No Solicitors.

Via on Dec 28, 2011

No proselytizing, please.

Whether you’re a Jehovah’s Witness, other Christian, Republican, liberal, vegan, anti-smoking, pro-drugs, whatever. Just lead by example—you’ll do your cause less harm, and more good.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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5 Responses to “No Solicitors.”

  1. Former Witness says:

    1. JWs are not seeking to change your religion. They are looking for people interested in hearing their message. They can give you a scriptural citation for why they do this if you ask.

    2. If you tell JWs to stop calling on you, they will make a note of that on their territory map and stop calling on you. They may check in every couple of years or so to see if someone new is at that address.

    I can’t speak to other denominations, but I believe that if you tell them to stop calling on you, they have to stop calling on you or face harassment charges.

  2. Pat says:

    People passing out religious tracts and invitations knock on my door a couple of times a year. I always remind myself that that Dalai Lama said be kind whenever possible; it's always possible. So I raise a smile and thank them for stopping by. I know they are following their own heart and mind and I respect anyone who does that. I take whatever they wish to hand me. I politely cut short any "conversation" since I have my own connection to spirit that I honor and will not change. This connection I have guides me to be kind to others, even those who knock on my door uninvited. Being annoyed, upset, or even outraged by any stimulus is always a personal choice. How would it be different if I / you / we always chose peace, instead?

  3. Phyllis says:

    In my experience, Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons often do not respond to a polite "no, thank you" – nor to a series of the same. They keep talking until you are forced to be the "rude" one and shut the door in their faces (and in some cases, they literally stick a foot in the door so that you can't close it). If politeness works, great, but when it doesn't, I'm not going to lose sleep over being "unkind" to someone who is intruding on me after I have made it clear that I am not interested.

  4. just my thoughts says:

    In my experience, Jehovah's Witnesses are friendly and courteous people. If you do not want to speak with them, or hear what they have to say, they will offer you a copy of The Watchtower and Awake and leave you alone. They are also very open to having great conversations about other religions and beliefs, world events and anything else you may be interested in discussing with them. I have had bad experiences with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; they have been very persistent, pushy and not willing to accept that I do not want to talk to, listen to or join them, or that I believe something other than what they believe. Most likely, it depends on the person that comes to your door. If they are rude to you, then it may be necessary to treat them the same way.

    • Guest says:

      Yeah, well I just caught one looking through my front window waving at me to come open the door. That's not very friendly or courteous..

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