Yesterday, I had a conversation with my neighbor during which I explained the greatest reason why I wanted to raise my kids out of the JWs: The fear (which translate to hate) JWs have for everyone showing no interest in becoming part of their group.
In order for him to quickly relate to what I meant I asked him to imagine, for a moment, he was the biggest racist he has ever known, forced to live in a black neighborhood. How would you feel? You'd look out your window and feel threaten by everyone out there. You'd find reasons to hate everything they are, all the while second guessing everything they do. You'd live in fear. Stepping outside your house, a neighbor would wave at you, you'd be polite, wave back and once in your car (or back in your house), you'd feel relieved and analyse what just happened, wondering if any of it actually represent a threat to you.
This is how JWs, to a large extent, feel about others who show no interest in their religion. They see them as people that God hates so intensely that he will murder them, their wives and kids and perhaps even their pets in the process. Why waist precious time with people who, by being who they are, represent a threat to your salvation?
I did not want my kids to grow up with such an attitude towards others based on religious affiliations. This type of attitude makes no sense based on race, sexual orientation, or gender. Why would it make sense based on personal religious beliefs?