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Why do Jehovah's Witnesses churches have no windows?

    Kenneson posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 02:54:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    Someone asked columnist Phillip Milano of the Jacksonville, Florida Times Union this very question. You will find remarks of several individuals and the reasons they offer, ranging from deterrence to vandalism, to saving on air conditioning bills, etc. Even J.R. Brown gives his two-cents worth and replies to critic Paul Blizzard.

    http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/080106/enm_4104779.shtml

    F earthtone posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:00:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    That was interesting. I remember someone asking me that before and another person (nonJW) said it was because we didn't the devil looking in. I was always told that it was because of vandalism. And I do recall seeing a KH with windows once.

    RaceBannon posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:08:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    Its so that you can't look outside, and get distracted, thereby missing out on "spiritual food".

    F blondie posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:09:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    But some KHs do have windows.

    kinghall1.jpg (3938 bytes)

    Kingdom Hall - Jehovah's Witnesses
    10 Potter's Lane (near Greenview)
    Etna, CA 96027

    Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses

    Anguilla

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    Established in the 1960s, the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is also located on Route 161 in Daigle.

    Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness
    Anguilla Churches 10

    Anguilla

    Wye

    F mrsjones5 posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:16:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    The one I went to as a teen in Belmont, Ca had windows. Great big windows behind the stage. It was great. I could stare out the window at the San Mateo/San Francisco skyline. My mother told me they sold that hall and built another in Redwood City. She said something about the old hall having foundation problems (it was built on a downsloping hillside) and that some muslim people bought it. She thought it was funny. I didn't see the humor in it.

    Josie


    PS the new hall has no windows

    F Mulan posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:16:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    cheaper to build

    new KH's and remodels have no windows.

    M PopeOfEruke posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:19:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    A JW relative lives in a small town in Australia where there is quite a large Brethren community, and The Brethren have a church with no windows. Now my Jw relative and others I heard all criticize the Brethren church for having no windows!! Saying they are faraid of the light of truth!!

    I tried to explain that JW Kingdump Halls in the USA have no windows but no-one believes me.

    It's a typical WTS trick to keep witness in one country ignorant of what is allowed in other countries.

    I once explained to an Aussie JW how in Europe where I lived all the JW literature was free!! He couldn't believe it as Australia was still under the Cash'n'Carry plan. Then the government brought in GST (or VAT) and boy! did Jehovah sit up and make a quick change then!

    Pope

    Kenneson posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:34:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    Mulan,

    That certainly seems to be the trend. Even Brown remarks: "...but in the U.S. we have given quite a bit of attention to security and vandalism, so we will build halls without windows..."

    free2beme posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:38:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    The stock answer I was always told, was that windows are distracting to the people that should be listening. The real reason, I was told by elders who used to have windows in the hall, was that people kept breaking them and it was to inviting to vandals. I think both are actually partly true.

    F Purza posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:40:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    The one I went to as a teen in Belmont, Ca had windows. Great big windows behind the stage. It was great.



    I remember that hall Mrs. Jones. The speaker was on the stage below and the seats were stepped up so we got to look down on the speaker. The view was cool too. Kinda sad to hear that it is gone.

    The two halls I have officially gone to have had windows. The first one the windows were up high and were useless. The second hall were large windows -- I watched a neighbor take down a beehive with a broom one meeting. Hey -- I had to be entertained somehow.

    Purza

    M A Paduan posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 03:52:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    So they won't see the bloodstreaked hands and faces of the damned against the windows during the 'big A'

    mwahahahaha !

    M SirNose586 posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 04:11:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    I think I heard the general rule that halls in the US after the 60's don't have windows. Mine does, because it was built in '56. Right about now I could do without the sun in my eyes at dusk...

    M stevenyc posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 04:31:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    Well, you know the saying, those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones...

    steve

    M nevaagain posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 08:51:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    i live in germany and all halls here new or old do have windows, so this might be only the case in the usa

    F fullofdoubtnow posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 11:10:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    The kh I used to attend has barred windows, and I have never been in one in the UK without windows. However, the assmbly hall I used to go to for SDA's and CA'S has no windows in the actual auditorium, just at the front entrance.

    F Crumpet posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 11:42:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    So they won't see the bloodstreaked hands and faces of the damned against the windows during the 'big A'

    mwahahahaha !

    I just had a post apocolyptic vision a la Shaun of The Dead just then! LOL!

    F Country Girl posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 11:47:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    What is it with the arched windows?

    CG

    M Jim_TX posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 13:19:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    The first 'hall' that I went to - in the early 60's, had windows. They were the kind that were up high, an sideways... they even opened. This 'feature' came in handy whenever the A-C broke down.

    The hall had windows though... cause they bought the building and they came with it. (I think it used to be a church? - memory is foggy here.)

    I remember that they remodeled it several times though...

    They also had heavy curtains that usually remained closed - so you couldn't see outside.

    I just hope that in these newer ones - they provide enough 'power-fail' lighting so that the folks can see their way out, if the power ever fails. (...and regularly check the batteries - as they fail over time)

    Regards,

    Jim TX

    M done4good posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 13:24:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    The last one I belonged to had windows, (Millville,NJ). The original building was built in the 1950s. The hall I grew up in, (also originally built in the 1950s), did NOT have windows. Most recent trends in building lean towards "simplicity" so probably for some or all of the reasons mentioned above they would consider a windowless design.

    j

    M Finally-Free posted Wed, 02 Aug 2006 13:28:00 GMT(8/2/2006)

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    Why do the Catholic churches, Baptist churches, evangelical and other churches in my neighbourhood either have no windows or keep them covered?

    Why does the local animal hospital keep its windows covered?

    Why can't I see inside any office buildings from outside???

    Why can't I peep into people's homes without risking arrest?

    What is everyone trying to hide???

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