Robin Jackson

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Synopsis

Robin Jackson, a former Jehovah's Witness, discusses issues surrounding the Watchtower organisation and cults in general.

Episodes

  • Racism, Religion and Cults

    16/06/2020 Duration: 16min

    The current events surrounding the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests across America and other countries have shone a light on racism within our society once again. It has also overshadowed the worldwide pandemic we are fighting. All world religions proclaim universal brotherly love. Yet, history is littered with moments in which religion has provided a justification for, or has given cause to, all kinds of atrocities directed towards people of different race or culture.

  • Covid_19, David Icke and Conspiracy Theories

    10/05/2020 Duration: 17min

    So, the whole world is in lockdown. COVID-19 has decimated economies, livelihoods and our normal routines have been interrupted. This pandemic has wreaked havoc globally and we have lost many lives to this virus. Currently, many countries are starting to ease the lockdowns to get some economic activity going. But is clear that we will not be going back to life as we knew it in 1999. In this episode Robin discusses the disinformation surrounding the virus as well as David Icke and the Conspiracy Theory brigade.

  • Losing The Faith - My Awakening Part 2

    01/08/2019 Duration: 23min

    Robin Jackson continues the discussion of his journey out of the Watch Tower organization. This episode focuses on early adulthood and marriage.

  • Losing The Faith - My Awakening

    25/07/2019 Duration: 30min

    It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.” This statement comes from the movie called The Matrix, which to me aptly describes what I experienced and what led to me being awakened to the deception and cover-ups of an organization that claims to be directed by God and states that it is the sole channel of communication between God and men. From about eleven years of age I truly believed that the organization known as Jehovah’s Witnesses was rightfully that which it claimed to be. I was actively involved in the preaching work as set out and required of every Jehovah’s Witness and never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would find myself taking my current stand. For twenty five years of my life I believed this was “The Truth”. Well, I reached a crossroads in my life and this book describes what led me to my decisions and how I came to the conclusion that I was living a life based on just another religious concept. A concept that can be very damaging to individuals and

  • Political Cults: How They Work

    12/07/2019 Duration: 17min

    History is littered with cults that use political ideals as their base. Classic examples of this type of cult are Hitler’s Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Communist USSR. This was mind control on a large scale. On a smaller scale, white and black supremacists, terrorists, and rebel groups commonly use forms of mind control to recruit and dominate members. Under this type of cult we include examples such as The Michigan Militia, Posse Comitatus, The Nation of Islam and The Ku Klux Klan. And dare I include South Africa’s very own AWB (Afrikaner Weerstand Beweeging). There has been an increase in the politics of personalities and the formation of cults around political leaders. Smaller parties, four of them new, and the EFF have presented the electorate with prominent leadership figures and will hang the immediate future of their parties on these personalities. For the ruling ANC, too, the election has become a lot more about Cyril Ramaphosa than it is about the party. In fairness, the ANC is less of a cult, than say

  • Misquotes and Dishonesty in the Creation Book

    13/06/2019 Duration: 16min

    In 1985 The Watch Tower released a book called Life, How did it get here? By evolution or creation? The book was studied by the Jehovah’s Witnesses at their book studies and was hailed as a definitive tool to counter the argument for evolution. However, the book proved to be a feeble attempt by The Watch Tower to prove their doctrine. The book contained numerous misquotes of experts in the field of evolutionary science, biology, palaeontology and anthropology. Quotes were taken out of context and twisted to suit the narrative within the book. Needless to say, many of these experts called out The Watch Tower for their dishonesty. It leaves a question mark over the ability of the Watch Tower's teachings and doctrines to stand up to scrutiny and truth. #evolution #creation #JehovahsWitnesses

  • New Book - Leaving The Witness

    06/06/2019 Duration: 09min

    We are back with a brand new season of Cult Life. This show outlines the new book called Leaving The Witness by Amber Scorah, a former Jehovah's Witness that was a missionary in China. Leaving The Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life recounts Scorah's journey and experiences as a Jehovah's Witness. Ambers view on dealing with change and loss is profoundly inspiring and encompasses what many have to deal with when exiting a religion or a cult. #LeavingTheWitness #AmberScorah #ExJW

  • Scarce and Critical Skills

    30/05/2019 Duration: 09min

    This show comes to you on the back of the cabinet announcement by our president and as expected we had some mixed reactions to the cabinet announcement. Markets have reacted, and our currency has to it as well. But of particular interest to this podcast is the fact that Blade Nzimande has been announced as the minister of Higher education and Science and Technology, a portfolio which has now been combined under one ministry. Thulas Nxesi has been appointed as Minister of Employment and labour, a portfolio which has also been revamped. As the country battles high unemployment rates, it is striking to note that there are no sufficient applicants with qualified skills for available career opportunities. This has prompted government to review the list to attract and maintain critically skilled labour in South Africa to increase growth, transformation and economic growth.

