No, i highly doubt its a scam, I know they don't vote for religious purposes, (i know because my best friend is one) and if they dont want to, so what? why so much hate? :.\ (refering to all the comments not just you)
I've enjoyed reading this line of thought and the comments made but I don't think what JW's believe has been made clear. In one sense JW's believe that, much like a juror on a murder case who mistakenly sentences an innocent man to death, JW's bare a personal responsibility for whatever a person JW's elect might do. Even more important however is the deeply held conviction that the only answer to the myriad of problems we face is God. Jesus, when on earth was adamant before Pilate when he said "My Kingdom is no part of this world." When Jewish crowds tried to make him King, Jesus left. JW's truly believe that Christ is now enthroned in heaven at the "right hand of God" and that the promises in the Bible will come true. If God's Kingdom's will "will be done on earth as it is in heaven" , if, as Daniel 2:44 states, "It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms" - if they actually believe that - then thier focus would, necessarily, be on that promise as opposed to local politics, they would remain "no part of this world."
yes, trust me I know more about the doctrine than I have ever cared to. What troubles me is that a low class marginalized population that would most likely be democratic if they weren't being brainwashed, isn't voting.
True, but at the same time it's a very unique religious base because it is mostly minority and working class which could potentially mean liberal votes. Also, without being Jehovah's Witness they would definitely be voting liberal.
On the way to Indianapolis on Friday they handed our group their magazines at a rest stop, and I read them. It talked about religious things/parenting a teenager for a page or three and then had pages about polar bear deaths and sharks. What the hell?
I do think doctors do give transfusions against parental wishes for children. Well they do in the UK. When religion becomes more important than the life of your child then that's when insanity takes over.
No, they're the crazy people who take magazine propaganda to people's houses. You can tell the difference between them and Mormons by the lack of book in their breast pocket and that they drive cars instead of walk or bike.
Ooh me! I've seen this happen. They politely talked for about 10 minutes and after the JW left the Mormon said, "it was so hard not to say 'it's ok, we already know the truth.'" You have to remember they think they're being polite, upstanding, well-to-do citizens, both of them.
Hm, a Mormon, a Jehovah's Witness, and a Seventh Day Adventist walk into a bar...needs work.
Also, Mormons area almost always young white men in their late teens or early 20s, in dark pants, white dress shirts, and name tags identifying them with the title of "Elder". Jehovah's Witnesses are usually women and minorities as often as not.
They often flock together when not actively proselytizing. For many of them it's their first significant time away from home -- they always travel away from home for their missionary work -- and there's comfort in your own kind.
I think the isolationism and extreme viewpoints is scary enough without tacking conspiracy theories onto the end. As far as I know, the majority of JW's aren't below the poverty line. They just believe that being involved in human politics detracts from observing God's law.
I would disagree. I say a fair amount live below the poverty line and most of them are definitely lower class. Not even lower middle class, just lower class. This from personal experience, I've been to the three meetings a week.