How I open my apostasy story has stuck in some people’s minds:
I was nine years old when childish things were put away.
I watched my toys being packed up and sealed into a cardboard box. Presents from Christmas, like my treasured Millennium Falcon and X-Wing fighters, bought after watching Star Wars for the first time and my given-for-birthday Spectrum games where I fought valiantly against hordes of ghosts and monsters to save the damsel in distress.
The selection was made by an elder who would decide if the toys were to be buried or burnt. They were chosen on the basis of whether they suggested a power beyond that of Jehovah – blasphemy for Jehovah’s Witnesses like us – or evoked the occult and satanic machinations. Even Pacman could not escape this moral maze.
A commentator has kindly shown a video produced by the Jehovah’s Witnesses that demonstrates how to reason with a child to give up playing with a toy that goes against Jehovah.
It is a typical “role play” like style we did at Theocratic Ministry School to learn to convert people to our way of thinking.
This is childhood indoctrination. This is child abuse.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog