Witness My Kid
April 6, 2010 by admncc
When I was a kid, I remember Jehovah’s Witnesses coming to my house and my parents politely asking them to leave. Sometimes my mom would even act interested, take the material and then later throw it away – again, in a polite manner. Then as I got older, I remember my parents more sternly ordering the solicitors away. But even back then, part of me wanted to say, “Just don’t open the door.”
These days, as a homeowner, I typically don’t open my door for solicitors. If it’s cold outside and the door is closed, I can easily look through the window and see who is out there, etc. However, it’s when the weather is warm, and the screen door is in, that I sometimes have no choice but to go to the door, since they’ve seen me.
Now, particularly with Jehovah’s Witnesses, I usually ask them to leave and decline their pamphlets, for no reason other than I don’t want them. My feeling on religion is this: to each their own. So I have no problems with what they’re doing – I’m just not interested in their literature.
However, I’ve heard some horror stories over the years about people kicking the Witnesses off their porches, yelling at them and slamming their doors. I know it happens, which makes me glad that I don’t have to sell anything door-to-door.
Here’s what the Jehovah’s Witness is our area has started doing – he brings his kid with him to the door. So does he do it because he wants the kid to better understand what they are trying to accomplish? Or does he do it so people feel compelled to listen and not yell at him in front of a child? I used to think it was #1, but now I wonder if it’s #2. He knocked on my door the other day – I didn’t answer, but took his picture instead.