  • Skills Talk Intro Episode

    22/05/2019 Duration: 16min

    Welcome to Skills Talk. A podcast about skills, learning and development, human resources and the ever-evolving world of work. Each week, we explore current and future trends in skills development and the learning and development sphere and organizational principles in the real world. We have interviews lined up with experts in their respective fields and we will get some much-needed advice and intelligence from interesting people on this show. #skills #learning

  • Jehovah's Witnesses and The Vote

    13/04/2019 Duration: 12min

    Following a series of tense negotiations and years of liberation struggle, the first democratic election was held in South Africa on the 27th April, 1994. This election changed the history of South Africa. It paved the way towards a new democratic dispensation and a new constitution for the country. For the first time all races in the country were going to the polls to vote for a government of their choice. Nineteen political parties participated and twenty-two million people voted. The election took place in a festive atmosphere, contrary to fears of political violence. Many Jehovah's Witnesses do not vote and stay neutral in political affairs. However, the requirement not to vote has varied over time. Although few Witnesses vote, since 1999 it is technically a conscience matter. This episode discusses the standpoint from the Watch Tower and how it has created a mess. Lives have also been lost due to the Watch Tower's commands. Music intro provided courtesy of Accelerated Ideas (www.accelerated-ideas.com

  • Religions and Vaccinations

    10/03/2019 Duration: 15min

    Measles outbreaks are devastating countries across the globe, linked to a massive drop in vaccination rates. The World Health Organisation has raised the alarm and ranked ‘vaccine hesitancy’ as one of the top 10 threats to public health everywhere. Washington state has experienced a measles outbreak in the past month. And South Africa is not immune to this. Dr Yogan Pillay, deputy director general at the Department of Health, said that 85 percent of children in South Africa are fully immunised by the age of one year – but the most recent data from the country’s Medical Research Council suggests this figure is closer to 70 percent. There are a number of factors that contribute to this with access to rural areas being one, where parents find it difficult to get to clinics and medical practitioners also finding it hard to reach many in the rural areas. Another factor is, of course, the anti-vaccination drives being fuelled by misinformation and bogus studies that have been debunked at proven to be false. But

  • Jehovah's Witnesses and Higher Education

    14/02/2019 Duration: 11min

    From inception, Watchtower leaders took issue with the education system, bemoaning teachings that contradict a literal interpretation of the Bible. One of the primary reasoning against a higher education has been that the time left is reduced, so the final days of this system should be spent in full service for Jehovah and his organization. However, controlling the information that members take in is typical of cults and high control groups. #JehovahsWitnesses #HigherEducation #CultLife

  • Watch Tower vs Faithleaks.org

    17/01/2019 Duration: 13min

    On the afternoon of Monday December 31, 2018, the Truth and Transparency Foundation was issued four separate takedown requests with a total of 63 documents. The request came from the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. It is the third time the Truth and Transparency Foundation has received such a request, this being the first regarding withdrawal of documents not related to Mormonism. All the documents included in the requests are currently hosted on the website of TTF project FaithLeaks, which serves as a site to host confidential documents from religious institutions. The entirety of the documents was published in late April or early May 2018, eight months before the requests. How did FaithLeaks.org respond? #FaithLeaks #WatchTower #Takedown

  • Cults and Psychology

    10/01/2019 Duration: 18min

    Many religions and cults frown upon and have a disdain for the field of Psychology and we will explore some of the writings and utterances of some of these cults showing their distrust of this academic discipline and science. According to The South African College of Applied Psychology it is the scientific study of the multi-dimensional facets of the mind and human behaviour. It seeks to understand the developmental, psychosocial and environmental factors that influence experiences and shape individuals and groups. Psychology explores many fascinating concepts including perception, cognition, emotion, motivation, brain functioning, personality, behavior and interpersonal relationships to name just a few. The study of psychology ultimately aims to benefit individuals and society in the enhancement of mental health as well as in understanding and solving problems in many other contexts and spheres of human activity. #Cults #Psychology #JehovahsWitnesses

  • The Keepers and an exJW Christmas

    20/12/2018 Duration: 10min

    I watched a Netflix documentary called The Keepers over the past week. It is the story about the unsolved murder in 1969 of sister Cathy Cesnick. The seven-part series delves into allegations of unthinkable sexual assault, perpetrated by a trusted Father at the all-girls Catholic High School where Cesnik worked. There is much speculation that the nun was going to expose the Father and this what could have led to her murder. But the point. Despite all these allegations Father Joseph Maskell was moved around within the church district of Baltimore for decades. The response to this whole saga is appalling. It is all about protecting the reputation of the church. However, how Jehovah's Witnesses handle allegations of child sexual abuse within their ranks is not so different from the Catholic Church. #TheKeepers #exJW #Christmas

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

    06/12/2018 Duration: 10min

    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 blood transfusions to their children . #JehovahsWitnesses #BloodTransfusion #EXJW

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

    22/11/2018 Duration: 08min

    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. #LeahRemini #JehovahsWitnessSpecial #Aftermath

  • Stan Lee, Comic Books and The Watchtower

    15/11/2018 Duration: 12min

    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 of June 1983 featured an article under the heading: What Has Happened to Comic Books? It goes on to describe the gratuitous violence, sexual innuendo and obsession with the occult. I acknowledge that we have to be selective in what we as parents expose our young children to when it comes to reading material, TV shows and movies etc. But the Watchtower is being totally hypocritical here when it comes to their condemnation of violence in comic books. #StanLee #ComicBooks #Watchower

  • The Battle for a 5 year old's life.

    01/11/2018 Duration: 09min

    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

    18/10/2018 Duration: 14min

    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 relating to the alleged kidnapping and trafficking of more than 30 girls and women. During his cross-examination this week, the defense attorney Peter Daubermann asked Zondi a number of questions which caused Judge Mandela Makaula to intervene, and which many have said were inappropriate. He asked Zondi why she did not scream and asked her if, by travelling to Durban to see Omotoso, she did not "accept the risk of being raped". This made me recall the disturbing writings of The Watchtower in their publications. The Watchtowe

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