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Are you polite when religious folks come to your home?

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*edit* I just noticed a big typo lol. It should have been I am not of their faith not I am. I thought that may be obvious since I mentioned I was not sure of things about them, but just incase :)

I just had some Jehovah witnesses ( I believe they mention they attend Kingdom Hall which I think is what they call church?) stop by. My German Shepard was barking the moment their tires touched my drive way so I greeted them on my porch unsure of who they were. I was polite and took their booklet and answered their question ( do I think god intended for the world to be plagued by war? To which I said I would hope not) and let them read one very short sentence from their bible and they were on their way. They did not try to convert me, no real preaching at all, never even said where in town their church was located.

Now I am not of their faith but i think in the end all religions boil down to the same stuff. But I remember as a child my grandmother would have us crawl on the floor and avoid windows so they wouldn't see us. I spent less then 3 minutes with them. No real disrupt to my day, but they seemed happy I didn't shoo them off the property. Just because I don't agree with them I don't think I should make it harder on them to do as they believe. I want to think going door to door is a requirement for their faith.

So yeah, anyone else polite to them even if you don't practice the faith of whoever shows up at your door? Or do most hide or tell them to go away?
by on Jul. 8, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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by on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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 I've had one person come to our home, we live in the country. I was outside with the weim rabbit hunting. He'd just caught one and was in the process of eating it. The back legs were sticking out of the sides of his mouth. He ran over and slobbered all over her. I'm amazed she didn't cry.

by Anonymous 5 on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I don't answer the door, they have woken up my sleeping baby & caused me to burn meals. They have leaned on my doorbell and just about driven me INSANE. No number of 'no soliciting' signs seem to help. I would report them to the police if it would stop them.

by on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

 I wanna hear the story.... 

Quoting jarkrt:

I don't answer the door anymore when they come, especially after what happened to that other CM member's DH.


by on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I don't hide. I don't tell them to go away. I saw "No thank you, I am Catholic" and close the door.

By taking their booklet, I'm costing them money because it is going straight to the trash. By letting them read to me, I'm wasting their time. The politest thing I can do is tell them no thank you before they waste their time.

Jesus isn't missing. We do not need to find him.

by Silver Member on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Yes we are polite but also firm in our beliefs and make that clear in the nicest way possinle
by on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM
That makes sense. If they tried to tell me I was doomed it probably would have been much different.

Quoting Rain2Rinse:

As long as they are polite, I return the favor. When they shift the tone of the conversation, my mood changes and a door is usually slammed.
by on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:01 AM

 I don't hide in my own house, I don't care if they can see me in the window sitting on the couch, I don't answer. If they catch me in public I take the paper, say thanks and turn/walk away. I have a no soliciting sign so only younger salesman/kids ever knock though.

by on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I personally don't answer the door if I'm  not expecting anyone. But I would not be rude to any solicitor if I did happen to answer, like I'm not rude to salespeople at the mall trying to get me to buy their cell phones or perfumes. I just say something like "I'm not interested, thanks." I wouldn't take anything they offered though, and I wouldn't want them to waste their time by launching into some spiel that I don't agree with in the first place.

But I also don't get why people go to such great lengths to avoid them. My grandma likes to tell the story of how she accidentally set the kitchen on fire hiding from Jehovah's Witnesses. I guess it's funny, but it always seemed so weird to me.

by Loree on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 8, 2013 at 11:02 AM

i usually see them coming before they get there or our neighbors call to tell me, same with solicitors.

Quoting lasombrs:

Do you know it's them and not answer or you don't answer for anyone? I always wonder if its important since I live in the woods and no one just randomly comes by. I think this was the first time ever except for election time since I moved to nh

Quoting Anonymous:

no because i dont answer the door when they come.

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