A former Jehovah's Witness has commented on the extreme practices of the religious organization in a series of shocking YouTube videos.
Damo Hyland, 20, from Perth, WA, was born into a family of Jehovah & Witnesses.
He claims that he has spent much of his childhood indoctrinated, brainwashed and subjected to emotional manipulation.
Mr. Hyland told Daily Mail Australia that he was forced to clean up places of worship and participate in door-to-door preaching known as & # 39; witnesses & # 39 ;.
He added that he was regularly bullied at school because he was different.
Mr. Hyland said he had a particular problem with the & # 39; fear conditioning & # 39 ;.
& # 39; You have learned very early to put Jehovah first, and anyone who is not a Jehovah's Witness is potentially dangerous, & he said in a video on his YouTube channel.
& # 39; (Non-Jehovah's & Witnesses) are criminals and bad people, and if you associate with them at least, it can kill you.
& # 39; I could use my & # 39; & # 39; worldly & # 39; & # 39; school friends did not take over because Jehovah would not like it.
& # 39; I could not celebrate birthdays, Halloween, Easter … and it meant that you were labeled as that child (at school) who knocks on everyone's door on a Saturday morning.
Damo Hyland (photo), 20, from Perth, WA, was born into a family of Jehovah & Witnesses
& # 39; And I learned to really hate Christmas.
& # 39; I remember going to the mall and Santa Claus was there. He came to me with his crew and they said & do you want a photo with Santa? & # 39;
& # 39; And Mom actually only looked at me. I knew exactly what to say: No. I am a Jehovah's Witness and Jehovah does not like Christmas.
& # 39; That's what I told Santa Claus. I feel sick to this day. & # 39;
Mr. Hyland said that when he had the idea of leaving the religious group, he was accused of not loving his grandmother.
& # 39; I was very close with my grandmother, & # 39; he said. & # 39; But I was told I didn't love her, otherwise I wouldn't leave the Witnesses. By saying I wanted to leave, I said I never wanted to see her again. & # 39;
But Mr. Hyland said the worst thing was that nobody was allowed to question their situation.
& # 39; If you did not want to clean the toilets in the Kingdom Hall until 11 p.m., you were told: & # 39; Jehovah would not like that & # 39 ;.
& # 39; If you don't do the Saturday & # 39; you & # 39; would like to be a witness and attack people's doors, you were told & # 39; Jehovah would not like that & # 39 ;.
& # 39; And if you didn't want to go to all meetings, you were told & # 39; Jehovah would not like that & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I couldn't play footy because games were on Saturday and I had to testify on Saturday, so playing football wouldn't put Jehovah first and would make Jehovah sad.
& # 39; I was not allowed to sing the national anthem at school. I had to stand on the podium in front of the school and the Australian national anthem was coming and I had to stay there with my mouth and not sing it. & # 39;
According to Mr. Hyland, he spent a large part of his childhood indoctrinating, brainwashed and subjected to emotional manipulation.
Mr. Hyland left the organization with his father when he was 14 years old after his parents got divorced.
& # 39; When I left, my eyes were opened. Everything from people to the way the world works, in general, and on the internet. Porn Hub. Everything.
& # 39; You know that if they could see if they would do it, they would come out. Because it is so obvious when you get out that they manipulate and control their people in an unfair way.
But leaving the organization created his own problems for Mr. Hyland who said he shunned & # 39; became by many of his former friends.
& # 39; (When you leave), you lose your family and friends because you were brought up not to have worldly friends. So when you leave, you have no friends, & he explained.
Mr. Hyland told Daily Mail Australia that he was forced to clean up places of worship and participate in door-to-door preaching known as & # 39; witnesses & # 39;
Despite an unorthodox childhood, Mr. Hyland speaks very much about both his parents, including his mother who is still in the organization.
& # 39; I can tell when they had a meeting about Armageddon or to deal with loved ones who are not Jehovah's Witnesses, because they just become a different person to me, & # 39; he said about his mother.
& # 39; She behaves differently, she talks differently – she just becomes a different mother … But my parents are very good people and both good parents, and I feel that they are both now familiar with where they are. & # 39;
Jehovah & # 39; s Witnesses have told Daily Mail Australia that they respected Mr. Hyland's right to express and express his own opinion, but were unable to verify his experiences.
& # 39; It does not seem that Mr. Hyland was ever baptized as one of Jehovah & # 39; s Witnesses, and we do not know whether his parents are Witnesses or whether they have attended meetings alone & # 39 ;, said a spokesperson.
& # 39; There are many misconceptions and controversies regarding religion, and although his comments are based on & # 39; personal experiences & # 39 ;, it does not reflect the experience of more than 8.5 million baptized Jehovah & # 39; s Witnesses in 240 countries around the world. & # 39;
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