The link you see below is a detailed inspection report as produced by the Care Quality Commission of England. The inspection was routine and was conducted at the Jah-Jireh Charity Home. Just what is the Jah-Jireh Charity Home? It is, as you will see, a convalescent home that can accommodate up to 36 people with sensory impairment or physical disability, and people living with dementia who require assistance with personal care. But here’s the catch. It is owned and operated by individual Jehovah’s Witnesses (not by the Jehovah’s Witness Organization itself), all of its staff are Jehovah’s Witnesses, and all of its patients/clientele are Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is what JWs would describe as a utopia of “brotherly love”.
But if you read the report, you will find that the necessary care these individuals should have been receiving was sorely lacking. There were not enough staff members on shift to give required support. Staff were not deployed in an effective way. At mealtimes, more dependent people were not assisted with their meals. People who had high care needs were left sitting unattended for long periods of time. Medicines were not always given as prescribed nor stored safely. The home was not designed or adapted to effectively support people living with dementia. Staff had only basic awareness of dementia care. In regard to the service being 1 – Safe 2 – Effective – 3 – Caring 4 – Responsive and 5 – Well-led, this particular home received grades of Inadequate, Inadequate, Needs Improvement, Needs Improvement and Inadequate, respectively.
Yes it is sad to see elderly ones and the physically disabled being neglected, especially by a staff comprised solely of Jehovah’s Witnesses who claim to be, as a whole, the most loving people in the world. But that’s not what this blog is about. This blog is about the brief interviews that were conducted with the actual residents of the facility. One person was quoted as saying “They’ve been very good, nothing is a bother.” Another said “Absolutely wonderful, they’re kind and they’re always there.” Yet another is quoted as saying “The manager is wonderful, very kind and listens to us.” There are many more quotes in the report with nearly all being extremely positive. But……..these quotes are not representative of the findings in the report. In fact, the report itself went on to say exactly, “This did not reflect our findings.” So what’s the scoop? How could a professional inspection uncover so many inadequacies while the respondents simply marveled at the care they were given?
It’s because of the mindset instilled in a Jehovah’s Witness from youth on up. As a Witness, you are consistently told that although you await the coming paradise, unlike those around you in the “world”, you currently live in a “spiritual paradise”. You have the comfort and peace of knowing that you have the one and only true religion in the world, and that those associated with the Jehovah’s Witness organization are your “brothers and sisters”. You are clean and spotless in comparison with your neighbors and workmates because you keep them at a distance to preserve your spiritual cleanliness.
“Our choice of associates. Of course, some contact with unbelievers — such as at school, at work, and when sharing in the ministry — is unavoidable. It is quite another matter, though, to socialize with them, even cultivating close friendships with them. Do we justify such association by saying that they have many good qualities? “Do not be misled,” warns the Bible. “Bad associations spoil useful habits.” (1 Cor. 15:33) Just as a small amount of pollution can contaminate clean water, friendship with those who do not practice godly devotion can contaminate our spirituality and lead us into adopting worldly viewpoints, dress, speech, and conduct.” – Watchtower 2013 Feb Study Edition p.24
“While some contact with worldly people is unavoidable-at work, at school, and otherwise-we must be vigilant so as to keep from being sucked back into the death-dealing atmosphere of this world. … Let the world go along in its way, reaping its bad fruitage in the form of broken homes, illegitimate births, sexually transmitted diseases, such as AIDS, and countless other emotional and physical woes.” – Watchtower 1987 September 15 p.12
The “love” shown amongst fellow JWs is said to be unparalleled. You are happy. Happier than anyone else in the entire world.
“Our close relationship with Jehovah makes us the happiest people on earth.” – Watchtower 1995 Jan 15 p.12
“We are the happiest people of the face of the earth, knowing that on becoming approved we will receive the crown of life.” – Kingdom Ministry Feb 1994 p.5
“Of course, the fact that Jehovah’s servants “weep” over the sorry state of world affairs does not preclude their being happy. On the contrary! They are actually the happiest group of people on earth.” – Watchtower 1999 October 1 p.8
“The happiest people on earth are Jehovah’s people and they are chiefly among the poor as concerns the things that the world prizes highly.” – Watchtower 1975 Feb 1 p.92
But that “happiness” you have is only the result of your unquestioned obedience to the leadership of the organization.
