The image above shows the signage in our front window. I figure that the "neighborhood watch" one is pretty common and therefore self-explanatory. The second "no preaching" one is a little less common, but when I put it in the window I still expected that people would figure it out.
What do you think? Is it clear?
Our little housing development is a favorite with missionaries, I assume because one can annoy a large number of people with relatively little physical exertion.
We get a lot of Jehovah's Witnesses. Even though they mostly only speak Spanish, I'd have thought our sign would warn 'em off. Nope.
Then, a few weeks ago we got a new breed altogether. This visit was from two young men, one obviously the tutor training the "new guy." While I was cooking dinner, I saw the tutor look at the sign in my window, and then peer through my window at my child playing on the floor. It was late afternoon and still light out, so I didn't have the blinds closed.
Within moments, the student missionary rang the bell, his dementor apparently keeping a safe distance out on the sidewalk.
The dude starts in on his spiel about how he's with the church of something or other. I stop him in the middle by saying, "This home does not accept religious solicitations." "Yes..." he says. "We have a sign in the window to that effect. Good evening." And I closed the door.
I don't know much about the missionary mindset, but I wonder what would compel anyone other than a cretin or a criminal to intrude someplace where they are not welcome. If I have asked them to stay away, why waste their breath on those who will clearly be "ungrateful" for their efforts? Spend your time going after the clearly gullible, I say! And if your deity values my personal space so little that you are compelled to get all up in it, what would I gain by joining your little dogma circle?
This problem of inconsiderate missionaries isn't likely to go away any time soon. As long as there are people out there convinced that they have the only path to the Truth, there's going to be some creep knocking on my door.
My own personal code of conduct really doesn't let me be rude to strangers. I especially can't be obnoxious to someone who honestly appears to be trying to do a "good" thing. The trouble is, by disregarding that sign in my window I think that a missionary cedes credibility regarding benign intent and should be taken to task for it.
What do you do when missionaries come to your door?