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?
To test the waters with a believer - if you want a laugh try - A wise friend of mine would shake his head and with a straight face say, "Oh no, I'm a vegetarian."
If you are trying to be logical with them it won't work. They have wiped that slate clean long ago.
In general believers believe, I believe they need confrontation- they need belief for many reasons - early childhood indoctrination, inability to accept their real worth in the universe, it molds neatly with the other belief nationalism, death scares them, they want to exist by a rule book which makes "THEM" more important in the universe and offers them a reward for using their particular religious playbook (bible, koran - any collection of ancient superstitions/ magic) and they get the DEAL..eternal life in heaven. Also a benefit is social grouping, shared holidays and warm fuzzies which accompany that often reinforced with song, chanting or tongues.
I actually have a few prewritten bullet-pointed arguments ready to roll out when they start their spiel. I live in an apartment complex that houses two pairs of the bicycle riders, one male pair, and one female pair. I get the knock on my door about once a month.
I first saw the male pair, then when they saw that I live with a female roommate, they sent the female pair. Now, I think they are alternating, and also sending other bicycle pairs to try to convert me.
Each time, 4 now, I lay out, or continue, an argument against the existence of a god. The first was, Imperfection begotten from Perfection which then shot down their subsequent free will argument. Then the all-knowing God creating suffering, and infinite punishment for finite sins.
Next up, the imperfect revelation of his word, and how we are supposed to navigate life's problems which he could easily solve, with a manual so difficult to decipher that it has spawned 40,000 different sects of Christianity. I think I might offer them drugs if I get tired of them, but right now, it's a sport.
I think their church has promised them bonus "spirit wives" on their own planet if they convert me because these little bastards are TRYING!!
I listen politely and say no thank you. If they persist I just stare at them and smile until they ask their next question which is usually, how certain are you that your soul is going to heaven today? To which I reply no thank you nodding and smiling. By then they are wondering what's wrong with me. I continue the polite no thank you's and awkward smiling until I just slowly close the door. I think they are relieved that I close it. They don't come back until a new batch comes to town. They think I'm out of my mind. Works like a charm.
I've not met a door knocker in a very long time however my response is first and foremost to be polite. "Thank you, but no thank you. Have a nice day." That being said I live in a town densely populated with Mormons. I find that when they ask if I am a member, and I say no, the conversation doesn't press. They tend to stone up a bit and the interaction ends very swiftly, but it's never been confrontational.
I have a pentagram hanging on the wall behind the door, so when I open the door they can see it. I tell them I'm a pagan and while I like the teachings of their God. I prefer my Gods and my idea of the after-life. That usually freaks them out enough to go away. lol