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Dutch Raids and Updates on the Battle For a 5-year-old's Life.

As I recorded this episode, news broke that the Dutch police has raided the local branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the Netherlands. The raids were prompted by multiple reports of sexual abuse by both current and former victims. The raids included a few Kingdom Halls and private homes. I also give an update of developments that are playing out in the Durban High Court here in South Africa where three Jehovah's Witness families have been taken to court to allow the doctors to administer...


My Thoughts on the Leah Remini Aftermath Jehovah's Witness Special

So South Africa got to watch the Leah Remini Aftermath Special on Jehovah’s Witnesses this past weekend. I can only say that I truly was not ready for that episode. As I have said in a tweet recently, I have been an activist in some form or other for the past 11 years and have heard terrible stories from former JWs and experienced some terrible things myself like shunning, but this still got to me. I was an emotional wreck. In this episode I give my thoughts on the show and its impact....


Stan Lee, Comic Books and The Watchtower

Comic books were my escape. As a child I could not wait to get my hands on the next issue of Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, Superman, Batman etc. The stories fueled my imagination and creativity. I had an extensive comic book collection which I now regret destroying and giving away. The reason was because the Watchtower did not look upon comic books to favourably. When I was 13 years old and got baptised an article about comic books appeared in the Awake magazine. The Awake magazine of 22nd...


The Battle for a 5 year old's life.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been in the news here in South Africa with regard to their blood policy. This case happened here in my own back yard in the city of Durban. The life of a 5 year old boy has been saved after his pediatrician went to court to approve a life-saving blood transfusion for him in defiance of his religious beliefs. In this episode Robin discusses the case. #exjw #bloodtransfusion #watchtower


Cheryl Zondi, The Watchtower and Rape

The trial of Pastor Timothy Omotoso has made national headlines here in South Africa over the past week. Omotoso is on trial for charges ranging from rape human trafficking, sexual assault and rape. Cheryl Zondi, 22, has spent three grueling days on the stand in the Port Elizabeth High Court intimately detailing her alleged rape at the hands of charismatic televangelist Timothy Omotoso. Zondi is the first witness in the trial, in which Omotoso and his two co-accused face over 60 charges...


Two Questions that made me an Apostate

Baptism among Jehovah's Witnesses is a big step. It alters there lives. However, back in 1985 the two questions asked of the candidates before they got baptized became a crisis of conscience for Robin. #JehovahsWitnesses #baptism


Death, Funerals and Jehovah's Witnesses

Just a short episode this week. A rant about death. mourning and funerals within Jehovah's Witnesses. #Death #JehovahsWitnesses


Was Charles Taze Russell a Freemason?

I recently started watching Inside the Freemasons, a documentary series on Netflix where the makers were given access inside the Grand Lodge of England with unique footage of the various rooms, symbols and tools of the Craft. Freemasons have been accused of everything from conducting underground satanic rituals to masterminding a worldwide conspiracy for planetary domination. Speculation has been rife over Charles Taze Russell who is the founder of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society,...


20 Signs You Are In a Cult

Welcome to this very special episode of Cult Life. It’s our 20th show so its the first milestone that I thought I would celebrate with you the listeners. Cults aren’t as easy to spot as you might think. Most cults don’t wear robes or live in communes. In fact, most cult members don’t even realize they’re in a cult. During my 25 years as an unwitting cult member, I would often watch documentaries and read about other cults. But it took a long time to realize that I was in a cult. This episode...


Battered Spouses: The Dangerous Advice of the Jehovah's Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witnesses have a chequered history of giving conflicting advice with regard to many issues affecting the lives of its members. They include the writings with regard to black people, blood transfusions, organ transplants, and domestic violence. All of the aforementioned have seen their fair share of flip flopping and doctrinal change under the guise of new light. This show dwells on the issue of domestic violence. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been in the news lately concerning an...


Church Team Ministries International: Concerned Parents and Family Breakups

Church Team Ministries International is a church with its headquarters in Mauritius but has had a notorious reputation in South Africa. Young people have been lured away from their families and have given up their studies, friendships and freedom to join the group. This episode discusses this controversial group and how it has affected some parents. #CTMI #Cult


Child Sex Abuse: Jehovah's Witnesses vs Catholic Church

Child sexual abuse keeps on raising its ugly head from time to time, and non the more so with regard to the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Catholic Church. The Watchtower has gained considerable notoriety with their handling of child sex abuse within the church and how they are covering it up. Elders were told not to report such cases to the police and very often the victims were vilified and excommunicated. They bore the brunt of an investigation by the Australian Royal commission into these...


Book Review: 5 Books that helped me leave the Jehovah's Witnesses

Robin reviews 5 of the books that helped him leave the Jehovah's Witnesses. These books helped him realize that his suspicions and doubts that he harbored were legitimate. The stories showed the commonalities and similar methods employed by the various groups to keep believers in and expel dissidents. Church of Fear by John Sweeney (Affiliate link) Living at the End of The World by Marina Benjamin (Affiliate link) Leaving The Saints by Martha...


An Interview with Ryan Hogarth: Former Scientologist

In this episode Robin interviews Ryan Hogarth, a former Scientologist and spokesperson for the church in South Africa. Ryan discusses his childhood within the church and his eventual journey out of Scientology. The discussion also revolves around the similarities between Scientology and the Jehovah’s Witnesses and how members are often shielded from the abuses within both organizations. twitter: @ryanhogath Losing the Faith Kindle Edition...


The Subjection of Women: How Jehovah's Witnesses and other cults vie women.

Religion and cults have very often been at the forefront of subjection and repression of women. Jehovah's Witnesses exerts a great deal of control over its members. Women in particular suffer from psychological stresses in high control groups where patriarchal attitudes limit their personal power and freedom. This episode looks at these issues which often lead to physical, sexual and emotional abuse.


The Watchtower and Aids

Robin Jackson discusses the Jehovah's Witnesses view on the HIV/AIDS virus and the prejudice around those who have the disease.


Aftermath: A visit from the Jehovah's Witnesses elders and my official response in a letter.

After the publication of my first book, Losing The Faith: Truth Under Scrutiny, I received a visit from the elders of the Jehovah's Witnesses local congregation. The subsequent letter I wrote to the elders is discussed and explained. Check out the book on Amazon Kindle. Paperback available at


Exit Wounds: How leaving Jehovah's Witnesses and other cults affects former members.

The issue that the majority of former cult members will agree on is that there is no easy way to exit from a cult. For some, it is not that difficult to leave. They are just less susceptible to mind control techniques. Some maintain that sense of self to make an informed decision to leave. There are many ex-cultists who say they spent years working up the nerve to get out. It really does take a tremendous amount of courage to leave. This episode explores the different ways which members...


Cognitive Dissonance: Mental Conflict and Contradiction within Cults

Cognitive dissonance, the mental conflict that occurs when beliefs or assumptions are contradicted by new information. The unease or tension that the conflict arouses in people is relieved by one of several defensive maneuvers: they reject, explain away, or avoid the new information; persuade themselves that no conflict really exists; reconcile the differences; or resort to any other defensive means of preserving stability or order in their conceptions of the world and of themselves. This is...


Multi Level Marketing: Business Opportunity, Pyramid Scheme or Cult

The Multi-level Marketing industry is a $36 billion industry. Worldwide many new companies spring up yearly to entice people into a so called "business opportunity." Many sell the dream of lavish lifestyles and material prosperity. But is this industry all that it is perceived to be? This episode breaks down one form of commercial cults that have enticed people into it for decades. However, not all MLM companies are bad or deceptive.