Jehovah's Witnesses Spend Thanksgiving Knocking on Doors

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jehovah's Witnesses don't celebrate Thanksgiving. Instead, members of the religious sect take the day to increase their door-to-door evangelism.

"Since it's a holiday from the secular viewpoint, people have time off, so usually families and individuals will put forth extra effort in the ministry to go door to door," said Jagdish Patel, an elder with a Kingdom Hall in Jackson Heights, Queens.

He said the number of witnesses from his congregation canvassing city streets skyrockets on holidays.

"Usually, on the weekdays, there will be a group of 8 to 10 people going out in the service," he said. "But on holidays, it can be 30, 40."

Witnesses from the Jackson Heights congregation walk 80 territories in that neighborhood, as well as in Astoria. Each territory is comprised of three to four blocks.

Jehovah's witnesses do not celebrate national or religious holidays or birthdays.  

The only day they do memorialize is Jesus Christ's death around the time of Easter and Passover.


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Comments [32]

Cathy from NJ

They better not knock on my door. I will give them a list of 19 reasons why we celebrate Thanksgiving: All my family members with us here today. I don't care about pagan beginnings (their claim.) I care about what we are doing here today. Giving thanks. Spending time with family. I will NEVER join a group of people who claim to give thanks every day but actually don't give thanks on Thanksgiving.

Nov. 27 2013 02:22 PM
Michael Morris

Let's give them the day off—and a few more too! Help me in my attempt to institute the new worldwide tradition of Helloween (from The Book of Mormon's song "Hello!"): The one day that proselytizers are encouraged to preach to all who will listen from 6pm-8:30pm each and every Leap Day.
So just turn off your porch light that night, and every other day just tell them, "It's not Helloween."
Check out my blog post at

Feb. 28 2012 04:18 PM
Brad Mathews from Easton, PA

I was a JW for 20 years and their biggest error is shared by most Religious Denominations and this error is that Man has Free Will or Free Moral Agency. The fact that all of Us have a Will and make many choices is undeniable, but none of Our choices are "Free." All choices are CAUSED by something, whether the CAUSE is internal or external. Free Will is properly defined as uncaused choices, it doesn't exist. Your Environment, Genetic Makeup, Parental & Peer influences are all Causes that lead to choices. No one can come to God unless the Father draws(literally drags) in the Greek Him. Jesus said He did NOTHING on His own, God CAUSED Him to do the things He did. The Apostle Paul was the worst, chief or foremost among Sinners and God caused Him to make radical changes in less than one minute. God is not a puny Human, if He desires or Wills something, it has to come to pass and God Wills that all Men be saved and desire that none perish. Eventually everyone will learn righteousness, however most of Mankind are not saved in this Age, only God's Chosen Elect. The rest of Mankind will have the Carnal Nature spiritually burned out of them after the resurrection.

Dec. 06 2011 05:39 PM
Guy Richards from Athol, Ma

Many of us who were once associated with the Watchtower continue to believe in the doctrines they teach. However,most of these pre-date the organization. Other religious movements promulgated beliefs of unitarianism, mortal soul and the hell/grave.

What many objected to was the prophetic pronouncements of the Watchtower that proved false. (1874, 1878,1914,1918,1925,1975) Often the Watchtower denied the responsibility for its failures by blaming members. Large numbers of members still leave the Watchtower in spite of their cruel politicies
of disfellowshipment and shunning that have devestated many families. New ones may fill the ranks. But the bleeding wounds of those escaping this organization has hurt its public image.


Dec. 03 2011 02:53 PM

To: A Guy in Connecticut,your story may be genuine or you could be a Jehovah's Witnesses follower SHILL.
The Jehovah's Witnesses shill a lot online.

Lotta devious deception.....

Nov. 27 2011 01:29 AM
Woke Up Got Out from Victoria, Australia

@A Guy in Connecticut, That's nice, though I suspect they would have kept returning so they could clock up more hours for their monthly report without having to knock on doors.

