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Jehovah’s Witnesses & Mandatory Ignorance

October 13, 2009

I like when Jehovah’s Witnesses come to my door.  They’re always super-friendly, and when I offer them a place to sit and food, they never take it.  They are typically pleasant in conversation, and if I ask a question they’re unable to answer, they offer to look it up or bring me official literature on the subject.

The last time this happened, I wound up with a gnarly hardcover book about evolution’s wrongness.  Of course, the book’s characterization of evolution could have been written by a bona fide moron.  The  first anti-evolution religion that properly characterizes evolution in its polemic  may immediately win me as a convert.  Just putting that out there.

As it happens, evolution isn’t the only subject the Jehovah’s Witnesses find threatening. The list below appeared in Watchtower, the JWs’ official publication; check out the second point:

Ding-dong.  Moron calling.

Correction: This image stolen wholesale from Pharyngula, not Dispatches from the Culture Wars as I previously said.  I am stupid.  They’re both great blogs, though.

Update: Not content to take the picture at face value, I decided to see what the Watchtower website had to say about education.  It’s cagey.  Rather than saying “don’t go to college,” their position seems to be “why go to college when the only real teacher is Jesus?”  That way, they can play dumb about instilling the time-honored value of ignorance.  Way to go, assholes.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    October 13, 2009 9:23 am

    Someone dared me to smoke a cigarette once. I said, “you double-dog dare me?” He said, “I triple-dog dare you.”

    All the kids around us peed in their pants.

    • Barry permalink*
      October 13, 2009 9:49 am

      Did you go to college on a dare, too?

  2. David permalink
    October 13, 2009 10:00 am

    Your Mom goes to college.

    • Barry permalink*
      October 13, 2009 10:03 am

      She did, but she has long since graduated and earned her M.A.

  3. Greg permalink
    October 13, 2009 3:52 pm

    The fliers & handouts have the best drawings of what the end of the world will look like. Also, they claim that old people will become young again after death, but then they show grandparents hugging their grandkid who was walking away from her wheelchair. ??

  4. korbie permalink
    October 13, 2009 10:45 pm

    My thoughts would’ve been, “Hey! Free book!” Some nice kindling for the fireplace.

    Probably entertaining as well. Funnier than a barrel full of monkeys.

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