….a Jehovah’s Witness, and like many others in the faith, he was homeschooled his whole life.
…My dad told me that he knew people who were into science, and it dragged them right out of the organization, right out of the truth.”
…The view that higher education is spiritually dangerous is very common among Witnesses, and for Linderer, it meant that his parents wouldn’t support him going to college.
…Research shows that only 9 percent of Witnesses get undergraduate degrees. That’s well below the national average of 30.4 percent and the lowest of any faith group. The likely reason for this trend is the religion’s official warnings against college.
…continual association with non-believers in an academic setting can “erode thinking and convictions.”
Witness leadership also discourages higher education because they believe it’s a waste of time. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been predicting the end of the world since the religion’s founding at the end of the 19th century.
…Pew research also shows that Jehovah’s Witnesses are among the lowest earners of any religious group.
Keep them dumb because stupid people are more subservient?