“However, we cannot hope to acquire a good relationship with Jehovah if we ignore those whom Jesus has appointed to care for his belongings. Without the assistance of “the faithful and discreet slave,” we would neither understand the full import of what we read in God’s Word nor know how to apply it.” Examining the Scriptures Daily 2012 Mar 4
“The point is that Christians have implicit trust in their heavenly Father; they do not question what he tells them through his written Word and organization.” Watchtower 1974 July 15 p.441
“First, since “oneness” is to be observed, a mature Christian must be in unity and full harmony with fellow believers as far as faith and knowledge are concerned. He does not advocate or insist on personal opinions or harbor private ideas when it comes to Bible understanding.” Watchtower 2001 Aug 1 p.14
“To turn away from Jehovah and his organization, to spurn the direction of “the faithful and discreet slave,” and to rely simply on personal Bible reading and interpretation is to become like a solitary tree in a parched land.” Watchtower 1985 Jun 1 p.20
Once you have been convinced that you are happy, and that the happiness you experience is the result of strict obedience to the group’s doctrine and rules, leadership can make any and all demands of you, even stripping away hopes, dreams and relationships. How so? Consider this. The graphs you see below are illustrative of both incomes and amount of secular education received amongst Jehovah’s Witnesses. In it, you will see that Jehovah’s Witnesses, on average, make very little money and have very little education. In fact, only 12% of Jehovah’s Witnesses earn a college degree or higher, while almost 50% have household incomes of less than $30,000. And why? Because typically speaking, higher education equates to higher earning power, and obtaining an advanced secular education is demonized by leadership. It is claimed that such an education wastes precious time that could be better used doing “kingdom work” (i.e. preaching and studying Jehovah’s Witness materials). Such a desire for secular education shows an individual’s penchant for selfish prestige and materialism. It is indicative of lack of faith. After all, do you trust in God’s kingdom or are you putting your trust in your OWN ability to provide for yourself? Finally, education puts you at risk of unnecessary association with professors and students that aren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses. Sadly, these scare tactics work very well as evidenced by the graphs you see. The hopes and dreams of a fulfilling career are destroyed by the organization long before they ever had a chance to grow into something believable and obtainable.
What about relationships? Jehovah’s Witnesses love to cherry pick and misrepresent Matthew 10:32-36 in the bible. This is the passage where Jesus says that he has not come to bring peace, but rather, a sword and that a man’s enemies would be his own household. They cleverly use this scripture to their advantage while trying to recruit new members. By “accurately predicting” that a new recruit’s family will have concerns over his/her joining the Jehovah’s Witness cult, they further entrap the victim. They will say, “See! Just like Jesus said, your enemies are now in your own family. They are being led by Satan to try to stop you from learning the truth from us.” Sadly, many times this fortifies the resolve of a new recruit. He/she has no idea that he/she has just been made the victim of scripture manipulation to control his/her behavior. At no point does it enter the mind of the new recruit or the Jehovah’s Witnesses that are indoctrinating him/her with their teachings, that the family of this individual has done research and knows what a dangerous and controlling cult it is………that they are just trying to reach him/her before it is too late and he/she begins to distance him/herself from them because they are now determined to be “bad association.” Too, consider what happens when a Jehovah’s Witness is disfellowshipped (excommunicated). Even close family must treat a disfellowshipped person as though he/she is dead. Here are two examples.
