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    Default How do you deal with bible thumpers?

    I've got some religion salesman hiking around my neighborhood as we speak. Dreading my turn. I don't want to start a debate on religion by any means, it's not the purpose of this thread. That being said, I see these people as potential threats. It seems like a really good cover to me for canvasing for easy robbery targets. Also, lets say they are sincerely doing as they claim. I think that is completely crazy. Ever heard of someone converting religions based on someone knocking on their door and giving some great, unrealized piece of information that changed their life? I bet heir success rate is very close to zero. I think these people are a little off and therefore don't trust them. How do you deal with these folks when they get to your door? They've got a child on the team so keep in mind I'll have to be fairly polite.
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    When they come to my door, I just tell them that I have all the religion I have room for and that I am more than able to go to my church any time I feel the need. Thank them and close the door. I also tell them not to leave any litter on my property or I will have to have law enforcement take care of it.
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    Its handled pretty much the same way in my home. Other times when they catch me outside, as it is obvious who they are and what they want while they are walking towards me I cut them off by saying simply. "I appreciate what you are doing, but I am not interested in changing my beliefs." Then ignore them.
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    Nobody with a Bible or Jehovah Literature has knocked on my door in more than 15 years. The 1st time it was 2 women with JW literature. I opened the door dressed only in a pair of cut-off dungarees. Before they had time to start their speech, I told them politely but firmly that my wife was a Christian and was happy with the church she attended. I however, was an Atheist, and they were not welcome in my house or on my property, and I closed the door. The second time, it was a middle-aged man and a younger man. The elder of the 2 had his Bible open, and asked if he could "quote from the Scripture." I gave them the same speech I gave the 2 JW women, closed the door, and haven't been bothered since. I look at it this way: I know what I believe and what I don't. I don't try to change anybody else's mind, and I expect the same courtesy from everybody else.
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    I had reservations about opening this thread but it seems to be respectful and decent so I'll throw my story out there.

    I was born and raised in the Mormon cult. Often, Mormons, et al, are offended when you call their church a cult but the reality it, it's just a descriptive term which accurately applies here, particularly with regard to the short definitions of the term. The real depth of using the term, "cult," penetrates to the core of a lot of problems with which I'm familiar on a deep, gut-wrenching level. The profanity with which I should describe this particular cult should not be used on this forum.

    Before I go much further, please understand that I don't despise Mormons as people, mostly just their church. As far as the people go, I hold them in the same regard as any other person which is to say, I judge them by their behavior and their talk on an individual level. It's interesting to me how often you can tear down a church verbally and the adherents take it personally and get riled up about it!

    There are other cults out there which are just as bad as Mormons, some which are only slightly worse and others which are barely even "cultish." That is to say that as an enterprise, Mormonism is quite a way down the ladder of evil entities, again, no true disrespect to the adherents of the religion. I will say that many of their people don't really know about the teachings of their church, nor are they willing to learn more about it.

    I've been on both sides of the religious fence. That is to say that any general criticism I can make about any practice of Mormons used to apply to me. It's one of the reasons I can make those criticisms: I've been there, done that!

    I used to be one of those guys in a white shirt and tie, paired up with a roommate, riding a bicycle to a neighborhood to knock on doors and peddle our particular brand of religion. Sales was always slow and the efforts were generally pointless. The eighteen people who I convinced to sign on the dotted line were no longer active members within a year or two. So much for adding to the ranks!

    About 14 years ago, I had an epiphany about the whole thing and kicked it to the curb. For a bit, I was angry but I realized that my further prayers to god had gone unanswered and that it wasn't just a Mormon thing. At that point, I became an atheist and have remained so ever since. The funny thing about that is, when I tell others of this event, I get chided for not praying right or not praying to the right Jesus or not doing any number of other dozen different things but the common meme between all such criticisms is this: It's somehow my fault that god didn't answer my prayers. Mormonism taught pretty much the same thing, ergo, if god didn't answer my prayers, somehow, I was the one to blame.

    Turning atheist was part and parcel to the realization that it wasn't my fault at all and I walked away from it all, free of the guilt and fear that had always been foisted upon me by Mormonism specifically and by religion in general.

    None of that is to say that I despise all people who believe in god or their particular brand of worship. I don't. I understand, quite deeply, where they are coming from and why they believe as they do. Sometimes, moreso than they do which in my never-to-be-humble opinion, is unfortunate but that may be more fully explained in another post or discussion.

    These days, every facet of my life is much better than it ever was when I adhered to a belief in god. It simply can't be denied. It's why I'm confident that I'll never look back and resume a faith to that church or any other.

    With all of that said, I should point out that I'm not evil by any stretch of the imagination. I don't have horns a tail or cloven hoofs. I didn't kick Mormonism to the curb so I could live a life of guilt-free debauchery. I'm just not the type. I still believe in treating people well and that is the crux, I believe, of being able to live a wonderful life.

    As a former Mormon, I can assure you I know ALL about it. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


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    I'm never rude to those who would try to recruit me, I am courteous. Not polite. Just as I am to unsolicited phone salesmen who call during dinner. While I understand their "need" to do what they do, they must understand mine to not participate and the fact that there is no room for negotiation.

    The best way I've ever seen the door-to-door peddlers dealt with was many yrs ago, soon after I acquired my first AR-15. We had just returned from the range and it was the first time my wife had ever shot an AR. She was learning all she could about the weapon; of course, that includes how to clean and lube it.

    So we were going about cleaning all the weapons we had taken with us. Me on some handguns, she on the AR. Right after she cracked open the AR and removed the bolt carrier assembly and charging handle, comes a'ringing our friendly neighborhood proseletist. She opened the door with the rifle in one hand and we haven't been visited since.
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    When we first moved out here we were visited by a Witness. I walked out on the porch with a revolver on my hip. We talked for a bit and I told him I have my own beliefs and was not interested in anything else. Then we chatted about the woods and hunting and stuff. It was fairly pleasant.
    Then, I was working a few weeks later and Lil W was a baby. They kept ringing the doorbell constantly until they woke up Lil. My wife was getting scared. Then a few weeks later they came back while she was feeding Lil. Again they practically stood on the door bell for a LLLLOOOOONNNNGGGG time. Ridiculous.

    I am done being polite and nice.
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    I treat all the snake oil salesmen the same, whatever religion they are selling. Hereabouts we are just as likely to get democrats or environmental loonies as Witnesses or Mormons, but they are all religious nuts with slightly different religions. I listen to them for about ten seconds and then say "No thanks" and close the door. Keep an eye until they are clear of the fence without causing mayhem or littering. They never come back, but there are always more loons where these came from.
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    Beat fire with fire. Women be quoting scripture at you? Quote it back and close the door.

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    Access to my doors requires a person to come inside the fence. I haven't had anyone knock on my doors for some time...... They weigh 80 pounds apiece... Rico is Pit/Boxer mix, and Luka is a Shepherd/Husky/Chow mix

    I do not deal with bible thumpers, or any other door-to-door folks. I have delegated that responsibility, and it works well.
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