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In their book "The Orwellian World of Jehovah's Witnesses" (University of Toronto Press, 1984), former Witnesses Heather and Gary Botting call the group's disfellowshipping "a form of social and spiritual ostracism, the effects of which are legendary.
When Lincoln County detectives asked Christian Longo why he moved his family to Oregon, he immediately raised the issue of his disfellowshipping in late 2000.
In this case, Janet Bryant's sister, Sharon Roe, raised the issue of disfellowshipping.
Disfellowshipping is not the most radical practice out there, Colorado College professor David Weddle said.