“Are you personally proving yourself holy with regard to not associating with family members or others who have been disfellowshipped?” Watchtower 2014 Nov 15 p.14
“Really, what your beloved family member needs to see is your resolute stance to put Jehovah above everything else – including the family bond. … Do not look for excuses to associate with a disfellowshipped family member, for example, through e-mail.” Watchtower 2013 Jan 15 p.16
As a Jehovah’s Witness, you likely are kept from having a good secular education. Through their printed material and sermons, your faith and desire to please God are questioned should you still have this desire. You likely don’t make much money. Again, if you desire more, your faith is questioned. Your behavior is controlled. You will be reprimanded if you swear or watch a rated R movie. If you purchase a new car and it isn’t a 4 door car or minivan, you will be openly criticized. Why? Because a two door car isn’t good for getting people in and out of for all of the door knocking activity that is expected of you. You will be judged as being weak in the faith. If you are a man, you cannot have a beard. If you decide to wear a beard, congregation “privileges” such as cleaning the kingdom hall, mowing the lawn and giving short sermons from the stage will be removed from you. If you are a woman, you cannot wear pants to the kingdom hall. There are no scriptures to back up these rules, but if you question them, you will be accused of being combative and rebellious. If you make a big enough mistake, you may be disfellowshipped and your family and friends will now shun you. If you ever determine that you no longer believe in the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you will be accused of apostasy and disfellowshipped. If you even question the organization or its teachings, you will be treated as though you are a danger. Critical thought is not allowed. You are ostracized from main stream society. Those that reach out to you, you keep at a distance because they are worldly, and you’ve been told they will only wreck your faith. You don’t celebrate any holidays or birthdays. You live your life constantly trying not to “stumble” your fellow “brothers and sisters”. (If you drink two beers at dinner you may “stumble” your “brother” who thinks that is too much. If you get a stylish new haircut, you may “stumble” your “brothers and sisters” because you are trying to fit in with the world instead of separating yourself from it etc etc) You aren’t allowed to smoke. You aren’t allowed to get a tattoo. You aren’t allowed to vote or have an interest in politics. You will be expected to choose to die instead of receiving a blood transfusion. You live in fear of Armageddon. In order to be considered a strong Witness, you must engage in the door to door work weekly. You must prepare for that work as well. You must attend all church meetings which take place at least twice per week. You must study ahead of time for those meetings. You must do personal study of JW publications. You must study as a family. The constant treadmill of mundane activity is agonizing.
Yet you are told over and over again that the organization you are part of is the most loving and peaceful in all the earth. You are told over and over again that you are happy. The sad truth is that MANY Jehovah’s Witnesses take anti-depressant medication. They tell themselves it is because the devil gets them down……or because “this system” or “the world” wears them out and they can’t wait for the coming “paradise”. But the reality is that it is the lifestyle of Jehovah’s Witnesses and everything I described above that causes the need for anti-depressant medication. The organization that controls their behavior, their thoughts, their emotions and the information they are allowed to look at is the same organization that is responsible for their lack of education, lack of earning power, paranoia, fear, stress from expectations and constant judgment. And that’s what makes me sad. As Jehovah’s Witnesses, their ability to think critically has been stolen from them. They lack the ability make this connection and thereby exhibit a Stockholm Syndrome tendency to grasp even tighter to the very monster that abuses and exploits them.
And so it goes too, with the patients/residents of this convalescent home. If you recall, the findings of the audit showed the entire facility to be severely lacking in terms of layout, leadership, safety, caring and responsiveness. Yet the respondents/patients/residents claimed that the place was wonderful. And why? Because of the constant barrage of one sided propaganda thrown at them by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Remember, if you are a Jehovah’s Witness, you are happy. No matter what your life circumstance. No matter how you are being treated. Besides, in this case, those taking care of you are Jehovah’s Witnesses too! They love you and you love them. Therefore any semblance of inadequate service or care must be only a figment of your imagination. These are your “brothers and sisters”! They would only give you the BEST care possible! At least, that’s what you’ve been trained to automatically assume and believe. In fact, the summary of the report went on to say, “All the people and their relatives we spoke with (likely JWs as well) confirmed that the staff were kind and compassionate. It was evident that people who lived and those who worked in the home had a special bond sustained by their faith where “brothers and sisters” were recognized and valued. People were praising of the spiritual support they received from staff and the faith they shared. Communal prayers were said before meals and there were frequent bible study and worship times. This celebrated the shared spiritual beliefs of people.”
Because they are supposed to be “happy” people……especially in an environment where they are surrounded by other Jehovah’s Witnesses, even though the care given to them was inadequate, no one complained. Everyone was in unison that they were happy and loved the “spiritual support” they received. Any complaints or truthfulness would have destroyed the cognitive schema of utopian joy that has been painted for them by the propaganda of the Jehovah’s Witness leadership. THIS is the danger of Jehovah’s Witnesses. When maintaining a group-think illusion of happiness prevents individuals from recognizing or speaking about personal mistreatment, you have entered a realm of dangerous mind control.
Strangely enough, the name of this facility as mentioned in my first paragraph, is Jah-Jireh. In Hebrew, that stands for “Jehovah – God who sees/and/or provides”. Apparently their God is more concerned about making sure the residents of this home maintain a façade of happiness than he is in making sure they receive the adequate care they need in order to make them GUNUINELY happy.
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will come to believe it.” – Joseph Goebbels – Minister of Propagana during the Nazi Regime under Adolf Hitler