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Meditation 245
The No-Fun Religion

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Deamond, one of my occasional agnostic correspondents, sent me a link to JW Files: Research on Jehovah's Witnesses. It's an interesting site with a lot of information on the Jehovah's Witnesses, including a sorry history of their numerous failed predictions for Armagedden - starting in the late 1700s, and now expected in 2034.

One section provides an extended list of things JWs cannot do. Some examples of what is forbidden:

  • Celebrate Mothers' Day or Fathers' Day
  • Celebrate birthdays
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, or New Years
  • Join Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts
  • Attend Class Reunions
  • Become a Cheerleader
  • Participate in sports
  • Celebrate National holidays, or salute the flag
  • Tell ghost stories
  • Attend a wedding in another church
  • Eat Lucky Charms cereal

Go down the full list, and you find that practically anything that's fun is banned.

So I think I know why they persist in knocking on my door. Harrassing non-believers is the only amusement they are allowed in life.