I find increasingly more difficult to be polite with JWs,
as they are now always dragging young children
with them. Also I hear more and more stories of their
children dying of diabetes and other rutinely
curable ailments - though I think there
were a few prosecutions now in the US.
Also, so far they've got all dates for the End
wrong - how can they go on with it?
Religion is a type of self-hypnosis, that can be
theraputic (sp?) for some ... but a waste of energy and loss
of critical faculties, or at worst, bigottry and wars
> At 01:13 PM 5/2/97 -0700, Gabor Fencsik wrote:
> >As I said, they don't go door-to-door around here. The Jehovah's
> >witnesses do. When they show up, we have a very short conversation, to
> >which I contribute exactly six words: "Thank you, I am not interested."
> >I recommend smiling while you say that.
> I am a real coward when it comes to such encounters. My very first
> one was in Canada about two years after my arrival and I thought that the
> best way out of the situation was to claim that my English was too poor.
> (Well, it was poor but not so poor that I couldn't understand their stuff.).
> However, it was no good. The next question was: "What is your mother
> tongue?" I said that it was Hungarian, hoping that that would be the end of
> it. But no, they smiled and they assured me that they have the Hungarian
> version and they will return! And they did!!
> Nowadays I get Jehovah's witnesses rather frequently. Always two
> women: one white and one black but not necessarily the same ones. They start
> telling me their story, pull out the last issue of Watch Tower. I keep
> smiling and nodding when they tell me about how relevant the Bible is to the
> modern world. And they give me the Watch Tower or some other publication. I
> thank them and they leave. Sometime they return and ask whether I read the
> Watch Tower or not. I tell that that yes I did and it was very interesting.
> I simply don't have the heart to tell them to get lost. They look so earnest.
> And that reminds me of what was going on in 1956/57. After arriving
> in Austria we were most surprised to find out that suddenly religion was an
> important consideration. It made a huge difference whether you were a
> Catholic, a Protestant, or a Jew because most of the charities were
> organized through church organizations. This could be a real nuisance. For
> example, a group of us, who were eventually tired of "waiting for Godot" in
> the Austrian Alps decided to travel to Vienna and expedite matters, were
> sent to several different organizations to get the money for the train
> tickets!! Of course, this system was open for abuse. The word spread in
> Vienna: the Lutherans are giving away this or that. Suddenly a lot of people
> became Lutherans.
> In any case, after arriving in Canada, the churches started
> pestering you. If the Catholic priest phoned, I was Hungarian Reformed
> (which I was) but when the Hungarian Reformed minister phoned suddenly I
> became a Catholic. That system worked very nicely. ESB
> >Well, when people commit crimes in the name of what-you-have, it is
> >not necessarly the fault of the people starting with what-you-have
> >back in old days...
> I fully agree with this and your previous posting. Agnes
Hello Agnes, you4ve been silent for a while.
In article >, Ferenc Novak
>What's the use of this type of personal attack? Others might argue that
>Stowe might actually be better but for the foreign sound of it.
Frank, where the hell have you been? Parole board accepting bribes again?
S.Stowe was refering to this earlier post:
>In article >,
>Peter Stefanics > writes:
>>I guess claiming that Janos is a stupid and unimaginative liar doesn't
>>quite belong in a rational argument.
>>Peter Stefanics "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious
people. It is wholly inadequate for the government
>>(413-597-6723) any other." - John Adams, 1798
>> "When rap is inevitable, lie back and enjoy it."
What is this ? I did not get this earlier letter from P.Stefanics. Furthermore
I checked all the last seven Hungary issues, and I could not find any trace of
these posts. What is going on here?