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 Ravenone on March 18, 2009 at 10:24am
With regard to my family. In my case the separation was beneficial. There was abuse in my family that was covered up by the Jehovah's Witness,at the local Kingdom Hall as well as the world headquarters in NYC. After I marched in protest with a group called "Silent Lambs" I was cast as an apostate and after they discovered that I was an atheist I was regarded as a Satan worshiper. My family took sides with the abuser and he is still seated as head of the congregation. He was the presiding overseer (although they don't use that term anymore).

I don't think you ever get over this kind of a thing but the periods of peace and happiness get longer and longer over time.

I am an activist in the hopes that I can expose the JW's for what they are,a dangerous and destructive cult. I do it for my kids and for my younger siblings that were victims as well.

I am in no way morose. But the loss of family has been tragic non the less.
Comment by Ravenone on March 18, 2009 at 10:16am
You are right. Children are so very right brained at the start. Everything is recorded as a feeling attached to an image. Without the ability or life experience to analyze until 5 or 6 years old, they are highly programmable and fully trusting of their caretaker. This is unfair. The Bible says, and I paraphrase,'Train up a child from infancy and they will not turn away from God'! Sadly this is true.

I couldn't even think for myself and I was in my early thirties before anything could break through into my psyche.



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