Brainwashing and Out Of The Mouth Of Babes

This was a response to another earlier blog and I though I'd just put it out there for those that came out of religion after brainwashing their own children.

When I left the Jehovah's Witnesses my kids were 8 and 6 years old. They were fully brainwashed already. My son was able to go to the doors with me and give a 6 minute sermon including the reading of a couple of scriptures. My daughter was six and about to start doing her own sermons at the door. My little girl would be warning those at the door of their impending destruction.

One of the things that pricked the armor that was my faith,came from the lips of my son at 8 years old. I was reading to him from the Jehovah's Witnesses children's book, "My Book Of Bible Stories",the story was the flood of Noah's day. There was a picture of a mother climbing on top of a boulder to escape the rising water,she clutched a crying baby to her chest, while the ark floated off,door shut, in the distance. Ryan was so disturbed. He looked at me and asked why God would kill the baby of the wicked parent. "What did the baby do Mom?"

I gave him the answer I had been taught. "Little rattlesnakes grow into big rattlesnakes!",I said. Horrible answer. EGADS...hurts even now to think back on this. So sad to have things like this to ponder at such a tender age.

Ryan looked at me thoughtfully and then he said,"But Mom...the baby could have been a good person. Look at Adam and Eve,they had two kids,one was Cain and one was Able. One was good and one was bad."

Holy Shit!!!

This was the real beginning of my crisis of faith. SO much truth in his statement and I just couldn't shake it off. There is a lot more to the story of my de-conversion but this was the beginning.

Needless to say,both of my kids are thrilled to be out of the Cult of the JW's. When we left, we lost all extended family on both sides. It's been ten years since we have had any contact. This whole thing has been a lesson on religion and brainwashing that my kids and my husband and I will never forget.

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Comment by unholyroller on March 21, 2009 at 12:38am
So glad you and your kids got out of that hateful, evil cult before it was too late. Kudos to you for listening to wisdom of your child.
Comment by unholyroller on March 21, 2009 at 12:36am
Proof positive that religion causes brain rot. Hey! (sunday school) Teacher! Leave them kids alone!!
Comment by Ravenone on March 20, 2009 at 12:17pm could refer to that story and the one that show's Abraham standing over Isaac,his son,with a knife. The story is called,"Abraham God's Friend".

I'll see If I can put some more information together for you.
Comment by Ravenone on March 20, 2009 at 10:33am really is a challenge. I am part of an EX Jehovah's Witness support group and it's been very helpful to me and my kids. I was 30 something years of indoctrination and quite frankly,emotional blackmail. I always knew that if I left I would lose everything in the way of family and friends. It's taken time to rebuild a family but I have loyal loving friends that are closer to me than my blood relations.'s great to be free.
Comment by Andrew on March 18, 2009 at 7:59pm
I'm tempted to refer to the My Book Of Bible Stories and asking a question about the flood picture and referring to A & E's kids when JW kids stop by. Do you recommend this? Any other info is appreciated like realizations you came across that could help, without traumatizing a kid, that could be referred to when visited.

I am very sorry to hear about the abuse you endured, and appreciate the exit you provided for your children.
Comment by Ravenone on March 18, 2009 at 7:47pm
Thank you for reading my blog.
Comment by Ravenone on March 18, 2009 at 7:47pm's wonderful that you were not raised with religion and your daughter has an uncluttered mind as a result. The Bible is an insane text that should have a Parental Advisory sticker on it's cover.
Comment by Andrew on March 18, 2009 at 7:30pm
Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with religion and JWs in particular. I've not been a theist, nor have I lived in a theist home and have little to compare with your theistic history. You have shown a great appreciation and respect for your children by taking the time to listen to them and consider their opinions. I only hope that more parents and adults will recognize the immense virtue (not sure if that is the right word here) children have to offer when given a problem to think about. Since it is my belief that they are not born with a set of moral codes to follow, the questions and judgements your children made were likely a result of your own way of thinking. It's likely that you allowed them to use reason long before the question about the woman, child and arc. I hope that you are lenient on yourself about teaching them to 'believe' when they were younger since your own ability to deconstruct and analyze, combined with your respect for them, culminated in the free thinking state your family is in now.

Hope that didn't just sound like rambling...the short reply to your post is 'well done.'

btw my lack of knowledge, and my daughters lack of knowledge of the bible sincerely appreciates your input. To us it's just another book at the library that should be assigned to the fiction section.
Comment by Buffy on March 18, 2009 at 4:30pm
As I've said more than once. We're born atheist. We have religion taught to us. Nobody is born believing that horrible crap. Good on you for leaving, and good on your child for being smart enough for seeing through it.
Comment by Ravenone on March 18, 2009 at 10:42am
Education Education Education...I think this is where the hope lies. I'm hopeful.
Thanks for your comments. It's been good to think about this all again. Re-affirms my lack of!



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