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A Jehovah's Witness Rant - Fair Warning

Posted by on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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I have told people before that in my very diverse town, where we have dozens and dozens of religions represented, we have a Kingdom Hall, and the JW's come periodically and knock on doors (we have a Mormon Temple here that does the same thing but not as frequently, btw, and for some reason one of the Lutheran churches in town also comes around handing out materials and inviting people to events at the church, but I digress).

So as you can tell, we have a lot of this door knocking going on here.  I don't like it, I think it's rude to bother other people in their own home for your own purposes, but I haven't said a lot about it.

Until today.

Today the doorbell rings and my husband answers the door, there is a woman with two small children, a girl of about 7 and a boy of about 5.  Now we have also had Girl Scouts recently selling cookies door to door (here they come around with the cookies in a wagon, you don't order, you buy direct from their stock), so it's not unusual to face a mom with kids at the door.

The little boy says "Hi sir, what's your name" and he says "John" and the little boy says "Hi John, I have an invitation for you, your family and any of your friends, we want you to come and visit" and he hands my husband an invitation to a memorial for Jesus' death on April 14th, to come to the Kingdom Hall.  My husband takes the invitation and the woman says "please, tell everyone you know, invite them all, we want to see everyone there" and they leave.

I am pissed.  I am VERY pissed.

If you, as a grown up, want to engage in such rude behavior as to bother others at home, you do it, and you face if people want to say something to you.  But to bring little kids into such a thing, to have them almost as a shield for you, is disgraceful. 

SMH over the chutzpah, stupidity, and arrogance of people.

OK, rant over.

by on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:22 AM
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jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM
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I 100% agree with that, using the kids has ALWAYS bothered me about JWs.  *edit: I generally disagree with using kids in general unless it is directly related to the kids, like girl scout cookies or school fundraisers.  That's why I've never liked seeing kids at protests and things. Being there as a spectator is one thing, as a learning experience, but as an active participant rubs me the wrong way, most times. 

romalove
by Roma on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:26 AM


Quoting jessilin0113:

I 100% agree with that, using the kids has ALWAYS bothered me about JWs.  

This is my first time encountering it.  We always know it's "them" because they park at one end of the street and get out, usually a group of four or five people, some with briefcases for the tracts, and start going door to door.  What rock have I been under that I didn't know people would do this, bring their children as religious hucksters???

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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I would have told them no either way. *shrugs* 

But, I agree with you.. own up to your arrogance and rudness. Don't be a coward and hide behind a child. or have the child do your dirty work

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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Quoting romalove:

Quoting jessilin0113:

I 100% agree with that, using the kids has ALWAYS bothered me about JWs.  

This is my first time encountering it.  We always know it's "them" because they park at one end of the street and get out, usually a group of four or five people, some with briefcases for the tracts, and start going door to door.  What rock have I been under that I didn't know people would do this, bring their children as religious hucksters???

At my old house there was a lady that would come by with her daughter.  I think they know how much more difficult it is to say no or be rude to them with cute little kids in tow.  Strikes me as cowardly.  At least the Mormons send adults who can handle doors slammed in their faces.  Using kids as a human shield is pretty despicable. 

Nicoleb9
by Bronze Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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JW always annoyed me the most. They'll stand there and argue with you in my anecdotal experiences. At least the cute little Mormon boys would take no for an answer, bid you a good day and hop back on their bikes.

I haven't had to deal with any of that since living in a gated community.
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Trudestevens
by on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:31 AM

put up a no trespass sign up with your local codes for trespassing with another sign stating no pandering religious non religious. Then when they come back again call up cops. Have the cops escort them off your property. Then no one will show up at your door. Me personally, I dealt with JV witness like this. I went to used book stores and metaphysical stores bought Tarot cards UFOs books etc. And called up the JV invited them over for a lecture. I wanted to talk about UFOs and stuff showed them pics books posters. And I also invited a local UFO expect over as well. No one shows up at my home anymore. They stay away. JVs are live in terror of UFO nutties big time!!! fixed the problem.

tanyainmizzou
by on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM
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I think the same thing about parents who have their kids holding signs at protests and rallies.
OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM
They tick me off too. One time they came knocking in my door on Christmas Day when I had a house full of people. I am continuously saying "No thank you, please don't come here again" to no avail.
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jobseeker
by Bronze Member on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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 I used to work with a woman who was raised in a JW household.  Her mom brought her along on these excursions until a man answered the door buck naked.  After that she cried and her mom stopped making her go.  After a while her mom stopped going.   After a couple of years they returned to the church of her mother's youth.  God works in mysterious ways..

romalove
by Roma on Mar. 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM
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Quoting Trudestevens:

put up a no trespass sign up with your local codes for trespassing with another sign stating no pandering religious non religious. Then when they come back again call up cops. Have the cops escort them off your property. Then no one will show up at your door. Me personally, I dealt with JV witness like this. I went to used book stores and metaphysical stores bought Tarot cards UFOs books etc. And called up the JV invited them over for a lecture. I wanted to talk about UFOs and stuff showed them pics books posters. And I also invited a local UFO expect over as well. No one shows up at my home anymore. They stay away. JVs are live in terror of UFO nutties big time!!! fixed the problem.

When the adults come I either don't answer or, if I'm near the door anyway, will tell them "no thank you" and they generally go away.  I "get" that they think this is what God called them to do, even though I think it's nervy.  I think I have the choice of responding or not.

But to bring kids into it.....we answer kids at the door, thinking they are selling cookies or school fundraisers, etc.  The sneakiness of this approach, and bringing kids into something that they should have no part of, appalls me.

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