There is this other message board I look at that has some good resources that helps me with my work. It has absolutely nothing to do with religion. An off topic question was asked about JW's. Here are some of the responses.
I really dislike it when t he JW knock at your door at 8:30am trying to spread their religion on us... I have NO problem with religion or what people want to practice but don't knock on my door asking to take some of my time to do it! JMO
My only experience with the JW is years ago when they showed up at our house. Ex grew up Catholic and went to Catholic school. He was fairly knowledgeable as far as the Bible goes. He brought up the issue of blood transfusions (which they are dead set against), and they cited a passage from the Bible, but from what we read in the Bible it seemed like they had taken it totally out of context.
Disclaimer: This is just my opinion. I'm not trying to offend anyone if they are of this faith!
I'd stay far away from that religion. Scary bunch.
All I know is Monday night is their church night .... They don't celebrate birthdays and they don't participate in parties.
I learned this because there was a little girl in our son's class that everytime they had a party in school ... she had to go sit in the office for the party time.
Please take this for what it's worth which is second hand information. I dated a woman that was a Witness growing up, but once an adult left the Witnesses. She has shared with me some of her experiences. In her words she describes it as a cult. Basically they control every aspect of your life.
The JW's I knew were required to "tattle" on each other. If a fellow member was doing something "wrong", it was their job to tell the elders and/or the Watch Tower what was going on.
They gals I knew also were not allowed to speak to their brother because he left the group. He decided he didn't want to go door to door, so he had to quit. His own sisters were not allowed to have any contact with him.
There is also something that states they can't accept blood products - not even for medical emergencies. They had trouble finding doctors who would agree to this when they were pregnant.
They don't call it church, they call it "Kingdom Hall".
Oh, and yes, they didn't celebrate any holidays, but were more than happy to accept a christmas bonus. At least, that's been my experience.
I do not want to offend anyone here who may be a JW, so saying that, in my honorable opinion...stay AWAY from it! It is not as simple as it may appear and what may look like Christianity in some form, is really not and quite different.
Hehehehe! Smart bunch they are.