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 just say no thanks and close the door.
I generally either politely tell them nope or chat them up either because one; they are pleasant to talk too and listen or two; to see their faces as I politely break down my personal point of view and challenge them not by saying they are wrong so much as we can't both be and neither of us are budging so why not just agree to disagree or write my off as doomed cause really I am not buying what you are selling.
I ignore them.
Depends on their behaviour. I'll usually invite them in and educate them on their own book. Simple logic can be explained away as just "stuff against God" but when you take the words from thier own book they will stop and think a littke bit before thier little brains melt.
No thank you. Never come back. If you or any of your friends return I will interpret your actions as a threat to my safety and I will use options up to and including lethal force to remove you from my property. I have a stack of cards with this message printed on them. I open the door hand them the card and close the door.
**We put up a 6 ft fence with double bolt locks on the gates and no bell there. Now we have peace .
I tell them there is no God, and I keep saying it til they leave. I have no respect whatsoever for people who go door to door selling superstition. I treat them as I would someone who came to my door wanting to teach me how the earth is flat, or vaccines cause autism, I simply tell them they are wrong.
I have been SO lucky! i had ONE pair (always a pair, right?) of door knockers, and that was in japan, where i lived for a decade. they were mormons, and they got mad when i wouldn't open the door, and were quite rude. i reported them to their mormon superiors. i forget whether i mentioned, in reporting them, that i had told the knockers, quite truthfully, that i was naked and thus could not open the door. meanwhile, i was bothered by mormons every time i went to a kinko's in japan; i got them to leave me alone by answering their inevitable "have you heard the story of joseph smith?" with "yes, i have. have you heard the one about the rabbi...." and telling them a nice long story i knew about a rabbi. you should have seen the smiles freeze on their faces!
Ha Ha Ha Ha. I solved this one. I put up a 6 foot fence with a double dead bolt lock that requires a key and I have the keys. There is not door bell, no buzzer, no way in to reach my door. Anybody wants to come here has to know me and call first to make arrangements and then call to let me know they are outside . I also have 9 little yapping , barking dogs in that front secure garden . No one comes to my door these days . I love it.
I had a couple at my door last spring . At 4 the afternoon , my dogs barking like crazy at the door bell , me out of shower w bath robe and getting ready for night shift , really last thing I needed was religion talking . They had some cheap papers to pass about their church I assume and they told me " if I had a minute to talk about finding Jesus ". I told them , " honey , I am Jesus , nice to meet u and good bye".
I will talk your ear off. I will tell you my entire life history. I will give you every reason that I do not any longer believe in a god. I give everybody who is still a Believer every opportunity to try to convince me that there is a god but I have to have evidence and that's why I'm agnostic and not a true atheist. Usually they will just get tired of talking and leave. I really enjoy those conversations. I haven't had one for 6 months. Maybe I'm on a list of "Do not visit this guy's house anymore!"
I call them Pushers (yes, as in drug pushers). Anyone who seeks me out is a pusher. If I go to them, then they are Dealers. This includes salesmen, tele-a-marketers, religions. If they ask why, I tell them that all they want is more people to show up at church because they need the money, under the guise of tything (sp). If they persist I close the door.
I call them Pushers (yes, as in drug pushers). Anyone who seeks me out is a pusher. If I go to them, then they are Dealers. This includes salesmen, tele-a-marketers, religions. If they ask why, I tell them that all they want is more people to show up at church because they need the money, under the guise of tything (sp).
Lift them off the surface of the door and knock them down upon the door, of course.
I'm a certified Reverend of Dude-ism, so I just tell them and usually all the hear is Reverend, so they just leave.
You are the second dude I've seen recently. First here, other on google + community. Its a small world dude lol
I gave up on being polite. See, I walked away from Mormonism, and those guys are way too insistent. Last time they knocked, I opened the door, saw who it was, said “Nope. Not happening.” And closed the door again. I now basically have a no contact order, so they haven’t bothered me once this year (except for my mom). I feel bad for the missionaries sometimes, because I know some of them are desperate for a way out, but I do not have the answer for them. Well, I do, but no one mentions their doubt in front of their mission companion.
Sorry but I’m no sure that is the best tact