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post #31 of 55
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Thanks for all the suggesstions!! For now, I've made a nice looking 4x6 sign on Adobe Photoshop and printed it out on photo paper that says "No soliciting, religious or otherwise". I think that's all encompassing, and hopefully should send the message the next time they show up and we're not home. We're going to lock our screendoor too so they can't stick stuff in it.

My husband came home last night and joked that we should have all of our gay and lesbian friends over (we have many) for a dinner party then invite the Jehovah's Witnesses in to join us
post #32 of 55
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Originally Posted by alwaysaangel View Post
I have family who are Jehova's Witnesses, and honestly if you simply tell them exactly what you said "I'm very happy with my religion, I would appreciate it if you would stop coming by" - they will stop.


I was going to say the same thing. Just tell them (or put a sign out) that says you're happy with your current faith and wish not to seek another.

As harassing as they seem its part of their religion to spend a year going door to door spreading their faith...so I do sort of feel bad for them as they're away from their family that long. However they still can be a nuisance after a while.
post #33 of 55
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As harassing as they seem its part of their religion to spend a year going door to door spreading their faith...so I do sort of feel bad for them as they're away from their family that long. However they still can be a nuisance after a while.
Given how many people are annoyed by them coming to our doors and also given that it's necessary to do this for a year... it really makes me wonder how many people they actually convert....
post #34 of 55
Lately we've been getting a lot of kids showing up with some "please buy this (magazine, candy bar, whatever) so I can earn money for (college, camp, whatever) and those annoy me more than anyone, because they are more persistent about not taking no for an answer.

Now I have a peephole and just don't answer it. I don't care if they know I"m home or not.
post #35 of 55
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I was going to say the same thing. Just tell them (or put a sign out) that says you're happy with your current faith and wish not to seek another.

As harassing as they seem its part of their religion to spend a year going door to door spreading their faith...so I do sort of feel bad for them as they're away from their family that long. However they still can be a nuisance after a while.
I thought it was just young mormoms who went on the year-long mission to do this. JWs have the same year-long mission?
post #36 of 55
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I was going to say the same thing. Just tell them (or put a sign out) that says you're happy with your current faith and wish not to seek another.

As harassing as they seem its part of their religion to spend a year going door to door spreading their faith...so I do sort of feel bad for them as they're away from their family that long. However they still can be a nuisance after a while.
Yeah, I dont think that JWs do missions, only mormons do.
post #37 of 55
I just thank them and tell them i have my own faith, and usually their fine with that.
post #38 of 55
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Given how many people are annoyed by them coming to our doors and also given that it's necessary to do this for a year... it really makes me wonder how many people they actually convert....
I really do wonder... probably not a whole lot.

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I thought it was just young mormoms who went on the year-long mission to do this. JWs have the same year-long mission?
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Yeah, I dont think that JWs do missions, only mormons do.
This is just from one JW that I knew 10 years ago. He said that he was required to travel around witnessing door-to-door. They may not be doing this nationally though, from what I just read (double checking) they stay within the region. I do remember as a kid though that the Mormons rarely came around. We mostly hid from the JW's.
post #39 of 55
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Well, people peddling their religion, irk me. I do not subscribe to any organized religion, and I certainly don't subscribe to any bible stories, or the fairy tail of the earth being created by G-d in 7 days. Don't believe in the tooth fairy, or the easter bunny.

I find it offensive that some religions have the arrogance and total disregard for others' religious beliefs or lack there of , that they feel entitled to stuff pamphlets, shove them in you face on the street, and have the nerve to disturb you in the privacy of your home.

Why aren't they cruising the drug infested, crime ridden ghettos, where people need all the help they can get? No they are busy invading nice quiet neighborhoods.

They can all go to hell as far as I am concerned.

Oh my! Gail loves cats, but 'most everybody else better watch out!

I'm sorry, I really don't mean to make fun -- because the truth is, I feel largely the same way you do. But I try to bear in mind that a lot of these people are victims of their religious leaders, manipulated into believing that this is God's will for them. (At least, the sincere ones are -- I'm sure many supposedly religious solicitors are just savvy con artists.)

My point is, most of these people honestly believe they're doing good work. They're doing what they've been taught to believe is right... and as long as they stop short of harrassing women entering clinics where abortions are performed (or murdering the doctors who perform them), I accept that their intentions are good. That doesn't make them any less annoying, but I accept it!

You have such a good point there, that they ought to be witnessing to people in the grip of poverty, violence, and addiction, for whom a little religious inspiration might be genuinely helpful! I wonder if they have such a program.

Finally: I don't even believe in hell, and I gather that you don't, either, but... if it did exist, you wouldn't really wish it on anyone, would you?

Personally, I hope everybody finds what he hopes to find after death -- except for the truly evil people, the ones who know perfectly well what they're doing, know the effect it's having, and continue to do wrong.

