Jehovah's Rules Ruined Rule's Childhood

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Rap star Ja Rule blames his family's Jehovah's Witness roots for ruining his childhood. The I'm Real hitmaker reveals he was never allowed to celebrate birthdays or Christmases growing up - and even playing with other children was a problem for his strict grandparents, who helped raise him. As a result, the rapper, real name Jeffrey Atkins, goes overboard when his children celebrate birthdays and special occasions. He tells Sister 2 Sister magazine, "I had a difficult childhood. My grandparents were Jehovah's Witnesses, so, as a child I had to deal with no birthdays and no Christmases. "People don't understand... It's no Christmas, and it's no being outside with other children that are not in your congregation. It's a lot of rules that are hard on children." The rapper was "disfellowshipped" when he went to live with his mother and had been kicked out of the church for socialising with "worldly people", when he was 12. He explains, "When you get disfellowshipped, nobody's allowed to talk to you... They all treated my mom like this f**king outcast because she had some drinks with her co-workers on occasion... That f**ked with me as a child."


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TO:allisjames-- DUHYour post is classic of skirt the issues Jehovah's Witnesses troll mealymouthing.You are trying to paint victims as wimps upset because they can't have a birthday party.What's wrong with the Watchtower cult is their family busting death and destructive dogmas.This is why followers become embittered and leave.The Watchtower religion is from the devil.Do you dig it?
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Wow. I must say this is like driving past an accident. You don't want to look, but you just do. Most of the comments sound like petulant children, sniveling because they didn't get their way. They seem empty. It makes me remember in school that there was a girl that we weren't supposed to be around (says other peers) because she smelled (which she didn't, of course). So, we all said she smelled bad. Was it true? No. Was it convenient and misinformed and blatantly against her for no reason? Yup. I am ashamed of myself and I am ashamed for all of you who keep calling the JW's a cult. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Would Catholics be a cult too since they kiss the Pope's ring? Or Mormons? Don't they follow Joseph Smith? Like I said... Jackasses.Love, Me
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T0: "Trachelizo" what kinda Jehovah Witness gobbledygook U speaking man did you get this esoteric insight from a watchtower rag-----""The caliber of those who use explicit language to express the depth of their character and integrity is self-explanatory.."" Trachelizo
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i grew up in a jehovah's witness family and i believe standing out a bit for being different can build character and help you grow as an individual. there are all sorts of reasons kids are different;religion, skin color, disabilities..people rise above and it makes them who they are. every society has standards and rules that need to be followed--the speed limit is 55, drive on the right side of the road...do these rules mean we will be ruined and held back because we can't go 100mph thru a school zone or drive on the sidewalks?.. think about it!so you decide that being a jehovah's witness isn't for you, that's fine..but it is a definite misconception that anyone is kicked out of the congregation for just having drinks with coworkers..this sort of inflammatory and extreme exaggeration is silly.i grew up under the same rules and i turned out just fine!!! i have no complaints-i am a moral, responsible, kind and loving individual and thats what i learned from my jehovah's witness family.i even had a family member who was disfellowshipped for a time and i understood that it was for the benefit of making that one realize that they had stepped outside of God's arrangement for what is proper and good and also to keep a bad influence from affecting those trying to live by God's laws. anytime one wants to live according to these standards they are welcomed back into the congregation. in our country if someone breaks a law(murder, theft) we take them out of the populous to rehabilitate and protect the general populous--it is the same principle..
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Nobody wrecks families as badly as the f**ing Watchtower cult.They want to control you or ruin you.Look what they did to Michael Jackson!
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From poster "sunshine" above: people rise above and it makes them who they are.While this may be true, why subject children to so much dysfunction that they have to struggle their whole lives to overcome? Growing up in a toxic religion is the same as growing up in an alcohol-controlled household. The cost in future dysfunction and emotional problems is so not worth the price. I ought to know, these broken people come to me for therapy when they reach adulthood--those who make it, that is.
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Children are abused in many ways as JWs, please note the issue of sexual abuse in the religion at www.silentlambs.org
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The Watchtower religion has been accused of being exploitative of minorities.Indeed look around,observe the disproportionate number of brothers.The Watchtower run mostly by old white guys is not discriminatory at all.THEY WILL TAKE ANYBODY'S MONEY $$$$$
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The following is how former cult members and members of spiritually abusive systems described how they felt when they finally left their group. This may give you some insight into their pain and why there are no easy answers for them. "IT HURTS"IT HURTS to discover you were deceived - that what you thought was the "one true religion," the "path to total fredom," or "truth" was in reality a cult. IT HURTS when you learn that people you trusted implicitly - whom you were taught not to question - were "pulling the wool over your eyes" albeit unwittingly. IT HURTS when you learn that those you were taught were your "enemies" were telling the truth after all -- but you had been told they were liars, deceivers, repressive, satanic etc and not to listen to them. IT HURTS when you know your faith in God hasn't changed - only your trust in an organization - yet you are accused of apostasy, being a trouble maker, a "Judas". It hurts even more when it is your family and friends making these accusations. IT HURTS to realize their love and acceptance was conditional on you remaining a member of good standing. This cuts so deeply you try and suppress it. All you want to do is forget - but how can you forget your family and friends? IT HURTS to see the looks of hatred coming from the faces of those you love - to hear the deafening silence when you try and talk to them. It cuts deeply when you try and give your child a hug and they stand like a statue, pretending you aren't there. It stabs like a knife when you know your spouse looks upon you as demonised and teaches your children to hate you. IT HURTS to know you must start all over again. You feel you have wasted so much time. You feel betrayed, disillusioned, suspicious of everyone including family, friends and other former members. IT HURTS when you find yourself feeling guilty or ashamed of what you were - even about leaving them. You feel depressed, confused, lonely. You find it difficult to make decisions. You don't know what to do with yourself because you have so much time on your hands now - yet you still feel guilty for spending time on recreation. IT HURTS when you feel as though you have lost touch with reality. You feel as though you are "floating" and wonder if you really are better off and long for the security you had in the organization and yet you know you cannot go back. IT HURTS when you feel you are all alone - that no one seems to understand what you are feeling. It hurts when you realize your self confidence and self worth are almost non-existent. IT HURTS when you have to front up to friends and family to hear their "I told you so" whether that statement is verbal or not. It makes you feel even more stupid than you already do - your confidence and self worth plummet even further. IT HURTS when you realize you gave up everything for the cult - your education, career, finances, time and energy - and now have to seek employment or restart your education. How do you explain all those missing years? IT HURTS because you know that even though you were deceived, you are responsible for being taken in. All that wasted time........ at least that is what it seems to you - wasted time. http://www.towerwatch.com/Witnesses/Beliefs/their_beliefs.htm http://www.watchtowerinformationservice.org/
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For REAL information on Jehovah's Witnesses go tohttp://www.silentlambs.org
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