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Dottie39 Tue 04-Jul-17 20:15:34

They knocked on the door and tried to hand me their magazine. I politely declined, meanwhile my little boy and girl, both under six, have ran to door. JW turns to them and offers them the magazine. I sharply say "No, I have said no" and shut the door. Apparently he told my neighbour I was rude (Neighbour is also JW)
Was I rude? I was actually angry that after saying no he targeted my children, but my neighbour made me feel bad saying he was being friendly and kids wouldn't have understood the magazine anyway.

Peaches44 Tue 04-Jul-17 20:20:04

The magazines are pretty harmless.

I get where you are coming from but they generally believe they know the 'truth' and want to save people. Its coming from a good place and I think you probably did come across a bit rude.

Aquamarine1029 Tue 04-Jul-17 20:21:05

You were not rude. He was totally out of line in approaching your children after you said no. You have absolutely nothing to feel bad about or apologize for. I think it's horrid for people to show up uninvited at your door only to push their religion on you.

Justhadmyhaircut Tue 04-Jul-17 20:21:25

Given the fact your dc - (if they can read) - wouldn't have been brainwashed just from touching the magazine I feel you were a bit ott.

youaredeluded Tue 04-Jul-17 20:21:41

How dare they try and indoctrinate your children. I would have been much ruder that you. I can't stand religious nutbars though and have zero tolerance for God bothers and their bullshit.

Questioningeverything Tue 04-Jul-17 20:21:51

No I don't think you did anything wrong at all.

Wolfiefan Tue 04-Jul-17 20:23:05

You said no. They pushed it.
I once had a JW stick their foot in the door and stop me closing it. I was livin at home with my parents. I was a child. It scared me.

Tumilnaughts Tue 04-Jul-17 20:23:38

My mother once told them we worshiped Satan in our house and then slammed the door in their faces. That's rude. confused
I don't think you were being rude, they should not have been targeting your children after you had already declined. I would have done the same tbh.

totorosfluffytummy Tue 04-Jul-17 20:23:45

No you were not rude, you stopped a stranger giving something to your child. I would have done the same.

MargoChanning Tue 04-Jul-17 20:24:33

You were not rude. You had politely declined and they then tried to make contact with your children. They were rude to do this and even ruder to critcise you to your neighbour.

jillyjollyjojo Tue 04-Jul-17 20:25:42

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MuffinMaiden Tue 04-Jul-17 20:26:19

I don't think there's anything wrong with what you did. They were being pushy and rude. I'd have done worse, and have to the bloody mormons around these parts!

CockacidalManiac Tue 04-Jul-17 20:26:50

I get where you are coming from but they generally believe they know the 'truth' and want to save people. Its coming from a good place and I think you probably did come across a bit rude.

Fuck that for a game of soldiers. A cult (because that's what they are) knocks on your door, uninvited? It sounds to me that you were polite enough.

MargoChanning Tue 04-Jul-17 20:28:17

And they are not coming from a good place. Have a read of this story about their stance on gay marriage and parenting.

CockacidalManiac Tue 04-Jul-17 20:29:08

Plus the way they treat anyone that wises up and wishes to leave, of course.

AssassinatedBeauty Tue 04-Jul-17 20:29:25

You were polite, firm, but polite. You didn't tell them to fuck off or similar. They didn't listen to your request and attempted to bypass you and use your children to achieve their aim, which was rude of them imo. If you knock unsolicited on someone's door then people will say no. It's not a big deal.

RibenaMonsoon Tue 04-Jul-17 20:30:13

Someone once told me that if you tell a JW that you used to be one yourself but arent anymore, by their laws they can't talk to you.

Might be utter crap but I've yet to test it out as I haven't had them knocking at my door.

You weren't rude. Don't worry about it.

Supersoaryflappypigeon Tue 04-Jul-17 20:38:37

Ribena I don't think that's far from the truth. My sister dated a JW for a time and when his family found out they disowned him completely (until they broke up and he rejoined). They actually had 2 members of their church approach dsis and exbf while out and about to take his "no blood" card from him.

jillyjollyjojo Tue 04-Jul-17 20:52:49

Ribena - yes it is right. If they are 'disfellowshiped' ie. booted out for doing non JW stuff then other JWs are not allowed to talk to them.

I had never thought of doing this before... its a great idea. Invite them in, get them to sit down and then say 'I am disfellowshiped' oh the fun it could bring. Having said that I could NOT have any of them in my house. It would feel tainted

Louiselouie0890 Tue 04-Jul-17 21:00:50

Yanbu. Forcing it onto your family. I seen them creeping around the other day went and hid in the kitchen next thing I know DS is saying hello through the bloody letterbox lol I went and got him I really couldn't be bothered with them they seen me but I still didn't answer.

kalinkafoxtrot45 Tue 04-Jul-17 21:03:57

No, you were not rude, he was bloody well out of line to approach your kids after you'd said no.

Coughingchildren5 Tue 04-Jul-17 21:06:03


Dottie39 Tue 04-Jul-17 21:08:13

Sorry was my thread keeping you up?

Bumdishcloths Tue 04-Jul-17 21:09:31

Definitely not rude - them attempting to persuade your child after your first refusal is what was rude.

themueslicamel Tue 04-Jul-17 21:12:54

I had some knock once, told them I'd love to speak, but was off for a lifesaving blood transfusion.

That got rid of the brainwashed fucknuts, I fucking hate religion.

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