Translated from the originals by Chris Tsilikas
It’s easier to get rid of leeches than of Jehovah’s Witnesses
We will neither break fresh ground nor “carry coals to Newcastle” when we talk about the well-known persistence of Jehovah’s Witnesses in trapping innocent victims and trying to convert them to unpaid life-long salespeople of the issues of the American publishing company “The Watchtower”. And this persistence and importunity sometimes infringes on the limits of decency and touches the limits of paranoia to such a degree that they become real “leeches (1)”, which it is extremely difficult to get rid of...
And before any of our readers hastes to accuse us of slander, it would be worthwhile to read the following letter sent to us by our reader Dimitra, who had the bad luck to live in the same block of flats with a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses. We need to mention that she wrote to us to ask for advice, for ways or tricks in order to get rid of these irritating “leeches”. Anyway, we believe that Dimitra’s case is not the only one. Lots of our readers must have had similar or even worse stories to tell us. What we want to stress in the following letter apart from the importunity of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the disclosure of their hypocrisy and of their so-called social pretensions.
Dimitra’s letter follows:
“First of all I would like to inform you that my name is Dimitra and I live in Athens with my family. Although my parents are Christian they have never attended the Mass at Church, especially my father, who didn’t believe in God in general, but he only believed in Science. So what I know about Christianity is what I have managed to learn by myself.
You see, I have always had an issue with my internal pursuit and I have spent hours upon hours reading books by Paulo Coelho. I would never describe myself as a fanatical Christian or anything like that because I really know nothing about Christianity! However, the truth is that I have been trying and I may have known by now how to distinguish between right and wrong, good and evil.
I have been looking for information on Jehovah’s Witnesses for quite a long time because a few months ago we rented a flat and then we found out that the owners were Jehovah’s Witnesses. At first we didn’t pay any attention to that and we didn’t care about it.
Right from the beginning they asked us to follow them to their gatherings in the King’s Hall as they call the building where they gather. We kindly rejected their invitation but they kept asking! After a lot of efforts they made to drag us there, my husband finally managed to make them understand that we don’t want to go.
They tried to get to know us better, but still I noticed quite a few odd behaviors as far as the honesty they said they had was concerned. They kept asking quite a lot of indiscrete questions about our personal life to such a degree that we felt uncomfortable and we dodged contacts with them as much as we could.
More often than not the woman also asks my child to play with hers and I am always trying to find an excuse which is quite tiring for a mother. From what I see, or by instinct if you want, their stiff smiles and their “love” and their suits and ties in shipshape, all these make me believe that things are not the way they describe and show, so reading your articles has helped me get a better idea.
From the few things I have managed to understand I think they are a low-educated couple although they are young, and a woman with suppressed impulses and feelings and serious problems. Unfortunately, their kid lives in a glass tower and he’s not allowed to watch comics because as they claim they are filled with swears.
I could not believe my ears when I first heard that. I really want to avoid all contacts with these people, and I’m sure they have known it by now, because I think that the whole environment around them is diseased, and what is more tragic is that their actions do not coincide with their words. We hear them arguing and shouting at one another and at their kid almost every day; yet, they present the image of a ‘happily’ married couple to the world. The surface is different from reality.
Unfortunately my opinion about them is not good, although we had tried to get to know them better as we don’t like to stigmatize people and we really respect other people’s beliefs, as long as they don’t violate our own beliefs.
They have made us feel uncomfortable a lot of times when asking personal questions, in the scope of honesty as they have been telling us over and over again. We are really tired of hearing that.
The problem is that since they live next door they come over our house quite often for different things, for a favor, for some help with the Internet because they don’t know anything about computers and the Internet and so on so forth. This lady gets into my house under the slightest pretense, even just to check I’m all right!
Sometimes I feel she is more than suppressed and dejected and she always asks for alcohol. She talks relentlessly about her husband and how disappointed she is and I feel uncomfortable. Her educational level is low as I said earlier and the things she tells me sometimes touch the levels of stupidity.
The truth is that they say and unsay all the time and quite often they fool us right before our eyes; we’ve caught them telling lies hundreds of times.
My husband and I are thinking of leaving our house in order to get rid of them, because among all the above there are a lot of other things that do not cover us. For example, we haven’t signed a contract for renting the house, they do not give us a receipt for the money we give them for the rent or for anything else so, we are at a loose end; they have arranged everything to their own profit.
The truth is I have had a hunch about them and when I came across your blog I was shocked as far as the child molesters they are sheltering are concerned because right from the beginning I didn’t want my son to go to their house to play, but how many excuses can one make up?
And I find it ironic that their posts on Facebook are against child molesters and against those who do not respect human life!!!!
They didn’t even respect us on Facebook. They actually forced us to accept their friendship requests as they pestered us so much that we felt uncomfortable once again. And once they became our friends they kept pestering us with silly things uploaded on our profiles and we had to erase their comments all the time and apologize all the time to our friends.
They have invited us to dinner several times and we only accepted one of those invitations. During that dinner they said their prayers and they corrected us hundreds of times; we don’t smoke, we don’t say cheers when we drink and so on so forth. So after so much suppression we try to avoid any sort of contact!!!
As a mother, the one I really feel sorry for is their little kid, who is alone with a really hysteric mother who is shouting all the time. And what really impressed me is that their kid does not communicate with other children (he’s only 4 years old). I saw him reacting nervously once when he raised his hand to hit his mother.
Yet, they have told me that they are against violence…. (Nothing sounds right to me anymore); that’s why she told me my son is the only one she wants her kid to hang around with because my son is calm and doesn’t hit other people. We’ve brought up our children in a calm environment with a lot of discussions; however, I can’t believe she does the same thing. I don’t know if I am mistaken, but the results don’t show that.
Unfortunately for us, we became rude and bad with our behavior to them, because we didn’t have any other means to make them understand we didn’t enjoy their company. But from what I saw from a quarrel I had with her husband she showed me her teeth as well; she just doesn’t like the truth.
We can’t see any other way of getting rid of them but leaving this place!!!! We consider their words – ‘we see you as our family’ and ‘we love you’ – as hypocritical and false pretenses.
The good thing from this experience is that I had no idea about Jehovah’s Witnesses, and now I’m planning to look for some information through your blog since you seem to know a lot about them and whatever I learn is good.
I would like to broaden my horizons too…..
Thank you for your time and I hope I haven’t tired you!!!!!
Thanks again….be well!!!
 Leech: He sticks like a leech; we use this expression to describe one that adheres persistently to another. Literally, leeches are segmented worms; they are predominantly blood suckers that feed on blood from vertebrate and invertebrate animals. A leech attaches itself when it bites and it will stay attached until it becomes full, at which point it falls off to digest (Wikipedia).
Writer Chris Pal