"Women cannot teach in the congregation, they cannot deliver public talks or say public prayers.When they conduct a private Bible study or say a prayer with another person, while a man is around, she has to wear a scarf on her head as a sign of being submissive." One questioner asked what they should do to avoid Jehovah's Witnesses knocking on their door.
The Public Hardly Notices In Berlin, the Witnesses meet in the Velodrom arena, in Munich, they gather at the Olympic Stadium, and in Frankfurt am Main, they plan to congregate in the Commerzbank Arena.
Like thousands of others, she has come to Dortmund with her family -- all of them strict believers, all of them dressed up for the special day -- for the annual North Rhine-Westfalia convention of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Having doubts about his faith, the oldest son stayed home.
The majority of those following the faith in Germany hail from the Ruhr region, which is densely populated and has relatively high unemployment. The girls' skirts might be a little longer and the children might look a bit more nicely coiffed, but it would be difficult to assign this group of people to any particular faith community.
Some 40,000 Witnesses are expected to attend the event on each of the three days it will last. family has brought their two daughters to the event. It's only their purple plastic nametags that give them away: Written above the name is the phrase "Let God's Kingdom Come!