The 2012 JW Survey has now been closed so that we can process the numbers and see what they reveal. A healthy number of 1,488 voters participated in the survey, and we are extremely grateful to each and every one of our readers who seized the opportunity to let their voices be heard.
Though it will take me some time to process and publish the results, it is already apparent that the survey reveals a surge of discontent against the Watch Tower Society and its policies. In each and every voter category, the overwhelming majority of voters were critical of the organization’s beliefs and practices. Also, many hundreds refused to accept the Society’s claims that it represents the earthly part of God’s organization.
You would perhaps expect only disfellowshipped or disassociated Witnesses to be getting involved in a survey such as this, but it is noteworthy that healthy numbers have voted from all ends of the Witness spectrum. Here is a breakdown of the voter numbers…
- Active witnesses – 248
- Serving Elders – 33
- Memorial partakers – 13
- Inactive Witnesses – 545
- Disfellowshipped/disassociated – 428
- Unbaptized – 221
- TOTAL – 1,488 voters
As I have mentioned, I will be publishing a detailed summary of the survey results in the near future. However, just to give you a glimpse of what the survey shows, let us focus on the “active witnesses” category for a moment.
Jehovah’s not-so-happy people
You might be surprised to hear that the majority of active Witnesses voting (68%) said that they do not consider Jehovah’s Witnesses to represent God’s spirit directed organization. And of the 248 Witnesses voting, only 5% (12 voters) said they could agree with ALL of the Society’s teachings and practices. This is certainly not the sort of feedback you would expect from worshippers who the Society claims are united in loyal worship under the Slave Class, or Governing Body.
But are these active Witness voters justified in feeling so dismayed at the organization at the moment? Let’s remember that 2012 was the year when a court of law found the Society legally responsible for the abuse suffered by a nine-year-old girl at the hands of a known child molester. There is also increasing dismay at the unloving and unmerciful statements and teachings that are being disseminated through the Society’s publications. When one considers the individual pain and emotional anguish caused by cruel practices such as the shunning of teenagers, one can easily understand why some active Witnesses (enough to make up 2 or 3 congregations!) have used the survey to register their disapproval.
More will be revealed in the forthcoming results, which I will be making available for download in PDF format once they are ready. We have also appreciated all the feedback from voters who have taken part over the past year, and we hope to use and implement these suggestions when putting the finishing touches to the 2013 JW survey.
A fascinating year ahead
Apart from the soon-to-be-launched 2013 JW Survey, I believe there are many reasons to look forward to 2013 in anticipation of what the year holds in store. The Society’s appeal in the Candace Conti case rumbles on, and I’m sure some fascinating developments lie ahead in that saga. There is also an exciting turn of events in Australia threatening to put the Society’s child abuse policies under serious scrutiny in that country, with criminal prosecutions against the organization a distinct possibility. And you just never know what printed madness will appear in the Society’s publications as the year progresses. You can be sure I will be doing my best to keep you informed on all developments to the extent possible.
I also have personal reasons for excitement about the year ahead. I am happy to reveal to readers of this blog that I am in the course of writing a book about my story as a Witness, with two chapters already completed. I will soon begin trying to find a publisher with a view to making the book as widely available as possible. The book will cover the history of the organization and discuss various harmful teachings and practices. It will also tell my own story in a way that I hope many will find enjoyable and entertaining.
The book is being written primarily with non-Witnesses in mind so as to raise outside awareness of some of the problems within our organization. However, I will also be directly addressing Witnesses at certain stages throughout the book as a way of helping such ones to reason objectively on certain topics. It is my hope that, once completed and published, the book will become a useful aid in helping thinking Witnesses to break free from the mental and emotional shackles of an organization that many are clearly already realizing has nothing to do with God or his purposes.