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Sorry if I missed it, but when will the next part be released?

One thing I enjoyed about this one is that the elders, to some degree, are listening to him and trying to have a conversation. 90% of them just want to tell you to be more humble and try to scare or shame you into compliance. These guys were far more decent than most of the elders from my former KH would have been.
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What happened to the Secular Market?
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JWs are very suspicious of "worldly people" (a pejorative for all non-Witnesses) and don't like to be publicized in any way. Seems weird I know given that they knock on doors and seem to be reaching out to people, but they are very self conscious about being made to look bad before "the world." The leaders don't generally give interviews. The Watchtower Society is in the midst of a pedophile scandal at the moment. Might be worth asking them about this if you get the chance. One of the governing body members on JW TV (on their website) says their lies. But cases keep popping up. They've finally started reporting on it on NPR and TV news broadcasts.
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This is a really interesting conversation and Nate was not an obvious choice to have this conversation. His views are really slippery and uneven, like many moderate believers. But it's also a change of pace. And the conversation kind of exposes the inconsistencies of that thought process. Conversations are far more interesting than debates for me these days.

This is my first time watching your show, but now I'm going to watch more. :)
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I've thought some of the same things about the comments left at my website and also face-to-face by Witnesses who used to be my friends. Or so I thought. Mostly, they just remind me of more reasons to stay away. It's hard to believe their true motives are to save us, which is what they claim, when they are clearly behaving so badly that they are doing far more to push us even further away. On some level, I think they just want to crap on us to feel better about themselves in some way.
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I like your video, thanks for posting. I'm enjoying the comments even more, but not in the way many of them intended. :) I shared this one with my ex-Witness turned atheist friends. I'll check out some more of your vids soon, too.
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They may not force their beliefs on "worldly people," but they do force them on family and current members. To leave JWs results in being labeled a bad associate at best, and often ends in disfellowshipping (being shunned). Your own family won't talk to you if you are disfellowshipped. Many won't talk to you if they see you as a bad associate, even.
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As a former Jehovah's Witness who was harassed by Witnesses when I decided to leave, I have a problem with preachers who push speeches on people to a certain extent. What he had was a captive audience. It's not like everyone paid to hear his lecture. So there was no agreed upon format, no rules, no reason to expect everyone to defer and just sit their quietly. He was taking a risk every time he did this that someone might boo, get mad, or question him. All you did was question him. And the one lady blew her top and ranted at you for it. But what gave his message priority over your questions? Who said he could have the floor? Nobody. I think this is a huge double standard. People get very hypersensitive about anything relating to religion or faith generally. It could have actually been an interesting conversation but she ruined it. Maybe she should have tried being respectful? Or contributing instead of ranting? Too bad. I'm glad at least one guy stood up for you, though, and pointed out that you really hadn't done anything wrong.
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People start to talk about God in public like that I tune out.
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Good. The nerdrage over this will probably be more entertaining than the storyline itself. 
Marvel Comics has pulled the trigger - SECRET WARS will result in the end of the Marvel Universe as fans know it.
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State and local police in the United States will no longer be able to use federal laws to justify seizing property without evidence of a crime, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday. The practice of local police taking property, including cash and cars, from people that they stop, and of handing it over to federal authorities, became common during the country's war on drugs in the 1980s. The order directs federal agencies who have coll...
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A writer wannabe. Also a former Jehovah's Witness turned atheist. Life is way better on the dark side. :)
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I'm a writer wannabe from the age of 12 and a lifelong scifi/horror/fantasy geek. I'm also a former Jehovah's Witness turned secular atheist. Meanwhile, my wife and in-laws remain loyal Jehovah's Witnesses. So that's fun. I'm a severe migraine sufferer and pet rat owner. Note that these things aren't necessarily related.

Hey, rats are cool. Migraines, not so much.

I am about to start going to college at 39 and stepping down to a part-time job.

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