Nov. 26 2011 05:28 PM
A Guy in Connecticut

There was a period in my life after my divorce that the ONLY people who seemed to care if I lived or died was the Jehova's Witnesses. My former friends all disappeared, my parents were dead and my brothers were all busy with their families. The JW came by my house every other day, even though I made it clear that I did not share their beliefs. We just never talked about that. We prayed a lot but mostly they LISTENED to me. Sometimes they would just hold my hands and we sat in silence. Eventually I moved away but I will never forget these angels who helped me chase away the suicidal thoughts and embrace the living world again

Nov. 26 2011 03:01 PM
Woke Up, Got Out from Victoria, Australia

@Ryan: "Who in the world today is really doing this preaching work? Be honest with yourself."

Uh, OK. Missionaries from most mainstream churches. Gideons International. The Bible Society. Despite what they're told in the Watchtower, the JWs really aren't alone in their "work".

But seriously, how many JWs actually "preach"? Most glumly knock on doors out of obedience to the Org, hoping no one will open the door. They're there just to clock up time for their monthly report slip. If someone responds, they focus much more on Watch Tower doctrine than an open discussion of the Bible.

Nov. 25 2011 11:55 PM
John Henry Kurtz from Spain

Literature equal money!

Nov. 25 2011 07:49 PM
Antonia Gilligan from Emerson, NJ

Let's raise a note of logic and humor. You can't prove the existence of god. The bible is nothing more that the collection of disjointed stories of very dubious accuracy. Isn't it strange that christians, jews and muslims deny Baal, Marduk, Zoroaster,The Great Spaghetti Monster, etc. They can see the "falsehood" in the other religions but never closely examine their own beliefs.

But when the jw's knock on my door, I tell them they tell me about the joys they found in jehovah and bible, if they will let me tell them about the power of Lord Lucifer. They leave very quickly!

After all, if anyone is running the show, it ain't an all seeing, all powerful all merciful, loving deity. Ask any 2 year old kid with cancer!

Antonia Gilligan

PS No, I'm not a fan of satan. The devil is another illusion that the religions uses to control free thought and rational.

As an rational logical person who requires proof for extraordinary claims, I am constantly y amazed by religious and "spiritual" talk about eternal life.

Nov. 25 2011 08:46 AM


apostate danny haszard the hazzard is more than one person on the web.There are several apostates that share a common user name and post as a group identity.

Just thought yah'll would like to know....

Nov. 25 2011 06:00 AM


Jehovah's Witnesses are NOT allowed by their leadership to visit JW-related Blogs or any any other JW-related forum that is NOT under the direct control of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. The Watchtower is able to thoroughly control the information that JWs receive by cleverly convincing their membership that visiting these web sites is equivalent to "inviting Apostates into our homes". So the few JWs that DO visit these sites often feel a strong sense of guilt afterwards....

This is why you will rarely a get a balanced view from a JW on these Blogs... They usually DO NOT carefully read what they perceive to be the "opposing views" on the Blog. They will usually turn a blind eye to the solid evidence before them because they are taught that anything that does not come from the Watchtower is just another attack from "Apostates" who are being directed by Satan.

So they will usually just leave a quick "hit-and-run" comment that ridicules those who have been unjustly labelled as "Apostates" while describing how wonderful the JW religion is...

It was very hard for me to swallow the fact that this religious corporation is based on long list of false asumptions and dooms-day fear-mongering that started with John Aquila Brown in 1823. JWs who read this will likely not even Google J.A Brown as they continue to be mentally manipulated by their leadership.

I am just one of many JWs who dared to look behind the curtain (after 38 years) . And even then, because of all the "programming", it took me 2 more years to finally accept that it was all one big lie...

Others who have discovered these lies still remain active JWs because they DO NOT want to lose all of their family and friends that are in the religion (which is what will happen if they express that they no longer wish to be a JW). It's another tactic used by the Watchtower to retain membership...

so sad...

Nov. 25 2011 04:30 AM

Some of us actually know a lot about Jehovah's Witnesses from direct experience. We provide a counterpoint to the way they portray themselves.
Their image, is, after all, carefully crafted and part of their pitch.

*Wolves in Sheep's clothing*

Despite a positive view of them, they are not benign.The consequences for families can be quite severe. Their apocalyptic worldview and "us vs. them" attitude is, to put it plainly, immoral, deeply irrational, and bad for the welfare of the individual believer.
And unlike most religions they aggressively seek converts (and have a high turnover) - proselytizing is the point of the religion, not just something unusual they do.
There's nothing wrong with offering a critical perspective on it. People deserve to know more about the person knocking on their door.

