Should Jehovah witnesses carry id cards?

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@xboxboy (5578)
October 26, 2007 5:12pm CST
In this day and age where everyone that visits your house has to show id before entry, police, gasman meterman, why is it that we do not ask jehovahs for id? or do you? perhaps it is where i come from that we take them in 'good' faith. do you ask the jehovahs for proof of id? do you think we should?
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@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
26 Oct 07
I tell them that they should find a real religion, not something made up in the last 200 years. When they can speak English anyway. The roomie just tells them to "go the H#$%^ away!"
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@xboxboy (5578)
26 Oct 07
i think that may be the best answer yet! my uncle Alfred keeps a veil of sarcastic acid that he throws in thier faces. as they scream in pain as it bubbles in thier faces he calmly claims it was holy water. i think he tells me porkys!
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• United States
27 Oct 07
Maybe here in Arizona we have gotten very used to the missionaries from various religions coming to the door, so it's really not that big of a deal. I don't think we should be rude to them, though. That makes the person answering the door look bad in my opinion.
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@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Oh, blue, I'm quite polite when I tell them that their religion was invented so recently. I do try to get to the door instead of my roomie, because I don't care to have the house shake when she slams the door after them. But immagine, if you will, I'm standing there with a small kitten in my hand & this IDIOT is trying to "share a gospel" with me. I'm saying "now is not a good time" and she's saying "let me just hand you this paper." Is she really that stupid? Can't she see that my hands are already full? I need one hand to shut & lock the door again, I've got a squirming kitten in the other hand, where am I going to put that darn "Lighthouse"?
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Wow I havent seen jehovah witnesses in years. I dont think they are aloud to go door to door anymore where Im at. Im so glad about that too. But yes they should carry some kind of ID. To be honest I cant stand those people.
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
i suffer from them every week! boy, do they not take a hint!
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• United States
3 Apr 16
Jehovah's Witnesses are in every state of the U.S. Look in your telephone book for their Kingdom Halls. They are allowed to go from door to door. It's guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States as well as the 240 other countries in which they go from door to door. There are over 8 million Jehovah's Witnesses around the world in over 110,000 congregations. I don't know where you live, but there's probably a Kingdom Hall near you.
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@drannhh (15210)
• United States
7 Apr 16
@IreneVincent Nobody regardless of purpose is allowed to go door to door in the part of the US where I live, which is a gated community on private property. Freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression do not guaranty the right for someone to enter someone else's private property. That is trespassing and against the law.
• United States
27 Oct 07
They should just not go door to door period.
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
to true!!
• United States
3 Apr 16
Going from door to door is what Jesus and his disciples did, preaching about the Kingdom of God. That's EXACTLY what Jehovah's Witnesses are doing. Christians are supposed to be FOOTSTEP FOLLOWERS of Jesus. That means to walk in his footsteps and DO what HE did.
@nic24uk (571)
27 Oct 07
i never let them in anyway there so anoying. there religion is silly how can you not celebrate christmas and birthdays? weird if you ask me lol
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@nic24uk (571)
27 Oct 07
haha just after i posted this two jehovah's knocked on my door with a daft booklet how strange lol
• United States
27 Oct 07
Oh oh, maybe it's a sign from God. I'm kidding, totally kidding!
@nic24uk (571)
27 Oct 07
lol
@drannhh (15210)
• United States
27 Oct 07
Nobody visits my house without an appointment. Proof of ID wouldn't prove anything to me because the people could be impersonating JW's and carrying fake ID. We just don't open the door. When I was in about 3rd grade and we lived on a farm way out in the country, though, nobody locked their doors or anything because it was before crime had yet oozed out of the cities. So, one day some old ladies came around and of course even then we were taught not to speak to strangers, but this grandmotherly looking gal comes up to me and asks, "Have you been washed in the blood of the lamb?" Well, grandpa was a sheep farmer and did his own slaughtering, so needless to say I screamed and ran for my mum.
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@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
ohhh! i have just pictured anthony hopkins as hannibal lecture talking about the silence of the lambs at my front door with a copy of watchtower and a rather attractive black suit!
@drannhh (15210)
• United States
27 Oct 07
This is the first time I have ever seen anyone make such a delicious pun on Hannibal Lecter's name, and if anyone were to be allowed to lecture at my door it would be him, but I tell you that old woman was much scarier. Just as Beowulf's mum was the more awesome of monsters, this woman who came proselytizing near our country home could have been Hannibal's mum. Ah, but she was no match for MY mum. Shhlurp!
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
i sit corrected!
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• United States
27 Oct 07
(I think that any one that goes door to door should have a police Id, the police would verify that they are who they say that they are. Then they people should have the IDs hung or pinned on then so that you could see it and then be able to call the police to verify that they are who they say that they are. If they are legitimate than they would not mind this inconvenience but if they are not legitimate then that would scare them off.
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@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
you are bang on!
