Oh, brother! He was raised 'around' the truth, only his sister is still active. His father was more interested in money from his kids than with instilling them with life saving truths. He was overbalanced, and from accounts, abusive. Michael was baptized, but when his Thriller video came out, was told that it was encouraging a belief in the occult, and if he released it, it would be going against our beliefs in the bible, that condemn the occult. He did it anyway, and made it plain that he was no longer associating with the witnesses, as his later life proves. That was over 20 years ago, oddly, coinciding with his downward slide into weirdness. Until that point, he was a wildly successful, creative young man, and he has since become synonymous with creepy odd behavior, but HE IS NOT ONE OF US!!!!! Not for years. I believe his mind is destroyed by some hidden demon. I don't know what his problem is, but it sure isn't Jehovah's Witnesses. If Islam likes that kind of weird stuff, they are welcome to him. He turned his back on Jehovah's Witnesses long ago. He did not 'reject' us, we 'rejected' him, based on his unscriptural behavior. Interestingly, most other religions would have been 'thrilled' to have him claim them in 1988-but his money was not important to us, his behavior warranted his ousting, and that's what happened. If he hadn't gone on his own, he would have been put out of the congregation for many, many different reasons.