From a not particularly snide N.Y. Times story about the famously combative Andrew Breitbart, an anecdote from his wife at his funeral: “I came home one day to our first apartment to find a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” she wrote, “trying to wrap up the conversation and get out.”


dellbabe68 said...

Oh my God, this is sooo funny! lol.

(I have tried to engage them myself just to be nice and respectful, whilst explaining I was quite happy in my faith).

douglas said...

Ha! My Dad actually enjoyed talking to them, and debating them. Mom didn't really approve of this though, and he stopped doing it after a while.

MikeD said...

I always thank them for their kind concern, but assure them that I am well satisfied with the eternal disposition of my soul. They come back every other year or so, and it's always very sweet older ladies.

Texan99 said...

When I was an atheist, I put them off with the curt explanation that I never discussed religion with anyone I didn't know well. You'd think one of them might have come back with an argument about how eternal salvation was too important to let that kind of consideration get in the way, but in fact they always looked startled and left immediately.

Now I find them very sweet and wouldn't dream of being rude to them. Though I find the specifics of their theology quite incomprehensible, we seem to have enough common ground to make them happy with my situation, so they just chat for a bit and then move on.

bthun said...

"I find the specifics of their theology quite incomprehensible"

When they arrive at the Hun hovel to offer me a Watch Tower and salvation/membership, I politely refuse explaining that my Aunt and Uncle were JW's and know all I need to know of their religion from my relationship with the relatives. That and the despicable words those two relatives said to my sister and bro-in-law in their time of terrible grief after they lost a 4 year old son to cancer.

Didn't I recently mention something about taking forced marches across pastures in order to keep peace in the family?

Eric Blair said...

I had a couple of JW's show up once and start the conversation with "Do think God has abandoned mankind?" My response (not even thinking about it) was "How can a man know the mind of God?" to which the fellow had the good grace to reply "That's a very good question!" and went on his way. (After leaving a copy of the Watchtown, of course).

My wife once pretty much did the Breitbart thing to a couple of Mormons. That was funny.

Ymar Sakar said...

Most of the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons that visit me tend to run out of time to talk.

"Mr. Breitbart took in life in big gulps, but he spat out even bigger portions of bile. The day that Senator Edward M. Kennedy died, he called him “a special pile of human excrement” and tweeted, “Rest in Chappaquiddick.”"

Breitbart was far kinder than I ever would have been. Kennedy's blemish on the face of humanity is that he wasn't unique at all. There were plenty to replace his role as facilitator. Some, like Soros and Dodd, are still alive and kicking, working their own particular magic at corporations, profit making robber baron estates, and the MPAA.

Breitbart behaves much in conversation that I sense is familiar. While many might assume Breitbart harangues Witnesses or Mormons in order to chase them away, what he really did was simply research and gather information, the knowledge of the new millenium. I wouldn't have recommended dining with the snakes over at Ayers' mansion, including one Bernadine Dohr, but the end results speak for themselves.

Know your enemy and know yourself. It's shameful how many humans, on either side of the conflict, have never given two cells to rub together over that line.