Dating and marriage outside of the Witness faith is strictly forbidden, and a physical relationship is a guaranteed path to being disfellowshipped and shunned.
Here’s a primer on the best—and weirdest—new ways to find, dissolve, dissect or even fake a relationship in Toronto launched in 2014 with the tongue-in-cheek tagline “Tinder minus the poor people” and sparked an immediate avalanche of hate (the CEO claims he’s received death threats).
The modern dating world is complex, app-driven and, frankly, a little scary.
This excellent film takes place in modern day England and addresses many situations that would be indicative to Jehovah’s Witnesses around the globe.
Some of the terms used in the movie as well as the scenery would be a little unfamiliar to people in other parts of the world, but after a half an hour or so I found that I could follow along quite easily.
As recently as 2011, Jehovah’s Witness leaders declared that apostates are “mentally diseased,” a statement which caused global outrage among former Witnesses, and even resulted in a police investigation, as reported by the Guardian.
Apostasy is a movie about a Jehovah’s Witness family consisting of a single, older mother and her two, almost grown-up, daughters.
Here, three cringe-inducing anecdotes from the stage.
Name: Ariel Kagan Age: 27 Occupation: Comedian “I agreed to go for sushi on a first date even though I’m squeamish about raw fish.
She gave me one horrified look, then grabbed her stuff and left. ” But we tell them, no, we’re calling on behalf of your significant other, and we’re breaking up with you. Our customers are generally in casual relationships where there’s not a lot of emotional attachment, and where there otherwise might not be a formal breakup at all.
I didn’t hear from her again.” Name: Steph Davidson Age: 33 Occupation: Copywriter “I got catfished by a guy on Ok Cupid. We give their future exes some closure—a bit of the “why.” Are some people vindictive?
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