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It's been a long time since I had some holy rollers come to my house ...
Well - Saturday, while I was out in the yard, I saw them approaching - two men and a young boy. I approached and asked if I could help them, and one man said "we'd love to talk about the Bible with you".
I wasn't feeling particularly adversarial in any way - so I simply said " I don't want to waste your time - I'm an atheist" .
I saw the surprise in the man's face. He was speechless for a few beats. Then he said " I thank you for your candor, most people are not honest in that way" . I responded with " no problem - I respect where you're at , it's just not me. Peace"

We all smiled, I wished them well, and off they went.

I found the whole exchange to be satisfying.
So, there ya go !

evergreen 8 May 5

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8

The fact they didn’t try and convert you is refreshing. I haven’t had that same experience in the past.

7

Glad you were able to handle the encounter in the way YOU wanted to.

5

Well done.

5

Sounds like a group of nice folks having a pleasant exchange. Being civil to one another should be the norm. Well handled!

4

I’m glad he was respectful of your honesty and walked away without trying to convert you.
That’s how it should be.

4

Good for you! That is my choice - to state my belief and allow them to leave me alone without engaging in an argument or any rudeness.

4

Well done .

4

Courtesy and respect work.

4

The last time someone came to my door trying to push their religion I told them I’d give them 15 minutes to spew their bullshit as long as they give me 15 minutes to tell them exactly why what they spew is bullshit. They immediately apologized for bothering me, turned and walked away.

Funny how they were not willing to stand there and listen to a opposing opinion....

4

Nice! I am more used to the "But Whhhyyyy?" response, lol.

4

I will try that myself if you don’t mind. I don’t wish to waste my own time either! 😆

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Nice

4

well done. i always try to show them some respect.

4

If I'd said that, he would have said, "Yeah, I kind of guessed."

3

You need to get you one of those realistic looking plastic alligators, and a sign saying 'Solicitors Will be Eaten!'

no need - I can handle most folks just fine

3

that wasn't too bad.

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I attempted to check yes, for someone’s post and accidentally disappeared it...sorry! Hope you know who you are and can excuse me?

3

I seem to be off their list after my last encounter. They scared the crap out of a cat that was getting loving in my lap when they loudly approached. They weren't concerned about the cat. The elder just asked if I've always been "that way". I ignored them and comforted the coughing cat. They turned and left.

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@evergreen Usually works that way for me as well

2

That's great. I always try to start that way, but I've never had them take no for an answer. Maybe you can teach a class 😉

2

It would be nice if they were all that respectful of others! Most of the ones I talk to won't stop talking or accepting that I'm not interested. They continue to harangue until I slam the door or get irritated. I try not to, but fail often.

2

I will join in with the "well done" bunch......spread peace, not anger.....after all.. I was once as mis-guided as they......tomorrow they might be allies.

2

That's a nice exchange. Most of mine go that way but sometimes they still want me to "look at the trees."

2

Once I've said "atheist" they don't pay me any attention and launch into their pitch anyway.

When they give me a chance reply, they hang their head in shame and wander away to the next house.

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