Are Jehovahs Witness Targeting You
April 12, 2019 - Regan Thibodeau did a live-stream on Facebook and attached a survey asking people about their experience with the Jehovah's Witness community. Jehovah's Witnesses are a millenarian restorationist Christian denomination with beliefs distinct from mainstream Christianity. When one thinks of a Jehovah’s Witness, they think of people walking down the street smiling in suits, carrying bibles. They worship at a place called the Kingdom Hall. Our community struggles with this particular religious group for one reason, they seem to be targeting our community specifically. Thibodeau started her video saying, “I asked the Jehovah Witnesses community last year not to come to my home ever again.“
This video has been shared over 1500 times and people are responding with a resounding yes, they have dealt with Jehovah’s Witness constantly coming to their house and targeting them, talking about saving them. “You do not bother my hearing friends; I don't have them telling me about how the JW people showed up at their houses. You are taking advantage and exploiting deaf people because you think you're saving the deaf community!” Thibodeau
There have been various speculations on how the Jehovah’s Witness are finding people because the majority of the time Jehovah Witness individuals that appear at the house are ones that can sign. Some people are questioning whether providers are selling their phone numbers and addresses or if interpreters inside are collecting information and phone numbers.
Thibodeau’s real question is, are the Jehovah’s Witness, "purposefully targeting the Deaf community?” She has also initiated a small movement, asking those that have problems with the Jehovah's Witness ASL group to go and file a protection order against them. The more protection orders out there against the Jehovah’s Witness, the more likely there will be an investigation in that matter by the police. (She pointed out targeting demographics as an issue to the officer.)
"The police officer who never experienced a JW at their door in his entire life suggested we go to the courthouse and file for a protection order against the specific JW, the JW ASL group, and an address of the church where they have the ASL groups. The more of us that file the better it is for us to make a change." Thibodeau
As a researcher, Thibodeau has a survey up for the community (both hearing and deaf) to fill out for her to help offset her curiosity on how targeted the community is. To fill out the survey go to The Jehovah Witness Survey.