JW Community Podcast
Summary: JW Community Podcast is the new podcast home for Louise Goode and Lara Kaput. Our podcast has the objective of providing support and information to people when they leave the cult, and presenting factual and entertaining content through discussion and interviews with a range of ex Jehovah's Witnesses, professionals and experts. You have the opportunity to feed back to us and send us any questions you would like the team to answer by contacting JWPodcast@mail.com.
- Artist: Louise Goode and Lara Kaput
- Copyright: JW Community Podcast
In this episode I interview Ruben Ortiz, the founder of one of the biggest ex JW support groups on Facebook. Ruben talks about his life as a Jehovahs Witness, and the two words that woke him. He also discusses the joys and trials of running a support group of over 12000 members.
In this episode, Lara and I interview the most interesting Norweigan Goat Farmer you have ever met. Listen to Jonas talk about how he was counselled for doing too much field service, how he supported his wife through a terrible illness, while the elders counselled his wife to leave him and how he woke up due, in part, to the fact that some mountains are flat. Jonas is now part of a group organising a protest on the 25th March 2019 outside a court in Stockholm, because the Watchtower videos have been rated as unsuitable for children in Sweden, and any elder showing them in a Kingdom Hall could receive 2 years in prison. If you are at all able, please join Jonas in his peaceful protest outside the courthouse trying an edler for showing unsuitable material to children inside a Kingdom Hall. Jonas can be contacted via Facebook, Plat Jonas, or via his Youtube channel, Goatlike Personality: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP0Skh44p2zLjnVeB6rcTkQ/videos The video giving information about the protest can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfmUB-XRdrg
The final podcast of season 6 gives the last word to Andrew Mogford, an ex Jehovah's Witness diagnosed with terminal mouth and throat cancer, and having only days to live from the recording of this podcast on 13th February 2019. Andrew bravely spoke out against the practice of shunning despite not being disfellowshipped or shunned himself. Because of his cancer, the recording is sometimes difficult to listen to, but please have the patience to afford Andrew the respect he deserves for remaining so positive in the face of his own terminal cancer.
In this eposide I interview two lawyers experienced in bringing civil cases against organisations who are vicariously liable for sexual abuse suffered by children. One of only three law firms in the country who have worked on behalf of victims of Jehovahs Witness child sexual abusers, Hugh James is a law firm with offices in London and Cardiff. Alan Collins and Samuel Barker have thoroughly researched the issues of Watchtower Society and understand the unique factors that make it hard for former members of Jehovah's Witnesses to disclose their abuse. They explain how Watchtower can be held liable in court for the child sexual abuse, and why bringing a civil case against the organisation is just as important as bringing a criminal case against the abuser. If you wish to talk to Alan or Samuel about a possible case they will travel to you, or meet you wherever you feel most able to talk comfortably.
This fascinating podcast interviews David Fitzgerald, public speaker, historical researcher, founder of the world’s first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco’s oldest annual Darwin Day celebration, and author of 'Jesus: Mything in Action', 'NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All', 'The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion', david talks to JW Community Podcast about his fascination with religion and about the evidence that suggests Jesus never existed at all.
An interview with two fascinating woman about how they navigated the cult, and two very different experiences of discovering they were gay. Listen to life stories of Raika and Suzi, what their lives were like in the cult, how they woke up, how they came out, and how they have managed their lives outside the cult.
An interview with the other fascinating and formidable activist you have never heard of. Lara and I speak to the creator of the website Avoid JW, which Watchtower Society haspent considerable time, effort and money on trying to eradicate from the internet.
Listen to the heartbreaking interview with Alvin who talks about his wife, who lost her life just after childbirth due to her adherence to the no blood doctrine. Alvin also explains how his doubts years later led him to getting a copy of the transcript from the Coroners Inquest, which revealed what the Watchtower really thinks of the blood substitute that they recommend to Jehovah's Witnesses to take as a safe and effective alternative to blood.
Lara and Louise interview the most effective activist you have never heard of.
An interview with a very special guest who was there when 1975 didn't happen and can explain how Watchtower Society did in fact ramp up the expectation among the rank and file Jehovah's Witnesses, despite them now denying this fact. He also discusses what happened in 1976 and how witnesses managed to continue in the face of this blatantly false prophecy.
Commentary live from the protest from Neil Gardner, Jessica Moon, Chris and Mrs H, a normal person! If you like what you hear, there is still time to decide to attend the second protest on 18th and 19th August 2018. PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT US. And if you can't come, PLEASE SHARE.
A fascinating interview with Angus Stewart SC, and Counsel Assisting to the Australian Royal Commission, speaking on his own behalf, and not on behalf of the ARC or the Commissioners. Angus discusses his own emotional responses to the case studies on Jehovah's Witnesses, what shocked him, what upset him, and who embarrased him (spoilers: it was Lara).
In a strange flip, my guest takes the reins and interviews me about the film that has been reviewed by The Guardian as the 'best British Independent film of the year', 'Apostasy'. We also discuss the handbook that has been written to help lawyers understand the Jehovahs Witnesses when bringing child abuse cases; and we discuss Watchtower Victims Memorial Day, which is on July 26th 2018.
Nick and I interview Mark Fox, who posts his return visits to Kingdom Halls as Witness Nomore. A truly fascinating interview and an insight into why Mark is so passionate about his activism.
Lara and Louise interview Manon Boyer, the aunty of Eloise Dupuis, who died after refusing a blood transfusion when giving birth to her first baby.