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    Default Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

    How can I stop these religious people from ringing my doorbell every other week? I am within walking distance from one of their meeting places and
    every second week or so here they are knocking on my door and leaving
    their pamphlets all over my porch.
    I have told them not to come here, I have a right to my own beliefs, however, they don't agree with me. I am sick and tired of them and their
    attempt to convert me from my "misguided path in life".
    No trespassing signs don't work-they trespass anyway.

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    Default Re: Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

    I found that greeting them in my underwear while carrying a black candle and a bottle of Captain Morgan and offering them a smoke and/or a drink usually does the trick.

    Seriously, if your property is properly posted, warn them once in writing that you consider their visits trespassing, and then call the police next time they come and swear out a trespassing complaint.

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    Talking Re: Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

    Well being that I am a nudest I have signs on my fence stating that and ask that all clothing should be removed before approaching my door. I never have uninvited visitors. Also I have a picture of a very fat older lady on my porch with a sign that says, 'Just imagine getting naked with me.'

    I don't even have a paper boy anymore and my mail is now held at the post office for me.

    Funny thing is I belong to a religious group that knocks on others door and they don't even call on my house.

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    Default Re: Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

    I have a sign on my door that reads:

    NO:

    Soliciting. Except Girl Scouts. Gimme all your cookies.

    Proselytizing. We found Jesus already. Sneaky bastard was hiding under the bed. He cheats at hide and seek.

    Campaigning. We vote exclusively along Meadow Party lines. Bill and Opus!

    Questions? Read the doormat.
    The doormat says "GO AWAY".

    The ones who think the sign doesn't apply to them and want to start yapping anyway? They get asked if they are literate. Then they get asked if they know what a shotgun is. They leave rapidly and don't come back. I only get an illiterate every few months or so, now.
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    Default Re: Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

    I appreciate the answers. I do like to dazzle them with my "understanding"
    of a higher power. When I was asked by them (on a day I felt that I could
    get them to understand that I don't really care what they say or why they
    are saying it) what my idea of God was. My reply was that...."a very, very
    large woman-a black woman-who was extremely overweight........who is a
    lesbian". They were appalled. I was not being disrespectful to anyone, my
    point was (they couldn't understand this) they cannot prove to me what is
    right-what is wrong-it is what we believe. They insisted that it couldn't be
    true. Once again I asked them to prove it. As they left I told them that a
    belief is what you feel-you feel one way-I feel another way. If a God does
    exist then why must we take on the "old man in a throne, whiling away the
    hours up in heaven? That is tunnel vision.
    btw, I asked the police and they said the Supreme Court claims religious
    door knocking is not trespassing.
    Once again, we are what we are and I just think we should just be good to one another-------and not door knock re religion.

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    Default Re: Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

    "Can we tell you about [Religion X]?"

    "Sure. As long as I get equal time."

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    Default Re: Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

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    btw, I asked the police and they said the Supreme Court claims religious
    door knocking is not trespassing.
    Not exactly. It can still represent trespassing if the property is posted and/or if notification to the proselytizers has been formally given.

    The most recent decision WATCHTOWER BIBLE & TRACT SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, INC., et al. v. VILLAGE OF STRATTON et al. (one of many JW 1st amendment cases) involved the high court finding a town's law requiring advance registration for door-to-door canvassers violated the JW's 1st amendment rights. It did not legalize trespass by JW's.

    It is trespass if the property is specifically posted "No Trespassing" or "No Jehovah's Witnesses", and some courts have found JW's who violate such posted properties liable for damages. Most JW's have been instructed by their Halls to obey such signs. Note that "No Solicitation" is not the same, as the court has ruled that religious proselytizing is not solicitation.

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    Default Re: Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

    Can you tell me why they are allowed to do this in the first place? What is it about a religion that gives them the right? If I want their "product", I will ask for it. This still (to me) seems like solicitation. Why doesn't the court see it that way? Can you give me an idea why this permitted?

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    Default Re: Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

    This still (to me) seems like solicitation.
    But solicitation is not inherently illegal. If solicitation were completely illegal, we'd never have the joy of Girl Scout cookies or Boy Scout caramel corn.

    So long as you follow the rules, you can solicit all the live-long day.

    Chief among the rules? Obey the signs that say "No Trespassing", "No Proselytizing" and "No Godbothering On Pain Of Being Shot In The Ass".

    Post a sign, already.
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    Default Re: Stopping Religious People From Knocking On My Door

    Quote Quoting Danu
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    Can you tell me why they are allowed to do this in the first place? What is it about a religion that gives them the right? If I want their "product", I will ask for it. This still (to me) seems like solicitation. Why doesn't the court see it that way? Can you give me an idea why this permitted?
    Historical basis(and perhaps bias). Preaching is protected speech and they are not selling you anything, only trying to convert you. You can read some opinion on the various Supreme Court decisions (and by following links the decisions themselves) at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...%27s_Witnesses

    If you think you're tired of them knocking on your door, imagine how after 72 cases, the Justices feel!

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