I mean how do they know that I'm not going to live forever anyway? I just can't bear that assumption that someone has all the answers. No-one has all the answers *hops off soap box*
I think it is really, really rude. I would actually love to see laws restricting religions, sales people and charities from door knocking. I think it shouldn't be an opt out system, but rather an opt in- so if you are happy to speak to door knockers, you display a sticker saying so. No sticker=no door knock.
Just a couple of days ago I was settling DD when a man rang the bell, paused, bashed on the security door and rang the bell again. I didn't answer as I was obviously busy. 15 mins later, after I had just gotten her to sleep, same thing- bell, bash, bell, bash! I was furious! I opened the door and told him so, as well. He was selling electricity though.
We get JWs here though, sometimes at 9 am on a Sunday- I find it horribly rude and invasive but at least they don't pound the door down.
I am a definite Atheist - and at times (depending on the actual conversation, an anti-theist)... but door knockers, religious or not - don't actually bother me that much.
My screen door is always locked, it doesn't get opened - so I feel safe.
Depending on the time of day - (ie - not feral tea time o'clock) - I am quite happy to particpate in a conversation regarding the subject they are selling. If they are willing to go out and put forward their ideas, they need to be prepared for an alternative opinion and questions, IMO.
I am never rude.
I have had a JW quote Darwin [misquote/quote mine I should say] to me, trying to get around the idea of evolution...I have since (oooh - after a conversation here on BH if memory serves me well!) ..googled the JW literature, and found all the things they are 'taught' to present whilst on their outings - so if anyone is interested in being 'prepared' for your next encounter - just google.
My mother - years ago - was visited regularly by teh local JWs and started attending the Kingdom Hall, with me as a 4 year old in tow. It didn't last for long..so I wouldn't call it a 'conversion'.
Just ordered our sticker
I made a spur of the moment sign with A4 paper and Niko pen once when we had very frequent door knockers and dd was only a new born and a few had woken her up after me just putting her down, the worst was when we would both be sleeping and they would wake us both, especially as we have dogs who bark the house down when someone knocks.
It read along the line of..
"DO NOT KNOCK I HAVE A SLEEPING BABY! PLEASE DO NOT WAKE HER"
Didn't work.. People just started yelling at the front door " HELLO" with little frequent taps on the glass panels of the front door.
Use to infuriate me.
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