Upon those evil people, I wish the curse of Enlightenment -- so they can go through the afterlife fully aware of how monstrously wrong they were, and how much pain they caused. Surely that would be far worse than any hell we might imagine...
post #40 of 55
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My point is, most of these people honestly believe they're doing good work. They're doing what they've been taught to believe is right... and as long as they stop short of harrassing women entering clinics where abortions are performed (or murdering the doctors who perform them), I accept that their intentions are good. That doesn't make them any less annoying, but I accept it!
The pro-life people believe their intentions are good in their murdering and harrassing. A terroist thinks his intentions are good in his suicide bombing.

My point is, if you are harrassing others in the name of your religion, to any degree, regardless of your intentions, regardless of your limited intelligence, you are a blight on society and most likely a self righteous, self serving, hypocrite, IMO.

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Finally: I don't even believe in hell, and I gather that you don't, either, but... if it did exist, you wouldn't really wish it on anyone, would you?
I use this as a figure of speech, but yes, if it did exist, I would certainly wish it on plenty of people.

Feel free to use these comments to further demonstrate your superiority to me.
post #41 of 55
Oh for pete's sake. It's not superiority -- as I said, I'm agreeing with you! I just wanted to suggest a line drawn between honest proselytizers and the crazed fanatics who actually become cruel, aggressive, and even murderous in the name of their religions.

I guess I didn't really believe you meant to say something so hostile, and I was trying to reach out to you in a pleasant way with something more like what I thought you really meant. I'm sorry that I was mistaken.
post #42 of 55
I was accosted at my garage sale by a religious fanatic! he said that god told him the world was coming to an end next year, so look out everyone I have never been visited at home by a JW, I don't think they come to trailer parks
post #43 of 55
Hang an American flag outside your house somewhere. If they see it, they won't stop....trust me, it works!
post #44 of 55
I believe in most cases if you politely tell them you are not interested and would prefer they not come back, they will listen. I don't think there is any need for us to be nasty to someone who is just doing their "job" so to speak.
post #45 of 55
I find that JWs are a lot harder to shake than the mormons. I actually like it when the mormons come around because it's usually a couple of young guys who really have never been in a real city before. I try to befriend them and have actually succeeded in "converting" a few of them to a life of sin (social drinks, coffee, etc.). They are usually pretty good at pairing up the fanatic ones with the easily distracted ones, so it's actually not as easy as it sounds.


Now with JW, I've heard a lot of tricks about turning them away. The ones I've been faced with don't react to a simple "no thank you", so I've had to employ more creative ways of getting rid of them. What always works is politely saying that I am atheist, however my roommate who is a satanist (I have no roommate) holds a church-like gathering at the house weekly, and she loves reviewing pamphlets from other religions and discussing them with her following. This usually results in a hasty retreat where I don't even get offered the pamphlets. I've heard that they are forbidden from entering any "church", so saying that your home is used as a church might help.
post #46 of 55
I should add that I ALWAYS buy girl scout cookies and things from established groups like that. Other than girl scout cookies, if someone comes soliciting with a child, I always try to talk only to the child. I ask them questions about animals and kid-friendly stuff. If the adult starts getting nervous or if the kid behaves abnormally when spoken to, it raises red flags in my mind. There are cults and groups that exploit children, and the child is the best window to determining if you are facing one of them.

That said, I have been visited by local churches, or childrens groups and when I ask if I can visit them at their location, I am promptly welcomed to an event or something. I feel much more comfortable contributing to my community once I've seen an established presence. I have contributed many times to churches that organize camps and events for poor children even though I am atheist.
post #47 of 55
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I should add that I ALWAYS buy girl scout cookies and things from established groups like that...
Oh gosh -- I'd better explain quick, before I get attacked again: the reason I don't buy Girl Scout cookies is that I'm DIABETIC.
post #48 of 55
Have I walked into the Twillight Zone or am I over looking something?
post #49 of 55
to CarolPetunia

I never buy the cookies because they are too expensive Love the little chocolate coconut ones, though
post #50 of 55
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Have I walked into the Twillight Zone or am I over looking something?
(music to twilight zone) dodo dodo, dodo dodo, dadadada.

I don't buy girlscout cookies because they have bad ingredients like hi fructose corn syrup, unless they cleaned up their act. The other reason I don't buy them, is the girlscouts don't sell them, the parents do. WE get invaded at work with them. dodo dodo...............
post #51 of 55
I must admit I am a big sucker for Thin Mints. It takes a lot of will power for me to walk away from them.
post #52 of 55
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Oh gosh -- I'd better explain quick, before I get attacked again: the reason I don't buy Girl Scout cookies is that I'm DIABETIC.
I didn't mean it like that... I ALWAYS buy the cookies, cause for one I can't resist the temptation, and two, I at least know there is a legitimate organization behind them. I don't even buy cookies in the store, but those little coconut numbers...
post #53 of 55
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Originally Posted by Bonnie1965 View Post
Love the little chocolate coconut ones, though
They have chocolate coconut ones now?

Y'know, I once thought of becoming a Jehovah's Witness, but I wasn't ready to commit -- so I'm just a Jehovah's Bystander.
post #54 of 55
i would say that this thread has stopped being about how to deal with solicitors and has moved into bashing, people of a different faith.
post #55 of 55
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i would say that this thread has stopped being about how to deal with solicitors and has moved into bashing, people of a different faith.
You have a point there, and I'm therefore closing the thread.
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