Letters From Jehovah’s Witnesses

I’ll try to post something later. I’m super busy at the moment so I don’t have time for a regular article.

But I got a letter posted to my business partner, William, at our business address. It had handwriting on the envelope. I opened it to see if there was a check inside. There wasn’t.

But there was a handwritten letter. It was in rather bad cursive and I couldn’t easily read it. So I contacted Will and rather than come over, he had me read it to him, which I did with some effort.

Jehovah's Witnesses Letter

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Will figured it out long before I did. In fact, he might have known from the start. The letter says it is from one of his neighbors, Janell, and that if he is looking for meaning in this crazy world, he is in luck! It ends by mentioning that there is a website that will answer all the big questions like:

What is the purpose of life and many more answers [to] the questions that you can ask and search out. Something for everyone including cartoons for the little one. The website is J.W.Org [sic] and I hope you will take time to check it out.

It’s clear that this is a pre-written letter. So the Jehovah’s Witnesses are now limited in terms of going door-to-door. So they are having their members sit at home and hand-write these things. And they are apparently going to people in databases because I can’t imagine how else this letter would have found its way to our business address.

Will tells me this is nothing new. The church has people do this who can’t normally go door-to-door. So even if you are confined at home, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have a way for your to waste your time annoying the wider world!

Witnessing Is Nonsense

Many years ago, I read an article by Bible scholar Robert M Price about this idea that all Christians should be out witnessing to the rest of us. He argued that the books that make up the Bible were meant for the priest class. So when the Bible talks about witnessing, it means the priests, not the ordinary followers.

I think it is horrible that any group does this. And it is only because we are all extra gentle to religious people that we don’t meet them on the porch with our guns. What they are doing is not just useless; it is rude.

It also involves child abuse. They always use the “little ones” because they are great calling cards.

Truly, I say to you: any church that must depend upon indoctrinating children worships a false god.

The only thing that is good about the Jehovah’s Witnesses is that they don’t vote. I assure you, if they did, they would be all-in for Donald Trump.

6 thoughts on “Letters From Jehovah’s Witnesses

  1. Maybe JWs in America would be Trump types — maybe most of them anywhere would be right-wingers. They are very in favor of illogical submission to earthly blowhards who claim divine authority, much more so than Catholics, even.

    However, of the three Danish families I know, the JWs are the most liberal and least susceptible to anti-immigrant politics. Still, they don’t celebrate birthdays and are registered as refusing blood transfusions. For doctrinal reasons I was never quite able to get.

    Their English is outstanding, but not quite at the level of explaining obscure theological behavioural proscriptions… plus, whenever the subject came up, I’d say, “what about that collection of vintage whiskeys you have?” Really, the best of all worlds; them which gots a collection of vintage whiskeys (on a garage-door-installer’s salary!) gets to show them off, and after a little of that the subject of religion drifts away, and a shot of vintage whiskey generally runs about $50 while I get it for free. Everybody wins!

    • I have experiences with a small collection of JWs so my opinions are colored by that. I can see a lot of the beliefs appealing to liberals. The big problem is the way the church is organized and the total BS their people spout about how the church is totally non-professional and isn’t hierarchical and all that. But it doesn’t seem to be a particularly racist group. (It is incredibly sexist.) And I’m kind of on board with the not celebrating birthdays, although they take that stuff too far, I think. But among the people I know, their approach to the church is highly authoritarian.

      I mostly think that the people in the church are abused. You should be able to practice your faith without being forced to act like Amway salesmen.

      • Yes, it’s a little bit of an eternal-salvation pyramid scheme.

        The funny thing was, last time we went to Denmark, the JWs had set up a trip to Prague. (Lovely city, of course.) The wife chose the hotel, and was very proud during our drive there saying that she’d gotten the cleanest, most straight laced hotel in Prague. It was completely immediately obviously a fuck palace for Euroteens who enjoyed Czechoslovakia’s very loose liquor laws. I enjoyed watching it immensely, I went full Jane Goodall “observing the creatures” mode. The poor lady who booked it, a huge germaphobe, was absolutely horrified. Excellent breakfast buffet, though, she liked that.

        I do worry about how the religion affects their kid, but it’d be rude to ask, so I haven’t.

        • I definitely feel that people need to be left to themselves. But I can’t stop myself from feeling sorry for them. What passes for religion in the modern world is mindless. When I talk to JW, I find no interest or understanding of what I consider the questions religion is supposed to answer. It’s just, “The Bible tells me so.” But I think of it like AA: it’s not good and it doesn’t work in a general (stochastic) way. But if it works for them specifically, great.

        • I believe the JWs follow the Bible as much as any other Christian sect. In their early days, I think they were an interesting religion — people trying to decode the Bible and find Truth. Now, of course, it’s ossified into nothing but the perpetuation of dogma. I’m not personally religious but I think religion can be edifying. But most religions, the JWs included, offer nothing but authority. And that’s a great loss for their followers.

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