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cathy


Thank you for that

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Jehovah's came by for a visit this morning. As the 80-something women handed me their pamphlet, I looked at the cover and spontaneously said "oh, then you won't be coming round anymore then!" The one lady smiled, but the other looked stern, getting my point, and ushered the other away. I didn't even get a chance to see if they would like a cup of coffee or tea. I would have liked to have shared some recent reading on the Shambhala I had done. I consider myself to be a very open-minded person when it comes to religion. But please don't preach on my front doorsteps. It just looks pathetic. But thank you for trying to save me anyway.

  1. Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said:

    I once had a friend who belonged to that religion. She would tell me of some of the things that are expected of her. Such as, if she see's anyone from thier church outside in the world doing something that they are not to do such as smoke or drink, she is expected to tell on them to the church. Then the offerender will be shuned for a period of time where no one is allowed to talk to them.

    She also said they are not allowed to give or recieve blood. If they have surgery they can only have plasma. Which I thought is made from blood.

    I could go on an on but why bother.

  1. Blogger LZ Blogger said:

    Funny response... sounds like something I might say! ~ jb///

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Day;
    I have heard similar things; religion can make some people do and belive some strange things.

    lz;
    Thanks for stopping by. I can usually hold my tongue, but this one was way too ironic and perfect..

  1. Blogger holy chaos said:

    your comment made me laugh!

  1. Blogger Dan said:

    I agree completely. There's something about door-to-door salespeople that is just so unseemly. I feel the same way about political candidates -- the Democrats and Republicans are always ringing my doorbell. Ugh!

    By the way, you and I have the same camera! I love mine!

  1. Blogger [eric] said:

    I would have invited them in, even though I wouldn't have had any intention of allowing myself to be converted. Ever since I was small, I've had a strange fascination with the inner workings of religions, the dogma and all that, despite that I am irreligious myself. I guess I just can't understand how a few beliefs that started so simple can become so complicated over the ages.

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    So now they bring 80 year old women to help them advertise their religion? For a while it was children! Love what you said to them!! hehe I respect all religions but DON'T come preach to me at my door, like you I detest that!!!!

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    lol I think when you have the time and the patience and you want to start talking to them and debating important issues...it gets really interesting!
    It's been a long time since the Jeovahs came to my place. Does no one want to save me anymore? Am I beyond salvation? lol

  1. Blogger Greg Mills said:

    i've always wished (okay, always, just since I started caring about such things) that I was one of those people who had the presence of mind to ACTIVELY MESS with these people's head. Mostly I just act grumpy. But just once, I'd like to invite them in for tea and get all rhapsodasical about the recent hamster sacrifice we hosted..."And his little head bounced off the floor and landed right where you're sitting."

  1. Anonymous Ray Tamm said:

    The comment about "preaching on someone's doorstep seems pathetic" is an interesting comment to me.

    First century Christians, the Apostle Paul, and Jesus himself preached in this manner (Acts 20:20), and some back in that time may have felt they were "pathetic" too.

    They were just trying to do God's will though, weren't they?

  1. Blogger Trundling Grunt said:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  1. Anonymous poet said:

    when my parents and i moved to rural nb in 1978, our home was right next door to a 'kingdom hall'.we made friends with the couple who lived in the apartment below the meeting hall, and they never bothered us. usually, when they did go a canvassing, they would usually do it during the coldest winter day, when it was snowing, and have at least one little child who looked like they were frozen.
    a girl i went to high school with said her father had played a great gag on a few JWs. invited them in for tea, and then got his daughter to get him a beer, open it for him, and just taste it to make sure it was ok (she was in gr.11.), then they all lit up cigarettes and the JWs, frozen child in tow, left.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Holychaos;
    It was what I really thought, initially!

    Dan;
    My house is my domain, and like you, please don't come to my doorbell trying to persuade me to do anything; be a particular religion, a political party, buy a cake of soap....

    And yes, I do love my camera; it can hardly take a bad picture.

    Eric;
    The fact that wars are fought over religious beliefs is enough to turn many people off.

    Pea;
    They were at least 80! And today was a miserable cold and windy day.

    Devil;
    Next time they come by, I will tell them to hop on a plane to Portugal. Just for you; air mail.

    Greg;
    So tempting....I'm sure some one's done things like this.

    Hello Ray;
    Shame you don't allow me to come and reciprocate my comments on your site. Shame we also don't live in Biblical times any more. Did they have doorbells in 14 BC? If someone feels the need to persuade me of anything by stopping by on my doorstep in the 21st century, then something is terribly wrong. Maybe they should start a blog and then the converts can flock of their own free will...unfortunately I did not have the choice to be rudely interrupted in the middle of my work and family.

    Grunt ;)

    Poet;
    So fun to play with peoples' minds. I have yet to have them come with children in tow. I would be angry if I saw that.

  1. Anonymous maureen123@cox.net said:

    Years ago, I let a couple of Jehovah's Witnesses in, and grilled them about their beliefs for probably an hour. (Not celebrating holidays, not saluting the flag, etc.) Several of my friends were at my place, watching football, and found the conversation so interesting, that they left the TV to listen to me antagonize the Witnesses. Everyone was so pleased with me, because they felt I'd won the debate. Ten years later, I studied with the Witnesses for approximately ten more years, now I am a Witness and try to find those who might be open-minded enough to listen, eventually.

  1. Blogger christina said:

    I think the JW's have put us on their "once every two years" schedule (they're required to keep a log of who they visit, how often, what the response was and in what intervals they're going to come back, if at all) because last time two little old ladies rang the doorbell we had a rather interesting conversation about just exactly what it was they though they were doing and why they were disturbing me on my private property. I don't think they were quite clear on it themselves, poor things.:-)

  1. Blogger (Ni)mo.Ni said:

    Once I prank called the local JW church. I broke into giggles midway, and hung up.

    (Not proud of it..but it was a dare, and I was young enough to never turn down a dare.)

    my mom gets mad (not annoyed. mad)when people come round preaching their religions, but i dont understand why. it's something they bleev in..

    just humour them, take the pamphlet, and close the door before the preaching begins.

  1. Blogger Scholiast said:

    That's an excellent comment :) The kind I'd only have thought off when they were miles away.. My dad's a (retired) minister, and when he was in church Sundays the Jehovah's would come round to our house to try and persuade his family otherwise. I found that kind of cute...

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Even if they are totally wrong you have to appreciate that they go out of their way even in bad weather from infant to elderly to reach as many as possible with what they believe to be life-saving information. How cruel to want to torment them or play jokes on them. If you do not wish to be bothered here's a novel idea. Don't answer your door.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Seeing as you have posted a photo of the pamphlet, I am sure Jehovah's Witnesses everywhere appreciate you helping to spread their message. Nothing like free publicity. :-)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Why do all the jehovah-lovers not have links back to their sites, where one can leave a reciprocal comment?
    Hmmm??

  1. Blogger HORIZON said:

    lol- on the comment- quick thinking and witty.

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