CNN Quotes That Jehovah's Witness Michael Jackson Sold Wash Towels Door 2 Door. What Do You Think?
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July 24, 2019 / By Lehi Question:
Yep, that MJ sold WASH TOWELS door to door!
Part of the quote is here: "I mean, Campbell, Michael was a very spiritual, religious man. He was not only a Jehovah's Witness, he was a missionary. ... He used to knock on people's doors selling wash towels. Then suddenly he fell out with the church. ..."
What do you think?
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Best Answers: CNN Quotes That Jehovah's Witness Michael Jackson Sold Wash Towels Door 2 Door. What Do You Think?
Jaden | 2 days ago
Well, this is obviously a transcription error. It is true that Jackson sold Watchtower magazines door to door in the 1970s and 80s. Around 1987 he left the religion.
Some on this board who CLAIM to be Witnesses take exception to the statement that he, as a Witness, "sold" the magazines. They are incorrect. During the time that Michael Jackson was a Witness, they did SELL the magazines and other Watchtower literature for cash.
This was the case until 1990, but that year something changed. That year, the U.S. Supreme court held that states could levy sales taxes on the sale of religious literature by non-profit corporations.
The case was Swaggart v. California--the state of California imposed sales tax on protestant preacher Jimmy Swaggart's sales of religious literature. He appealed it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court...and lost. See http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=US&vol=493&invol=378
Interestingly, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society filed an amicus curiae brief with the Court in favor of Swaggart's position. A copy of the Society's brief is here: http://ia331405.us.archive.org/0/items/WatchtowerAmicusCuriaeJimmySwaggart/1989_Amicus_Curiae_Watchtower_Swaggart.pdf
After the Court shot down Swaggart, the Society quickly switched to the "donation arrangement" in order to avoid paying taxes.
Pretty slick, huh?
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I'm sure you mean Watchtowers, and they are free. I believe he did go door to door some, but with his popularity, it would be hard to stay in the same neighborhood for long.
He has not been a Jehovah's Witness since the late 80's. He disassociated himself after becoming popular again. The only thing I know he was questioned for is using Zombie's in Thriller as we Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in the immortality of the soul, so no ghosts or zombies. Due to his popularity he was quoted in the Watchtower just basically saying it wasn't his intend to say believed what was in the Thriller video and apologized if it offended anyone.
Most Jehovah's Witnesses I know love Michael Jackson's music...who doesn't?
You never know, if he had stayed a Witness, he may not have gotten so eccentric and lived a lot longer.
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Yes it's true, the church didn't like his music so he was either disfellowshipped (unlikely because he wasn't shunned by his JW family) or stopped going to meetings, like just disappeared off the JW radar.
I read a blog he wrote a couple of years ago and he said he would witness - didn't mention wash towels - but would distribute Watchtower literature until well into stardom.
Prince is known to witness. Wouldn't you just die if you opened your front door to him, lol?
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The correct phrase is actually Watchtowers which is the main magazine distributed (not sold) by Jehovah's Witnesses. Whether or not he was a baptized Jehovah's Witness is not confirmed
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Was he wearing that mask at the time? Every time I see that face I freak out, and I wouldn't want that face at my door! I'm not a fan of MJ, thank goodness!
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Originally Answered: Do Jehovah's Witnesses stand alone when it comes to door to door ministry?
Jehovah's Witnesses, almost 7.7 million strong, spent 1,707,094,710 hours preaching door to door in 236 countries, during 2011. What other religion did anything like that, even close?? Name it !!! I challenge you !!!!
Some Mormons spend a couple years going door to door, sort of. Not in any organized way. I'm over 50 years old, and have never had one knock on my door.
A few others try it. I talked to a minister once(I was doing door to door) who explained how his church has tried to do it a few times, but could not get it going, no one would support it. He asked what our secret was. I told him one must love Jehovah and be lead by "holy spirit", without that no one can keep it up.
Jehovah's Witnesses are KNOWN, WORLDWIDE, for their preaching activity. There is no other group of any size that can say that !!!!!