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 smile and say Thank you, but I'm not into this sort of thing, Must go now, have a good day. If they continue, I say please respect my words, I have to go now, and I shut the door. After that I say, I'll be calling the police if you don't leave.
I had JWs knocking at my door the day I got my A level results. I'd got in to the university I wanted to go to and the's miserable bastards were asking me if I was happy with the way the world was. I had a bottle of chilled vodka in my hand and also pointed out that I'd given blood the day before
At least in my neighborhood, they respond pretty well to "no thanks, good luck".
Well I have to share this joke first...Why are Jehovah's Witnesses all flat chested? You make a pushing out motion with your hand/arm as you say "Get off my porch" These days, because of my peep hole, I don't answer the door anymore. I've had the religion conversation for 40 years. It's a waste of time.
Tell then to piss off
It amazes me that old ladies come to my door here where I live in south beach, FL. But they do. Half the time I am only half dressed when they knock so can't really let them in. But I always feel so sad for them so I always take their pamphlet and wish them a good day. It makes them feel so happy. So why not? Sometimes reading the pamphlet is quite fun -- entertaining! When I lived I lived in New Mexico, they always came in pairs. I was always impressed they found my house on a dirt road in the middle of the desert. How? The young one was always a bit nervous and in training. It was so cute! How could I not take their pamphlet?
With door knockers, I tend to deal off the bottom of the deck.
I politely school.them on the bible they are professing to know. Present them with questions they are unable to answer. Most will not return. I had one group of witnesses that would come every couple weeks they got to know my name. I enjoyed teaching them new things every few weeks about their religion lol.
I really can't stand them they'll force you into their religion
Why would you not be civil? I have found them interesting to talk to, usually keep them longer than they wanted to stay.
I had a friend he would see the Jehovah witness approaching his door, he answers the door in his underwear. Not sure this works for everyone. I would answer the door tell them about a few uncommonly known subjects. Like the earth and moon were equal in size until they collided and formed what we now call the earth and other unusual facts. They made it a point to walk on the other side of the street when they walked past my apartment .
Nice polite people: no thanks I am a Buddist.
Pushy obnoxious people: get off my property and never come back!
The worst was on a cold, blustery winter day, temps in the low 30's with major wind chill. Huge guy in floor-length heavy overcoat, boots, scarf, mittens came to my door carrying a tiny little girl, maybe 4, wearing nothing but a pink party dress & dress shoes with ankle socks. I told him if he didn't get that child into proper outdoor clothing in the next 3 minutes I was calling the police. Apparently Gawd wants children to get frostbite so my soul will be saved?