Luckily I was a unusual child. I was born and raised into the Jehovah's Witness religion but I did not think like them.
I remember studying Watchtower publications as soon as I was able to read, and I couldn't understand why the Jehovah's Witnesses were complaining of persecution. To me it made perfect sense that no one liked what they had to say.
JW's claimed they were being persecuted. In fact they were thrown in jail a few times in the early days.
They believe they have 'the truth' and are being persecuted because of it. I did not see any facts to back up what they said.
First of all, I didn't see that they had 'the truth'. To me it was all religious propaganda. They had no solid evidence to back up their claims of religious superiority.
And secondly in my opinion, the Watchtower writers were the aggressors. They were the persecutors and deserved whatever punishment they received by people who were merely defending themselves against unprovoked verbal attacks.
Occasionally I surf the internet about the JW's today and to my disappointment I continue to see their unnecessary, unloving, and defamatory messages against Jehovah's Witnesses who leave the organization and all other Christian religions. 
Yet when anyone says anything negative about their religion they take offense and feel unjustly criticized as if they did nothing wrong.
Within the Watchtower religion it is believed that apostates are spreading lies. JW's believe they are victims and disliked because they are exposing 'the truth'.
An old saying when I was little was this. 'People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.' It seems to be appropriate advice for everyone who feels persecuted.
Read Watchtower literature today. Are they being persecuted? Or are people simply defending themselves? 
Then ask yourself this. Are their insulting comments about Jehovah's Witnesses who leave the organization Bible based facts, - or religious propaganda and Mind Control?
Here are some of the things I remember hearing at Kingdom Halls when I was very young.
When I questioned my parents and other Jehovah's Witnesses about these things, I was told that all religions do the same thing. How they knew this I don't know. Jehovah's Witnesses don't read publications written by other religions.
All I knew was this. Virtually all Christians treated me with kindness, even though the literature I brought to their homes was filled with unkind, questionable statements about their sacred places of worship, their faith, and religious beliefs.
When I was a Jehovah's Witness I always felt compassion for the Christians, Buddhists, Moslems, Hindus, ... and all the kind hearted people who were judged harshly by Watchtower writers for no good reason. Luke 6:35-37.
I questioned the belief that 'worldly' people would be destroyed at armageddon and we'd be the only ones to be saved. We were not perfect and without fault. In my opinion, our literature did not always reflect God's love.
The persecution and religious intolerance needed to end. I could not influence the Watchtower. All I could do is take my stand for what is right.
I was ashamed for my involvement with the Jehovah's Witnesses. I was sorry. I left the religion of my childhood. I left my friends. I left my family. I made my decision to follow the compassionate God Jesus. All authority has been given unto him according to Matthew 28:18,19.
When I left the Jehovah's Witnesses I thought that Jehovah and Jesus were working together, but today I have serious doubts. Strong evidence indicates that the father of Jesus is not Jehovah. See Jehovah vs Jesus? Also check out this information about the Devil. Is he real? Who is he?
1. 'Another example of valueless words is found among the religious leaders of Christendom. These claim to speak in God’s name, but most of their utterances are not based on the Scriptures, and what they say is basically worthless. Apostates too speak valueless words, claiming to have greater wisdom than the appointed “faithful and discreet slave.” (Matt. 24:45-47) However, apostates speak their own wisdom, and their words are valueless, a stumbling block to any who might listen. (Luke 17:1, 2) How can we avoid being misled by them?' Watchtower April 15, 2008, "Repudiate "Valueless Things."'