Happy Thanksgiving! In today's episode: Daniel O'Brien, a high school educator in the Conejo Valley, sits down with Rachel about his 20 years in the Jehovah's Witness. Unhappy with his parents and life after quitting high school, Daniel went all in for Jehovah. Dedicating himself to being the best Witness he could, he became an elder and joined the Theocratic Ministry School for 14 years, where he realized he enjoyed teaching but also learned that the Jehovah's Witnesses are a corrupt organization that, like other high-control groups, weaponize guilt, shame, and fear to keep members in line. After being "Disfellowshipped", or shunned, by his wife, sons, and peers; he spent four years winning back their trust before leaving the cult for good.
Stay tuned, Before You Go: Rachel speaks on the differences and similarities between cults and other controlling organizations, like the Jehovah's Witnesses.
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