I don’t know what transpired for the next five years, aside from hearing that my father was relentlessly cruel to my mom’s sons (my half-brothers) especially the one who was later diagnosed with Asperger’s, taunting him for his delayed development.I’ve also heard chilling stories of border-line abuse in the name of punishment. He was actually pretty good to me until my pre-teens, and I was even a “daddy’s girl.”When I was five, my mom was reinstated as a Jehovah’s Witness.Shortly after, my mom became acquaintances with my father, a controlling man who had no religious beliefs or morals.I believe she was desperate for someone to take care of her and her children, and my dad took advantage of her vulnerability, weaseling his way into her life.
Immediately, I explained to her that I was not allowed to be friends with her.
Every child raised as a Jehovah’s Witness will have different circumstances.
However, the intensity of pressure to conform remains constant.
We began to teach this woman about the fear her boyfriend was going through in the prospect of losing his friends and family in addition to dying as an apostate at Armageddon.
Even if he was convicted to leave his religion and marry her, the loss of family and the cult teachings could remain in him a long time. Love has power to conquer, yes, but you need to give it serious thought how willing you are to endure and stay the full course with him.