That it is better to just live the present and except death just like everybody else.🤖

  55. Respect to Scorah, disfellowshipping is torture. When I left the Jehovah's Witness cult, it was a slow process: when I was 11 or so I realized that the Noachian deluge couldn't have happened, as the ground would have been salted and all ocean life would die due to salinity differences. When I was around 15, I was in my English class, and while talking about villains, i thought that Satan is easily the most one-dimensional villain ever written. He's just too perfectly evil and doesn't have a very good reason to rebel. When I was 16, I thought "why do I have to have faith, why can't Jehovah just demonstrate to me he is lord?" And finally, when I was 18, I saw the bones in a whale flipper, looked at the bones in my hand and realized that they're identical. I stopped believing soon after, but it still took a whole two years until I left, two years where I went out into field service, answered questions at the meetings and studied the books in earnest, looking for a way for me to believe again. I just couldn't do it. Fuck this cult, fuck disfellowshipping, and fuck the Governing Body for driving many people to suicide. I'm glad Scorah got out with her life. There are many young people and/or gay people who commit suicide, or women on the birthing bed who bleed out, they don't get out alive.

  56. I don’t believe she or her family were true JWs. There’s a lot of holes in her story. For one, her dad became an alcoholic? JWs are so devout that they would never fall into addiction. SHE KNEW THE RULES. No sex before marriage, etc and still engaged in it. So why is she sitting there complaining about it? And this claim that JWs don’t allow you to go to school, college, save for retirement? I don’t agree with all of JW teachings but this lady is full of s***, trying to garner sympathy for getting out of a religion that she never truly believed in in the first place

  57. Excellent Interview about the Jehovah Witnesses , and how she left this Watchtower society, I too left some 45-years ago, and understand 100% why she left, I asked questions years ago, and was shunned & told just believe that this Watchtower society is the ( ONLY ) true Religion on this earth, and trust that whatever they Say, teach and or , must enforce by shunning and or disfellowshipping etc, is done out of love for that individual spiritual well being. and yet this same Organization is now partitioning the supreme court , to stop there Watchtower Society from releasing 1,000's of Child Abuse cases to the police dept, as well as lower courts in order to prosecute and put in jail these same JW- Pedophiles. Hypocritical Religion or is it a cult, ?? your choice.

    https://www.revealnews.org/blog/jehovahs-fight-law-requiring-child-sex-abuse-be-reported-to-police/

  58. If the down votes are from JW's…. remember you are flirting with apostasy by even watching this video…

  59. 06:03 she makes the M-sign (pointing finger & ring-finger touching) with her left hand (a sign she has much of the nephilim hybrid genes activated. Fallen angels, sinners. Pyramid power structure enforced. France, UK, Germany. Dukes, Kings Queens and Princes. Prima Noctu. Child abuse) there

    Love, Stefan

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