Why You Shouldn't care about
offending Jehovah's Witnesses
[partial quote, please read the whole article with pictures]
Posted by author Kyria Abrahams
05.14.12 11:00 am
About a month ago, the New York Public School System released (and then quickly backpedaled on a list of words they would like banned from standardized tests.
To recap what you probably already know, the list included 50 potentially upsetting or offensive terms such as birthday, dinosaurs, dancing, pepperoni, and swimming pools.
The thinking was this: Words such as “birthday” or “Christmas” should be banned because they might upset Jehovah’s Witnesses who don’t celebrate. The same held true with swimming pools (because not every child has one) and dinosaurs (because they make Jesus cry) and dancing (which is made of rape). They also banned the word Schadenfreude because—little-known fact—it is actually pronounced “Jewfro.”
However, having been raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, I can tell you that the only thing I ever found offensive about the word “birthday” was that I could not have one. In fact, glancing at the word “birthday” on a standardized test actually was the extent of my birthday party. Looks like it’s just you and me, math test. And thus ended the best day of my childhood.
Here’s the part you didn’t know: Fundamentalists actually want to be offended. I know this sounds counterintuitive—what religion wouldn’t want to be respected, after all? In reality, it’s part of their culture to be seen as martyrs. Jehovah’s Witnesses have absolutely no interest in fitting in or being understood or, god forbid, having people be sensitive to them. They refer to themselves as “no part of the world” and everyone else as “worldly.”
To illustrate the JW’s martyr complex, here’s the cover of a monthly Jehovah’s Witness publication called Awake! This particular issue’s title is: “Youths Who Put God First.”
Read the rest (see link above)