I think this is a fitting topic for my last post to this forum before it closes and goes to Read Only.
I have had enough of hiding, of not saying what I really think of this vile organization. After the hearings of the Australian Royal Commission and all the lies told by organization men at all levels, as a matter of conscience, I no longer wish to be affiliated with the WTB$ in any way. That being said, I am unwilling to play by their rules and simply “disassociate” myself. Here is my letter:
September 09, 2015
SENT BY US MAIL, CERTIFIED, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED
The Body of Elders of the [named] Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
C/o [xxx], Congregation Secretary
After listening to sworn testimony of victims of child sexual abuse within the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Australia, Jehovah’s Witness elders and a governing body member in a public hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, as a matter of conscience and to exercise of my rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I, Sail Away, hereby resign from The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, et al, the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, et al, and the [named] Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses effective immediately, September 09, 2015.
I hereby declare myself no longer a member.
As a non-member, I demand complete freedom from all religious practices, which include but are not limited to discipline and retaliation. Examples of such religious practices may include a formal announcement of my non-member status before the [named] Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses or any other congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, shunning, intentional infliction of emotional distress, harassment, slander, invasion of privacy, etc. Should you engage in any such conduct towards me, I will immediately and fully utilize all legal means to stop those acts. Any and all of the above-named parties may be held jointly and severally responsible.
Please refer to the following:
Furthermore, I request immediate, complete, and permanent cessation from all contact from church elders, ministerial servants, circuit overseers or any other member appointed to a position of authority in the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This includes, but is not limited to mail, electronic communications, telephone and in-person visits taking place at my residence (address noted above), workplace, or elsewhere.
Please be aware that I will consider any in-person visits by appointed men on private property henceforth to be trespassing, and should that occur, I will utilize all legal means to stop that act, including but not limited to civil and criminal complaints. Personal social approach in public is always welcomed and appreciated. I have no quarrel with individual members of the congregation, but again, I do not want to be further burdened by coercion from these organizations’ appointed authorities acting in that capacity.
Thank you in advance for respecting my right to freedom from religion.
Here is my attorney’s cover letter:
The Body of Elders of the (named) Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses
c/o (named elder) Congregation Secretary
RE: RESIGNATION-SAIL AWAY
Dear Mr. (named elder):
I represent Sail Away of (home town). She has expressed her intention to resign as a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, et al, the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, et al, the (named) Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the (named sister) Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her letter of resignation is enclosed.
My client has asked me to inform you in no uncertain terms that she does not want to be contacted by any member of your congregation or your organization acting in an official capacity on behalf of an elder, the congregation, or the church. Her letter clearly states her wishes in this regard. Therefore, members of your organization should not attempt to contact her. Please understand that I will commence legal action or pursue other legal recourse without further notice if you or any member, church elder or other member of your church acting for your congregation contact, harass, threaten or intimidate my client in any way.
You or your legal representative may contact me if you have any questions whatsoever.
Very truly yours,
(My attorney who was flabbergasted by my description of the shunning process and the cult-like nature of the organization and who would not accept payment for writing this letter)
PS Sorry about the highlighted text from copying/pasting