Danny Haszard was born a third-generation Jehovah's Witness. He was one of the thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses who grew up believing that the end of this evil "system of things" would come in their life time and that they were destined to be part of the select group of humanity who would cheat death and live forever in paradise on earth after Jehovah God executes genocidal judgment on the wicked world.
According to Danny in an interview with Maine Times, May 2001:
My parents were Jehovah's Witnesses Missionaries and when I was born they were reviled for having a baby because the end of the world was coming any day and preaching work has to get priority.
Danny sacrificed a lot for what he was raised to believe in. He declares on his autobiography: I squandered my youth for a cult! His site DannyHaszard.com has a photograph of him at 29 with the heading: Danny a virgin at 29!
Worldly things did not matter to the young man growing up as a Jehovah's Witness. He'd been assured that the world would soon end and that his youth would be miraculously renewed by Jehovah God in the new paradise world to come. Danny neglected his responsibilities to himself–getting braces on his teeth, resisting the temptations of sexuality in his youth, he did not bother about his finishing his education because Armageddon was just around the corner. He suffers a complex of medical conditions–He is diabetic, he has ulcerative colitis, but he neglected to seek medical treatment because, according to the elders of his church, God will fix these problems in the new world to come. Danny, now in his fifties says:
In my youth I was a good looking boy. I had all these girls chasing me but I had to suppress my sex drive because any day the end of the world is coming and I'm going to get delivered…
When Danny was diagnosed of ulcerative colitis, he was confident in the promise by the leadership of the Jehovah's Witnesses that the world would end in 1975 and that all things would be made anew. Danny says:
my disease was woefully mismanaged. I neglected my health care believing in the bogus false promise that 'any day' I would be in the 'new system' and Jehovah God would cure me forever. 1975 came and went and the Watchtower has now denied ever making that end of the world prediction. The disease was to continue to ravage me for another 23 years until my bowel finally gave out and I had to have a total proctocolectomy with an ileostomy appliance (colostomy bag).
But Danny is courageous enough to see the good side to his ordeal with ulcerative colitis (he jokes that he is now immune to colonic cancer, since he doesn't have one anymore). But he remains bitterly disappointed at the failure of the 1975 end-of-world prophecy by the Jehovah's Witnesses organization:
…the devout are growing old and dying in the Jehovah's Witnesses just like everyone else and I now have had to come to terms with my own eventual mortality, I'm now 53…
After the 1975 disappointment Danny began to question the beliefs he inherited from his parents in his childhood. According the Danny he came across literature about the life of William Miller, the man who formed the nineteenth century group known as the Millerites and from whose failed prophecy of the second coming of Christ the Jehovah's Witness may trace their origins as a splinter group. Danny soon realized that he was living a delusion and finally he left the organization. In Danny's own words:
I figured out that their teaching was just so much convulated cult trapping. The thing that really saved me was this: When you get disengaged from a cult, you're brainwashed [to believe] that you are doomed. They brainwashed me that I was like Judas Iscariot…there's only one thing for you to do, and that's to go off and hang yourself…Then I looked up a cult support group and walked into the meeting and there were all these ex-Jehovah's Witnesses, ex-Scientologists, ex-Moonies and I realized I identified with them. Were all from the same cloth all from the same pedigree…
It is the policy of Jehovah's Witnesses to shun any member who lives the organization. He was shunned by his former friends and relatives and soon he was separated from his mother who moved to Florida. Danny now lives in Bangor, Maine. In 1997, he heard a rumor that his mother had Alzheimer's disease. He thinks his mother must have died a few years after but he has been unable to ascertain the facts. According to Danny,
Basically, I got voted off the Island because I did not sell enough Watchtowers.
Danny claims that he was raped by Church Elders, but Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to go to the police when a criminal incidence happens in the organization. You go to the elders who judge. You may go to the police only if the accused member is excommunicated by the organization. According to Danny what happens is that if a case in the congregation is really scandalous, they just try to cover it up so as not to cause embarrassment in public to the organization, and say to the victim:
Wait on Jehovah, he will solve your problems don't worry about it
In 1997 Danny sent a letter to the sales tax fraud division of the Criminal Investigation Deparment with copies to all fifty states in the U.S. and the I.R.S office. Part of the letter read:
I am writing to blow the whistle on an organization I used to belong to, an organization that is selling millions of dollars of merchandise in this state without collecting sales tax[as required by law]. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York ships truckloads of books, videos, tapes and assorted other merchandise to their Kingdom Halls across the state…They talk about "donations" but this is a thinly veiled tax-dodging sales operation. Dunn & Bradstreet reports for recent years show their sales in the $1 billion range.. The religious publishing operations and bookstores connected with other churches are collecting and paying sales tax…
Danny is now in his fifties yet he seems to be unable to get over the trauma of his past and he is still after the Jehovah's Witnesses organization for damages done to his mental and physical health by the false expectations the group fostered in him which, according to him, made him waste away his youth. Danny says in his blog:
The Watchtower leadership and a number of JW elder…are well aware of what I want…Undaunted Danny wants EVERYTHING promised to me by the [Jehovah' Witnesses Organization]…My mission profile is to get the above family wrecking, pedophile protecting, and blasphemous …Elders all Disfellowshipped themselves. I also demand a compensatory damage payment of $100,000,000 from the…real estate empire and ripoff racket.
To the suggestion that Danny Haszard's trauma at having left the Jehovah's Witnesses organization might have been so profound that he needs mental health care he says:
Well if Jehovah's Witnesses say this guy is crazy, he's mental case–well, yeah, I've got a mental history. It was caused by them