Nov. 25 2011 01:20 AM

(Matthew 24:14) "And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come."

Who in the world today is really doing this preaching work? Be honest with yourself.

Nov. 24 2011 11:58 PM
Tanysha from Boston

Some of all comments were twist again. Please respect J.W. I believed in Jehovah. If There is no spiritual leader around us, we can be in big disaeater worldly. I can see that Government and religious leaders were opposed together. They didn't goal to be peace and unity. J.W. did helped people to learn matter what bible teach them to have peace and unity to worship Jehovah their God. Disfellowship or shunning who were complained about wrong prophecy issue. How can 2 Timothy 3:1-7;16-17 already told us about this today? Jesus already told us that Jehovah 's promise is settled and will end devil and his wicked angels. (Genesis 3:15)

Nov. 24 2011 10:34 PM

alexis klatt from Canada wrote: "OK, then all you who are spewing hatred & propaganda, who has the right religion?"

No one...."right religion" is an oxymoron.

Nov. 24 2011 07:50 PM
BlackCab from Melbourne, Australia

A religion can believe anything it wants; if it wants to teach that God lives in the Pleaides constellation (as the JWs did for a while) they can.
My main problem is that all those poor JWs going banging on doors are doing it not because they WANT to, but because they are TOLD TO, to meet their monthly quota of hours in the "field service". JWs are a high control religion that dictate almost every part of the life, decisions and thinking of their members. Many want to leave but fear being "disfellowshipped" and shunned by their family and friends.
I made the break after 22 years in "The Truth" after discovering much of it was lies and information control.

Nov. 24 2011 07:05 PM
alexis klatt from Canada

OK, then all you who are spewing hatred & propaganda, who has the right religion?

And why?

Nov. 24 2011 05:39 PM

Im a Jehovah Witness but I hang with all people. Im not sure what religion these people are talking about, but I show up to give talks, Sunday meetings and ocassional service. Other times im working going out west to ski and just chill in the Berkshires, you can take the religion to whatever level you want. Treat people nice and enjoy life. Remember people in the northeast tend to be more westward and watch the people get more relaxed.

Nov. 24 2011 05:10 PM
noah fence

there appears to be two kinds of comments on JW news items. 1) delusionary posts from JWs themselves about "what the Bible really teaches!!" when not a single one of them using the Bible alone can connect 1914 to God's Kingdom. They also never seem to notice the phrase "faithful and discreet slave" is only mentioned twice and not a single time by Paul, Peter, James, John etc. yet they stake their lives on what people they've never met in Brooklyn say. and 2) lost souls like Danny Hazard who are no longer JWs but ironically are even more enslaved to the WBTS than rank and file oompah loompah JWs. he's like a chump who got dumped by a chick years ago and still follows her around telling everyone how evil she is. Danny, dude...get off your pc, forget JWs, find a woman and start living. ain't getting no younger.

Nov. 24 2011 04:29 PM
John from who knows

The Jw's are a bunch of Non sense. Lets take thanks giving. A days of thanks. There defense we should give thanks every day. That is correct. Thanks giving does not take away from that. It adds to it. Now the concept of invisibility. That is man created. Ever heard of the Hollywood Film, the invisible man. So its a concept developed by non other than holly wood Christ died on the cross. Rose from the dead. He appeard to his apostles. They felt the prints in his had and feet. He ate with them. Now is this a creation of man or the bible. Its a teaching of the bible. Christ is alive and shall return as he left as resurrected being. The JW's are a tristed group. They may not celebrate thaks giving. But they sure know there beer and coffee. Funny contrast here. I think christ would approve of thanks giving more than having a beer on a sunday afternoon.

Nov. 24 2011 04:03 PM

The goal for Jehovah's Witnesses in going door to door is to show people what is in their own Bibles. They have been lied to for generations and told to let the clergy worry about things. Do you see a problem with depending on those that know as long as they tell you what you want to hear instead of what you need to know, you will keep paying them? That is what you presently do with your clergies.

Jesus instructed, "you received free, give free." (Matt. 10:8) Paul put it, "[We are;] for we are not peddlers of the word of God as many men are," (2 Cor. 2:17) Obeying these directions, Jehovah's Witnesses never charge for our ministry. Even in this simple thing, we obey the Bible. Others plainly do not.