• United States
4 Apr 16
So the mailman, the UPS driver, the FedEx driver, the Diamond Springs Water deliverer, those who deliver furniture, the meter reader and the cable guy, should all have police IDs. Really?
• United States
4 Apr 16
@IreneVincent When I worked for the city of Marlboro Ma. we all had to have ID badges because there were people trying to get into houses saying that they were employees of the city. Anyone that is legally entitled to go into a house should have no problem with having an ID.
@blueunicorn (2409)
• United States
26 Oct 07
I don't think that the Jehovah's witness should be forced to carry IDs. Unlike a policeman, fireman, etc. there is no need for a Jehovah's witness to enter your house unexpectedly. If you are interested in what they have to say you could step outside on your front porch. After forming a relationship with them you could invite them in if you felt comfortable. You wouldn't ask for an ID from your new neighbor who comes by to introduce themselves, would you? I feel it is the same concept. Maybe my perception is off because I'm tired of being worried all the time and want to get back to more of the "good old days". I don't think everyone that comes to the door is a threat, though.
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@xboxboy (5578)
26 Oct 07
i understand what you are saying, sadly for the conmen of this world it would be only to easy to bluff the talk and gain access. i hope i am wrong!
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• United States
27 Oct 07
I totally understand your point, and I do understand that there are con men out there. That is very sad to me. I guess I just don't want to believe that everyone coming to my door is a con man. I'd never answer my door again! LOL
• United States
3 Apr 16
@xboxboy If you want to know if the person is one of Jehovah's Witnesses, ask them what congregation they attend, and what circuit they are in. Con men don't know the answer to those questions.
• United States
26 Oct 07
Hi X, If I answered the door when they ring the bell, I just might. But since I dont even bother with opening the door, no reason too. lol I do think that would be a really good idea. Although the ID they produce could have false information on it. In this day and age, people use religion as a means of faith or trust that what they are saying is true. So, sadly, you really arent able to trust anything anyone says. Bay xx
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• United States
26 Oct 07
I dont let anyone in my house that I dont know or who doesnt have id on them. So maybe they should carry id cards, but I still probably would not let a total stranger in to my home, it is too easy to fake those things
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@xboxboy (5578)
26 Oct 07
yeah, and what an easy thing to fake, especially as they go in pairs!
@raychill (6530)
• United States
26 Oct 07
most people don't let them inside. So what would be the point in asking for id?
@xboxboy (5578)
26 Oct 07
i guess i am more concerned for the elderly who might seek the company. and that would be perfect pray for the conmen of this world. but yeah, i get where your coming from with the 'most folk don't let them in' comment!
@raychill (6530)
• United States
26 Oct 07
I don't think I've ever actually known anyone who had a jehovah's witness come to their door, yet alone ask them to come in.
• United States
27 Oct 07
Oh, we get them at our door at least once per month in the nicer weather. And we get the Mormon missionaries. I have enjoyed my talks with both, even though I don't believe in organized religion.
@Stiletto (4584)
27 Oct 07
Well I don't usually invite them in so it doesn't really matter. If I was inclined to ask them in I wouldn't think of asking them for ID - I assume if they are carrying a Watchtower that's proof enough lol! Actually I think they have maybe changed their policy on these things anyway - the ones that come to my door nowadays just want me to take a copy of the magazine and promise to read it. They don't really try to convert me anymore so there's no need for them to come inside.
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
you have the right outlook. Have you changed the colour of your sexy stiletto?
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@Stiletto (4584)
27 Oct 07
indeed I have.
• United States
4 Apr 16
Jehovah's Witnesses are not trying to "convert" you, they are bringing to you an important message about God's kingdom. A person converts himself. No one can convert another person. Matthew 24:14 says: "And this good news (gospel) of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth, for a witness and then the end will come." There are over 8 million Jehovah's Witnesses in over 240 countries of the earth in over 110,000 congregations and they are ALL going from door to door in whatever country they live, telling people about the kingdom of God and giving a witness about God and what HE plans to do in the near future. Read about some of their experiences at They publish literature in over 700 different languages so that all people can hear this message about the kingdom. People PRAY for this "kingdom to come, and for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven," when they pray the Lord's Prayer. But, most of these people, don't realize that that's what they are praying for and that Jehovah's Witnesses are bringing this message to their door, just like Jesus and his disciples did. Jesus said that "before him shall be gathered all nations and he shall separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats." Matthew 25:32-46 shows that how persons treat his disciples is important.
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Our official website provides online access to the Bible, Bible-based publications, and current news. It describes our beliefs and organization.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
27 Oct 07
What a Great Idea! Its one that I must try next time a couple of Jehovas come to my door. Thanks for that! Have a nice day!
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
if they have id, ask for proof of jehovah. that should keep them at the door for a while!
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• United States
3 Apr 16
@xboxboy Do you know who Jehovah is? If not, you better find out before it's too late.
