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  1. Yeah, I thought that was a bit strange. I didn't realize it was known as a pacifist religion. I grew up Quaker which is one of the historic peace churches (along with the Mennonites and Brethren). There are pacifist factions in all Christian denominations, but I was not aware it was a central tenant of The Jehovah's Witnesses. I'll have to do some reading on this.
  2. Hadn't heard about this string of arsons targeting Kingdom Halls in Washington state: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2018/12/09/another-jehovahs-witness-center-has-been-destroyed-month-rash-arson-attacks/?utm_term=.c8e13c878a1f
  3. I've long thought that going after Scientology's human trafficking is the best path for legal/legislative action. What they are doing to children (holding them under coercion, forced labor) fits the definition. Addressing their tax exempt status is fraught because of the issue mentioned above...so many other "mainstream" religious groups who have a ton of political influence would see it as setting a precedent and a veiled attack on their own status. This episode was infuriating. I don't know how anyone could withstand the pressure tactics Robert was describing. Having people approach your neighbors, show up wherever you go, causing scenes in public places? Unreal.
  4. Oh, how horrible to witness that that. My son had RSV when he was 11 months old and it was so scary. He was in the PICU for several days and needed help breathing. Luckily he came out of it fine, but it was a rough time. That baby is like really new, right? And they flew? I'd have to veto that idea.
  5. What a lovely, genuine person. She's a real asset to the team.
  6. I voted for Ashlee. Her determination and drive inspired me. Other faves are Bridget, Erin, Cianna, and Jalyn.
  7. The ones I think we know: Amy, Kashara, Lacey, Miranda, and Christina
  8. What the what? I grew up in North Carolina and have never even heard of World of Faith Fellowship. These cults man....operating in the shadows, destroying people's lives.
  9. A sentiment made unforgettably by Tory in the documentary Jesus Camp!
  10. That reminds me of a story about my kid and JWs. There is a group of them that stand right by my office with literature. One day my son (he was probably 7 at the time) was at work with me. We were walking to get lunch and passed by their display. The cover of the Watchtower was about disciplining children and it had a photo of a kid on it. So my kid saw it and was all "What's that?" The JW started chatting with him, encouraging him to take a copy so he could "learn how to be mindful of your mom and dad." I was like NOPE, gotta go, Happy Meal is calling!
  11. My husband recognized Jerry Minor from Mr. Show! I really enjoyed the special. The stories of suicide and family isolation were heartbreaking. I feel like the JWs are so...under the radar? I don't know. I grew up down the street from a Kingdom Hall but I never saw anyone going in or out. I've only known one JW in my life. It was at my first job out of college and I just remember being so curious about the fact that she didn't celebrate any holidays or her birthday.
  12. I would argue it played on a racial stereotype/trope and is thus racially insensitive. There are literally endless Halloween costume possibilities. I'm disappointed when people make a choice to perpetuate a stereotype with a costume.
  13. If we are people living in the world interacting with other humans we know how to "play up" aspects of our personality to make people feel comfortable or to feel liked ourselves. That can be inauthentic, but I've never gotten a "she's faking it" vibe from Kashara. That accent is not a put on and it's offensive that people equate it with her genuineness or her intelligence.
  14. Ha! I spent my childhood shopping at Belk's!