Yes, we do not observe holidays the rest of the world treasures. Which is more important though? Obeying Jehovah God who provides eternal life OR having temporary fun of holiday fun few do not regret afterward? We choose to obey Jehovah. He says to have nothing to do with worship of false gods, where all parts of holidays come from. So we do not.

Much is made of Christ's 2nd coming as King in 1914 invisibly. What should one expect? Right now since 33AD, Jesus has been an invisible spirit creature. He got a promotion to being the 2nd most powerful individual in all of existence by Jehovah, his Father. Why would anyone expect for him to DEMOTE himself to being human again? He did that once for a purpose he was successful in doing. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 shows he has much to do still in his position as King. None of them he could accomplish as a human. So while these flap their gums with nonsense, as yourself why should Jesus return as a human again?

Using the Bible together with good reasoning ability aid one to see the truth of the matter.

Nov. 24 2011 01:55 PM

As a 15 year Zealous Person for Jehovah (and elder) here is my own story.

Nov. 24 2011 01:09 PM
Vinny from United States

The facts prove without a doubt that God was never behind any of this:


We got False End of the World Predictions all over the place, medical disasterous policies - FORCED on JW's at risk of extreme shunning.

We got flip flops, blinking lights, wacky science, historical failures, arrogance, judging other religions and people of those religions and LOADS of WT Society embarrassments and humiliations throughout their entire 100+ year history!

God had nothing to do with all that nonsense that was called, "Food from God".

It was WRONG when it first came off the presses!

So why are some today opposed to Jehovah's Witness and their policies?




An arrogant, controlling Religious Institution is why.

They are WRONG ON BLOOD TODAY (for 68 years now).

They are WRONG ON SHUNNING those that simply walk away from the JW religion today. (nowhere in bible)

They are WRONG 607 BCE and 1914.

They were WRONG ABOUT FORBIDDING Vaccinations, Organ Transplants, Alternative Service and much more.

They were wrong on ALL OF THEIR End of World Predictions in writing. Wrong on marital infidelity rules, rape rules, beards, 1935, Beth Sarim and too many things to bother listing here.

Did ((( GOD ))) make all of these terrible decisions to force on all the JW's as "food at the proper time", and then change his mind later on?

Shunning people for disagreements is NOT scriptural!

Shunning people for walking away from the JW faith is NOT scriptural!


Jw's are not allowed to even THINK differently.

I WAS a JW, and an elder as well, until recently in 2006 when I walked away. I am shunned for walking away. People today and for the last 80 years have died, without reason, due to the WT medical policies forced on all JW's.

JW's are told they cannot take blood transfusions in situations where they might need one (such as through accidents or complications with surgery, pregnancy or child birth).

So, naturally, more JW's will die.

Just like this mother died unnecessarily!

And now her husband has no wife and her two new twins have no mother.

And all for what?

Or this teenager that also DIED:

This is very simple. JW's NEEDLESSLY die for this sorry blood policy today.

From the same organization that has an entire 100 + year history of similar bad and embarrasing policies.

This is why I suggest to anybody thinking of becoming a JW ... to READ READ AND READ UP ON THIS RELIGION FIRST!

The proof will clearly stand out that the JW faith is not what they try to tell people they are!


Nov. 24 2011 01:08 PM
Alfred from Puerto Rico

@Hermano DDD
I can't speak for Danny Hazard or whether or not he is a disgruntled or disfellowshipped JW that is in "time-out"... I can speak for myself and say that I spent nearly 2 years investigating the WT (after being a faithful JW for over 38 years) and I went through different difficult stages... Shock, Disilusion, Sadness and Anger (for being fooled all my life by the WT leadership)... That being said, I can't say anything negative about all those who would spend this holiday (or any other) preaching a message that they believe wholeheartedly... To the young ones, I would say investigate as the Bible commands you to in 1 Tes 5:21, 1 John 4:1 and Deu 18:20-22... To the older ones... well... I would just not say anything at all... Why? For one thing, it would be somewhat cruel of me to shatter their dreams by showing them irrefutable evidence that this religion is based on a long list of false assumptions regarding 1914 that started with John Aquila Brown in 1823 and was recycled down to the Adventists and eventually the Bible Students (Jehovah's Witnesses)... but I'm saddened that many have believed the WT's message that any who speak against the WT is speaking against God himself... this is simply not true and is intended to create fear of so-called "apostates" to prevent JWs from doing any objective investigation into their own religion...

