Corina Gabriel

Corina Gabriel: It’s Not Easy, But There Is Life After Mandated Shunning


To say that I was born and raised in the Jehovah’s Witnesses religion does not accurately describe the scope and magnitude of its effect on my life. It was more than a religion; it was my entire existence. It wasn’t just how I worshipped; it was who I was. Being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses was so inextricably a part of …

Holy Books in Glass Cases: When Religious Freedom Turns Absurd


Robert U. Rational “Holy Books in Glass Cases: When Religious Freedom Turns Absurd” Ever wondered if your next Bible Belt neighborhood barbecue could legally double as a witch burning, if you claimed it as a religious practice? Of course, before you start planning a themed party complete with pitchforks—or wood stacks, for that matter—let’s consider where we draw the line …

Joining the Fight Against Mandated Shunning: How You Can Make a Difference


By Robert U. Rational In the realm of human rights and personal freedoms, the issue of mandated shunning by high control religious groups remains a deeply concerning practice that inflicts untold emotional and psychological pain on countless individuals. At, our mission is to challenge and ultimately criminalize this coercive behavior through legal channels worldwide. However, the success of this …

Mandated Shunning

Beyond Bullying: Mandated Shunning in High-Control Religions


By Robert U. Rational In today’s interconnected world, bullying has become a widely recognized social issue, with considerable attention directed towards its prevention and mitigation. However, there exists a form of social coercion that often flies under the radar, which is mandated shunning from faith-based communities like Exclusive Brethren, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, Haredi Jews, Amish/Mennonites, and the Bahá’í Faith. While …

Critical thinking

Breaking Chains with Brains: How Critical Thinking Can Help End High Control Religious Mandated Shunning


By Robert U. Rational In a world where conformity is often prized over individuality, the role of critical thinking becomes paramount, especially in the context of high control religious groups. These groups, which include but are not limited to Exclusive Brethren, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, Haredi Jews, Amish, and the Bahá’í Faith, often employ stringent measures to maintain control over their …

Mandated Shunning

The Hidden Harms of Mandated Shunning in High-Control Groups


By Robert U. Rational In today’s interconnected world, the importance of community and belonging cannot be overstated. However, not all communities offer the warmth and support we seek. High-control groups, often masquerading as havens of spiritual enlightenment or personal development, use various techniques to maintain their grip on members. Among these, mandated shunning is one of the most psychologically damaging …


Patrick Haeck Talks to OnionUnlimited About the “Lost” Belgium Court Case


The team at Stop Mandated Shunning highly recommends watching and listening to this entertaining and informative podcast about mandated shunning. It features an engaging conversation between two ex-JW elders, Patrick Haeck and Daniel Torridon, who compare this form of shunning to a social death sentence and stoning. In one hour, get caught up on why mandated shunning should be treated …