Foremost, is this even worth touching on? I'm sure the subject has been brought up in the past, and by readdressing it now I'm not doing anything particularly novel, but. But. I've a friend who recently admonished that his mother, who he seldom if ever spoke of, was a Jehovah's Witness. I was largely ignorant of the implications that such carried and initially didn't really understand the weight that carried; I live in a rural area where separatist societies are pretty common, and I had been under the impression that like the Amish communities, JWs were largely harmless (if more preachy and without the rad bread). But after he explained that by his refusal to commit to the JW lifestyle he had been labeled an apostate and his mother forbidden to speak to him, I did some research. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watch_Tower_Society_unfulfilled_predictions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah's_Witnesses'_handling_of_child_sex_abuse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jehovah's_Witnesses_and_blood_transfusions Six botched Doomsday predictions, allegations of child sexual abuse scandals and their consequent repression by the religion, refusal of blood transfusions (though this apparently is a progressive topic in the community)... And that's just the wikipedia coverage. The net is rife with stories of excommunicates being harassed and members of the religion committing suicide rather having to face the shame of leaving the society and all those they love commanded to alternatively forget they existed or damn and demean them on their way out. I'm at a point in researching where I feel I can say that I'm reasonably confident that this has all the right totalitarian, independent-thought suppressing, and excommunicating ingredients to make a cult stew. Yeigh, neigh? Debate, Discussion? What about can do?