• United States
4 Apr 16
Do you know who Jehovah is? Psalms 83:18
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
27 Oct 07
really they might need to . butFor some reason I can spot them a mile away . just the way they dress carry a satchel and going door to door . . They have caught me on the ourside I talk to them there never did let one of them into my house and I would be sort of polite and listen to what they say . But they like Morman missonaries you can spot them for what they are
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
you are a ray of light. thanks for that.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Oct 07
thanks and your welcome
• United States
4 Apr 16
And what are they? They dress modestly and professionally and they are polite and serious. They use their own cars and pay for their own gasoline and do not get paid for going from door to door. They are busy people, who work and raise families, but who still devote some of their time to go out and talk to people about God's kingdom. Why do they do that? Because Jesus commanded his disciples to do that at Matthew 28:19, 20 but also because they CARE about what is going to happen to persons who ignore what the Bible says. They encourage persons to READ their own Bible and learn what God has to say about the "last days." Do you think its easy to do this ministry that they do? Could you do it? Would you do it? Do you think its important to follow Jesus' commandments.
@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
26 Oct 07
Only people or person who I know or recognized them can enter my main entrance gate, xboxboy. Nowadays anybody can be anyone. And your inverted comma for 'good', really put many question marks on me...LOL!. To answer your question, I must ask for their ID and just matter-of-fact it is a procedure for stranger before making entry to any private property. Religious people should know this better than me, because religion is procedure and practice. Do you agree with my answer, my dear xboxboy?
@xboxboy (5578)
26 Oct 07
you are spot on goodsign. sometimes i feel they use thier religion to gain entry by guilt association. best just to buy a lion for such occassions!
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
26 Oct 07
oh my....LOL!!!
• United States
4 Apr 16
@xboxboy Guilty about what? Jehovah's Witnesses are doing what Jesus told ALL his followers to do. Matthew 28:19, 20 They have no reason to feel guilty about what they are doing.
@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
27 Oct 07
The Jehovah Witnesses in this neighborhood are little old ladies. It is the Mormons that I think should be required to carry ids. Whenever any such people show up here, including political canvasers, I step out on the porch to talk to them. Which is polite compared to the wife's reaction, she tells them that she is a witch and doesn't want any of the hoo-e that they are selling.
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
we do not have mormons in my town. and i can assure you the JW are not little old ladies!! i think im falling in love with your wife's attitude!! (no, i will not barter for her!)
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• United States
3 Apr 16
@xboxboy Jehovah's Witnesses are all ages and both men and women. There are over 8 million Jehovah's Witnesses in the world, in over 240 different countries and over 110,000 congregations. About 250,000 are baptized around the world every year.
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
27 Oct 07
I do not ask them for anything and wish that they would stop coming to my door to offer anything. There is a certain way to do things and their way does not work for me.
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
i totally agree!
• United States
4 Apr 16
Jehovah's Witnesses use the same WAY that Jesus and his disciples used. So, I guess you don't like Jesus' WAY. Acts 20:20 Going from house to house.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
26 Oct 07
That is a good point...but I also agree it would be easy to fake an ID. I've only had them visit once and I really didn't even give it a thought, "good faith" just like you said. I suppose if their ID card had contact information for the church they were associated with it would be harder...but not impossible...to fake. I hate to think we've gotten to the point where we would need ID for everyone at the door but it is probably a good idea. I worry about these people that go door to door though...even if they carried ID cards so others would know who they were, there is no way for them to know who is on the other side of that door they're knocking on.
@xboxboy (5578)
26 Oct 07
yeah, it is scary for the elderly. i would love to hear from a jehovah on this one!
• United States
4 Apr 16
@xboxboy Do you even know who Jehovah is? Psalms 82:18 says "That men may know that you, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, are the most high over all the earth." Jehovah is the Almighty God's name. Do some research. Jehovah's witnesses, witness for HIM, by going from door to door, just like Jesus and his disciples did. Acts 20:20 You don't read the Bible, do you?
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
27 Oct 07
I think they should stop going door to door. What is going to happen when they walk into the house of a psycho who kills them? They don't come in my house and I don't go into strangers houses. Id might make it easier to identify their bodies.
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
apparently the psycho was a perfectly normal person until they had to sit and listen to this shite for 2 hrs! just kiddin'!
@Ministry (70)
• Norway
27 Oct 07
I ask them to leave, and if they don't, I just shut the door :p They should have giant signs so I could spot them from a distance, then I wouldn't bother with opening the door.
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
i think if you print up some 'merry xmas' t-shirts and refuse to speak to them unless they wear it, that would work!
@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
27 Oct 07
Absolutly they should. And I dont mean the one where they have a name and organization. And everyone that comes knocking on your door (apart from neighbours and friends and family) should have an id card visable to you. Well that is my opinion.
@xboxboy (5578)
27 Oct 07
you are right! safety for the elderly!