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Yes people, I'm talking about Jehovah's Witnesses here in Korea. There is nothing wrong with being a Jehova's Witness. Although it is a little peculiar that in 2004 more than 10,000 of them had to serve prison terms in South Korea for disregarding the compulsory military service. Don't get me wrong, religion is an amazing thing that only makes the world a better place. As a somewhat practicing Catholic, I find myself taking the more spiritual approach than a devout Church goer. Growing up I learned to appreciate the joy of having a religion in your life. However, the one thing that always bothered me was those who try to impose their religion on others.
Each time someone knocks on my door I immediately get very quiet and turn on my door camera, in fear that its the Jehova's. Usually I have two younger women who knock on my door, and they strike up a pleasantly normal conversation with you. They want to know your name, how long you have lived in Korea, and just start talking to you like their your best friend. Then they try to give you a million hand outs like the one pictured. By the time you get rid of them you will have spend around fifteen minutes trying everything humanly possible to send them on their way.
So why not just answer my door and casually tell them "I'm not interested?" Well this has been tried too, however they will just keep knocking on your door and ringing your doorbell until you open it again. And trust me, they will come back again tomorrow, and the next day to see if they can talk to you.
Therefore, until there is another grand solution to get rid of the Jehova's witnesses, my reccomendation is to never answer your door when someone knocks, and pretend like your not home. Or maybe you could just put a giant sign on your door that says "I HATE GOD" instead!
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