About Free Minds, Inc.

We are a global online network with independence from government, corporate, national and organised religious interests.

Our vision is of a world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality or ethnicity – enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards, specifically with regard to freedom of religion.

We invite you to join our online community – to take action and to stop high control groups from ruining lives. To that end we are relaunching www.freeminds.org as a portal. This means new fresh content every day from the Jehovah’s Witness and cult awareness community. We welcome the input of all for publication.

The people now working with us are volunteers, with a common goal in mind, and that is to create a heterogeneous  ”congregation.” That being an online community comprised of former cult members and current Jehovah’s Witnesses covering the full spectrum of religiosity and spirituality. This is a cooperative effort of equals and any departure will not be viewed personally. It will feature all things important to helping the Witness exit the Watchtower Society as painlessly as possible, if that is their wish, and to provide them with a supermarket of future options. There is somewhere else to go!  It is a loose-knit cooperative, begun initially through a small circle of friends.

Friendship alone binds us all together. On everything else, we may disagree, without being disagreeable.

Join freeminds.org now! Please consider us in your budgeting and your prayers and your giving to Free Minds,
a non-profit organization (all contributions are tax-deductible).

 

UPDATE 5/4/2010 in response to the above, wherein a reader objects:

 

Dear [Reader],

In the context of the statement of “Our Vision” on the Free Minds site:

Our vision is of a world in which every person – regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality or ethnicity – enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards, specifically with regard to freedom of religion.

…you say, “I understand race, religion, gender, ethnicity but what do you mean about “sexuality?”

Although I personally did not pen the above Statement of Purpose, I fully agree with it. Your questioning of the word “sexuality” in your letter can be answered by my saying that I or others who work with Free Minds are not opposed to working with and aiding homosexuals or Lesbians or transgendered persons, as they have the same needs as the rest of us, whether they choose Christ or not.

What else would you expect from an organization that calls itself “Free Minds”?

This does not represent the slightest change of my opinion in 30 years, though some appear to have believed I was of a different, more bigoted mindset. Yet you will find nothing I ever wrote that even suggested otherwise. I have not changed. Even as a strict Jehovah’s Witness for eight years, I NEVER ONCE shunned or failed to speak to a disfellowshipped person. It is simply cruel. Would Jesus do that?

I also believe in Darwinian evolution and that the earth is millions of years old as well as our human ancestors, which shocks some Christians. But I have always believed in evolution in all its forms -  those Christians just never asked!

Free Minds is not a church or a religious institution and never has been. It is a non-profit educational organization. What the beliefs or lack thereof of people’s personal faith is not our immediate concern. We are concerned with ABUSE, not intellectual posturing. We are a secular institution that just happens to have many evangelical Christians on board, a Greek Orthodox and a Catholic, as well as one “gay” blogger and four or five atheist or agnostic bloggers. With the exception of our Treasurer, they are not members of our Board of Directors. Freeminds.org is a PORTAL. Think of it as a secular online newspaper that addresses many types of people and allows for dissent of thought on many issues. Our concern is helping abused people out of the Watchtower, not “saving souls.”  I trust God does his own work in that regard, and always see the Holy Spirit at work when I hold to that conviction.

Personally I have no problem with people’s sexual orientation as long as they are not criminals in the eyes of the civil law. If you work for a business, say a grocery store or a hospital, I am sure you would serve all kinds of people (I would hope). To do anything less is, in my opinion, un-Christlike and cruel.

Sincerely yours,

Randall Watters

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