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  • There'll be no scene if you just tell them that you aren't in the least interested in their religion and ask them to never return. Then, just shut the door, don't allow them to respond.

    If they return, point out to them that in most jurisdictions continuing to solicit after you have been told to leave is criminal trespass and suggest that they leave immediately.

    • Won't work. They'll leave this time, but be back in a few months. There's no "Do Not Call" list for religious nuts.

      There are procedures involving writing a letter, but implementation at the congregational level is spotty at best. Average intelligence of JWs is not great, and personal consideration is quite low.

      I recommend freaking them out with occult symbols and objects. That'll spook 'em. They may even warn their friends not to go.

      • Funny. I've always found "Sorry, we're Jewish." to be simple, polite and quite effective. :-)
        • Hm. Well, I can't argue with success. But I know that when I was the irritator (as opposed to the irritatee), I wouldn't let a simple thing like Jewishness stop me. So maybe you've been lucking into the bottom, oh, 75 percent of the motivated and trained.
          • Maybe. There have been times where I had to politely repeat myself a few times. Usually, after the only response they get is "Sorry, we're Jewish", to each of five consecutive questions, even the heartiest witness seems to get the idea.

            Of course, this strategy doesn't work at all when dealing with Chabadniks []. :-)

        • I always thought the JWs got bonus points if they could convert a Jew - an original dissentor, so that remark would just encourage them. I mean really, if you can convert a Jew, you can convert anyone. Open a school and give lessons.

          As for myself, as I know that no friend of mine would knock on the door Saturday morning, soI just stay in bed and don't answer the door. If they can't reach you they can't convert you, that's my motto.