Nov. 24 2011 11:48 AM

The reasons why Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s) are often accused or suspected of being a non-Christian religious group are numerous:

1) as their name suggests, their “witnessing” door-to-door is almost exclusively about Jehovah and His Kingdom, and much less witnessing with regards to Jesus Christ.
2) their teaching that Jesus was a “created” being, as Michael the Archangel, thus denying the deity of Christ.
3) the delegating of Christ Jesus to a distant 3rd place in their religious services, far behind Jehovah and their own humanistic “faithful & discreet slave” class, known as the Governing Body of JW’s, the “Supreme Council” of their leadership.
4) the minimizing of the ransom sacrifice provided by Jesus’ death, claiming that its benefits apply only to “144,000 holy ones” and not to Christians, in general, even those that have accepted Christ Jesus as their Savior.

For these reasons and others, the Christianity of JW’s is often brought into question.

Lastly, with regards to their door-to-door activity, persons of interest need to be aware that their message is solely designed to convert you to their religion. While the Bible is used primarily in the initial contacts, the JW’s will subtlety turn attention away from scripture, via their deceptive “free home Bible Study” program, slowly changing the focus of the study away from Scripture and much more towards their own Watchtower publications. When Scriptures are read, the context of the surrounding verses is basically ignored while the emphasis is placed on their interpretation of the verse(s) read or quoted. Thus, the Watchtower organization and their literature becomes the final authority on all matters, not the Scriptures.

Those few people that continue to maintain regular contact with their “tutor” or personal Bible Study conductor, eventually proceeding to actual conversion (via water baptism at one of their conventions) have now placed themselves under the legal control of the Watchtower organization. The precious Christian freedom lovingly afforded to us by Christ Jesus has thus been totally surrended, foolishly and unwittingly placing themselves under and subject to Watchtower “Law” (see Galatians 5:1).

As a former 20-year JW, I write and speak from experience.

Nov. 24 2011 09:25 AM
Stourley Kracklite from White Plains, NY

What do you get when you cross a Unitarian with a Jehovah's Witness?

Someone who knocks on doors for no apparent reason.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 24 2011 09:25 AM
Hermano DDD

Mr. Hazard,

Obviously every news item that emerges in regards to the JW, you give a comment. Obviously, you were disfellowshipped and very disgruntled like a child being put on time out. You need to wait your time and exercise patience for your day is coming. My god is showing long suffering and mercy with you, but every time you speak injuriously against the organization and twist the scriptures towards your selfish needs, you speak against the spirit of Jehovah which is holy. May he have mercy on your soul my brother.

Nov. 24 2011 09:00 AM
Dan Anders

Acts 5:38,39

Nov. 24 2011 04:13 AM

Mormons go door to door also.LDS say Jesus came to America gave Mormon founder golden plates.

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that Jesus returned second coming October 1914.
Both religions have doctrines no better or worse than other religion.

I will never convert to either faith I have told them that once or twice,so please to not disturb my family on the Holiday,that would be intrusive.

Nov. 24 2011 03:31 AM

What Jehovah's Witnesses don't realize is that their group has morphed into a real estate developer posing as a religion. The Watchtower has been developing properties in New Your City with volunteers for years, and now they are selling all of it at great profit.

Regarding the preaching of the "good news" despite the countless hours spent knocking on doors to share this "good news", I doubt there are many reading this who could even tell you just what the "good news" is. Lots of people think JW's don't even believe in Jesus, but they do and he is in fact an integral part of their "good news". So one has to wonder how successful their important preaching work really is. Instead of being successful in spreading the good news, JW's have become a religion known better for what they don't do, like not celebrating holidays, not taking blood transfusions, or not saluting the flag.
Maybe the door knocking is just to keep them busy between real estate projects.

Nov. 24 2011 02:02 AM

Jehovah's Witnesses teach that the Jesus of the new testament had his second coming 'invisibly' in 1914 and they were the only ones who saw it.

Jehovah's Witnesses are as equally wrong as the protestant but on different dogmas.They find fault with all the other religions thinking that this makes them the 'truth' by default,all cults do this.

Nov. 24 2011 01:59 AM

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