Lloyd Evans: The biggest Jehovah's Witnesses stories of 2019 - 2019-12-21
What a treat: Ex-JW activist Lloyd Evans brings us this great rundown on the biggest Jehovah's Witnesses stories of 2019. Make sure you subscribe to Lloyd's amazing YouTube channel for the latest breaking JW news.
2019 has certainly been an eventful year for those of us keeping a close eye on goings-on with Jehovah's Witnesses and their leadership. In February, a Watchtower magazine was released (the May 2019 issue) defending the organization's child sex abuse policies and using clever wording to make them sound more palatable to the rank and file. The same month, it became clear that Watchtower was using an aggressive "subpoena warfare" strategy in an attempt to curb the steady flow of embarrassing leaks. Dozens of subpoenas had been issued since early 2018 apparently aimed at intimidating whistleblowers who were sharing information anonymously while anxious to avoid the penalty of shunning.
One individual who struggled to stay anonymous during an ill-fated trip to the liquor store on a Sunday morning at the end of March was outspoken Governing Body member Anthony Morris. Morris was covertly filmed spending hundreds of dollars on an expensive haul of premium single malt, despite his involvement in producing cartoons that urge kids to part with their ice cream money to aid Watchtower's printing and construction efforts.