We had a visit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses this morning. I really don’t understand why they keep coming back. Every time they stop by, I try to shock them into putting us on their “stay away” list, but I think I may just be encouraging them.
I’m always polite to them because their demeanor is always so respectful. Maybe I should rethink my definition of respectful, though, since knocking uninvited upon a stranger’s door to tell them about your religion isn’t exactly respectful. Hmmm.
When they first started showing up a few years ago, I would tell them, “Thank you, but I’m Pagan.” Then I would smile and close the door in their faces. You have to close the door in their faces or be prepared to get into a debate with them. You see, they seem to be quite fascinated with Paganism. They know exactly what it is, and they’re always willing to talk to you about it. And not in a fire and brimstone sort of way. They honestly want to have an open discussion, not an argument. So, unless you have an hour or so to invite them in for coffee, it’s best to politely close the door. In their faces.
Since telling them I’m Pagan didn’t work, I started telling them I’m Pagan, happy with my choice of religion, and don’t care to convert. Thank you. And closing the door in their faces. That didn’t work, either.
The conversation this morning went something like this:
JW: Good morning. ::sincere smile:: We’d like to talk to you about the things going on in the world these days.
Me: Oh! Terrible, isn’t it? ::sincere smile:: Fortunately, I’m a Witch and I find great comfort in my chosen religion.
JW: Oh, really? ::peering curiously through the screen door:: Wel-
Me: Yes, really. I’m a Witch and have no desire to convert. Thanks for stopping by. ::closing the door in their faces::
I really do hope that’s the last time they show up, but I don’t believe this is it. A month from now, maybe two, they’ll be out there again, wanting to talk about what’s going on in the world, wanting to leave material for me to read. I must be on their “whomever manages to convert this one gets a heavenly gold star” list or something. They just keep coming back.