JW kids warned: ‘Pay attention or die!’
‘Caleb’ and ‘Sophia’ are two kids being brought up by a Jehovah’s Witness family. The animated characters feature in a series of videos – ‘Become a Jehovah’s Friend’ – produced by the cult to brainwash youngsters.
In the newly-released “Lesson 15″ – entitled “Pay Attention at the Meetings” – young Caleb and Sophia get told off by their parents for playing with a toy car (Caleb) and falling asleep (Sophia).
The video was brought to my attention today by John Cedars, who runs the JWSurvey blog. He writes:
Anyone who was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness can empathize with the scenario of two children struggling to hold their attention at a kingdom hall meeting.
So what does the Governing Body want to say to any children who find themselves bored or distracted at a meeting they have been dragged to by their indoctrinated parents? It’s simple, really: ‘Pay attention, or die’.
In a subsequent discussion around the dinner table, the children’s parents discuss the serious ramifications of failing to pay attention during a meeting.
Muses Caleb’s father:
Imagine if Noah didn’t pay attention when Jehovah explained how to build the ark.
A cartoon segment then shows Noah and his family idling around during God’s instructions for building a vessel:
That the laws of physics say could never have been seaworthy to avoid a global deluge that archeology, geology and biology testify never happened.
The result? Noah and his family are shown scurrying into the finished ark when the flood is imminent, only for it to comically collapse under the weight of the first drop of water. The whole family is then shown disappearing under the flood waters with startled looks on their faces.
‘That’s not what happened, dad!’ protests Caleb. ‘You are right,’ says his dad. ‘He paid attention, and it saved his life. Paying attention at the meetings can help save YOUR life!’
After this not-so-veiled threat, Caleb and Sophia are shown at the next meeting paying rapt attention, apparently buoyed by the knowledge that failure to do so will result in them being slaughtered.
I personally found this video even more hideous than the notorious Sparlock episode – one of the first “lessons” in this ghastly series. Why?
At least in the Sparlock episode the threats made against Caleb by his mother for playing with a wizard toy were slightly more opaque. If he didn’t throw his toy away, Caleb would make Jehovah ‘sad’ and grow old and shriveled like Adam and Eve. But in this latest video, the threats made against Caleb and his sister to coerce them into conformity are all too dire and explicit.
How any parent can watch this video and find threats of death at the hands of the Almighty an appropriate, healthy tool for shaping the attitudes and behavior of their children is beyond me.
I am reminded of the words of Richard Dawkins: ‘There is no such thing as a Christian child: only a child of Christian parents’. Children are not born religious – they need to have it pummeled into them by parents who were very likely themselves instilled with a specific religion dependent on their own parents or culture.
In the case of Witness children, the modus operandi for indoctrination is not merely gentle persuasion and cheerful recommendations but outright threats and blackmail – all endorsed and prescribed by the Governing Body themselves.
The one useful element of this video is that it openly exposes to any non-JW onlooker what the Witness religion is really all about: ‘Follow us or die’.
I have only recently made a video on this very subject, as it is my hope that more people will be mindful of the true, grisly nature of the Witness message when they are set upon with enchanting images of paradise, pandas and fruit baskets.
Sparing the next generation from having their lives molded by this grotesque vision of the future is not merely advisable – it is an obligation.