Whether they be Witnesses, Mormons, or another proselytizing religion, how do you deal with people coming to your door to spread their religion?
I just had my first experience since getting a place of my own and had a decent conversation through the crack in my door. After I told him I was an atheist he tried to use apologetics; when I told him I was familiar with his arguments and didn't find them convincing further explaining that I take a scientific route of belief and chose not to believe until there is evidence for a god. He understood and thanked me for explaining and listening to him and he left with a handshake. I was surprised at myself for how civil I was to him but how does everyone else usually respond?
I live in a mobile home park which is entirely private property so if/when they venture on the property the are legally trespassing so if they make it to my door they are in for some shit. Often times I just start by telling them that they are trespassing and if that doesn't make them turn around then, while I am talking to them, I am on the phone to park management or the police and let them know to come on down to catch a trespasser.
If they are trying to sell me shit, I take their literature and business card then tell them that they are trespassing. It's at that point they try to ask for the paperwork back, to which I decline and I tell them I have to had it to park management so that he can call their boss and explain the trespassing statutes.
I politely tell them I'm not interested and send them on their way. I once had a roommate who opened the door to a couple of guys with bibles, and was like, "WHAT? THERE IS NO GOD! GTFO of here" etc.
I was about 20 years old, and thought it was hilarious.
I say very calmly, first let me discuss with you Wicca, Druidism, Hellenistic paganism and of course the church of Satan since all of them are trying to convonce me to believe in their God. Do many gods, do little time. Frankly, with all due respect to you personally, your religion is just as fucked up. Thank you for your time.
I don't get them any more as I live in sheltered accommodation, my granny used to let them in make them tea and cakes and nod in all the right places and when they had gone say -"I have done my bit for the day they left some other poor soul in peace whilst i had them here
Wow a few stories here. In my old neighborhood (growing up) once one neighbor got the knock - every other neighbor was phoned and told "They are on their way" - we'd watch TV and ignore the door. Which is annoying. - My mother once answered the door and said "I have a religion of my own I follow - thanks!". Nice straight forward. - Now you know if Prince had showed up at your door you'd have let him in right? (Yup he dressed up and went door to door that was his religion which boggles my mind). - I have a friend of about 15 years who is JW. She waited a full year to tell me. She does not go door to door - it's an independent choice in her Church. Not to say it's that way for all JWs. - And when I worked security in college I met some young JWs - we had great conversations. And they really didn't try to convert me especially after I told them I couldn't give up dancing. They kind of wanted to go dancing too.
I opened the door to see two ladies, both dressed conservatively. The older started with the standard are you saved speech. I interrupted saying that I was a scientist and she said, "so you should know how statistically unlikely evolution is?"
"Well. I am not a biologist but I do have a few books on the subject shall I get them?"
They took off for the next house.
My ex-husband is Hispanic. When we first moved here some came to the door and he told them "I no speakin english" so they would leave. They were back a few hours later with Spanish speakers. I thought it was hilarious when he told me, but then I was mad that he let them in and talked to them. Admired their persistence though..
I also try to be civil, as much as possible. Usually when I say, "no thanks, I'm an Atheist" they politely move along. No hard feelings.
One Witness didn't want to stop bothering me so I just told him that his day would go a lot better if he didn't try to have a conversation with me. Their promotion of sexual abuse just sickens me.