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    07-21-2013, 09:34 PM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    

That being said, this is horribly awful and I probably shouldn't admit it but what the heck right? It was the third day in a row that the same group of Jehovah's witnesses had stopped at my house and they were pretty darn pushy & rude about it. The 2nd time I asked them to leave and the woman tried to push her way into my house. Needless to say it irked me. The third time when she tried to invite herself in I couldn't help myself and said "Well, we were just about to sacrifice a goat, come on in and join me!" They never came back after that.
Jehovah Witnesses aren't generally that obnoxious. Entering your home uninvited is classified as breaking and entering...I would have had no issue with calling the police, although, she wouldn't have gotten past my two dogs in the first place. "Sure..c'mon in..the girls haven't had their dinner yet....."
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    07-21-2013, 09:37 PM
I'm an atheist. A few months back some Mormons biked up my 1/4 mile gravel drive way and asked if my parents were home. I told them it was posted no trespassing (we've got 4 signs In a 20 foot stretch a fence) and they lied and said they hadn't seen them. I told them that lying is a sin. They pedaled back like they were in the Tour De France.

Anyone who comes on my property is met with my WORST attitude.
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    07-21-2013, 09:48 PM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
I wouldn't call myself an atheist but I don't know what I am. I believe in something greater than us but what that is I don't know and have a hard time accepting what a book (any book) tells me to believe.
Look up Agnostic, it's what I consider myself.

Out of curiosity I took an online "what religion am I" test and it came out Neo Quaker which made me laugh. My mother was raised catholic and my father was raised non religious. But my dad's mom was catholic but his dad was a quaker so they decided their kids could do what they wanted. Shows how beliefs go from generation to generation even when parents try not to instill any belief in their kids. FYI, my parents raised both my sister and I as non religious.
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    07-21-2013, 09:52 PM
Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA    
You mean like when the Atheists which are 4% of the US population try to push their agenda on the 77% Christian population in the US?

No, Im pretty sure they mean people barging into your house in the name of "their" god, or people that claim all Jews/muslims/Buddhists. ..any flavor but their own is going to hell for believing something different. Actually.

Or the whole anti choice, sinners feel free to die by coathanger lobby, just because you have a different opinion. So many examples!

Ps. My hubby is a Christian and DD has expressed interest in Wicca. I could care less. I think everyone is entitled to their beliefs as long as their beliefs arent infringing on the rights of others. Would be nice if zealots would extend the rest of us the same courtesy...
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    07-21-2013, 09:53 PM
Well this is what I do......but then again why wouldn't I do this, I am an insufferable annoyance am I not?

    07-21-2013, 09:58 PM
    07-21-2013, 10:15 PM
I don't think I've ever had anyone try to foist their beliefs on me, or convert me. Except for the JW's at the door of course and all they really want to do is give me a leaflet which goes straight in the recycling.

Son's school in England before we came to Canada was a church school, but most Church of England schools don't evangelise so much as occasionally refer to god at Christmas and Easter. However, one day he came home from school (kindergarten) with some Creationism leaflets from some visiting Church folk. I had words with the teacher and I went out and bought a whole pile of 'how the universe was formed in a big bang' and 'the story of evolution' books. He's now a committed atheist and sometimes gets into heated debates with friends at school who are not. He's seven.....

So I try to teach him to a) respect their beliefs and b) not get into theological debates.
    07-21-2013, 10:24 PM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
I wouldn't call myself an atheist but I don't know what I am. I believe in something greater than us but what that is I don't know and have a hard time accepting what a book (any book) tells me to believe. I am respectful of others and their religious choices and expect the same in return.
This is how I am, and my family doesn't understand. I put it this way "Accept one religion, and be forever judged and hated by everyone else, or accept every(and therefore no) religion and everyone wants to recruit you"

Still not happy with it, but with a few christian friends, two wiccans and a few I'm not even sure what, it keeps the peace. That being said, if someone gets pushy with me, I start discussing the clear relationships between different religions, and how they are basically all the same with a few names changed and slightly different rules. They can't handle that and usually just give up after that.
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    07-21-2013, 10:25 PM
My biggest thing is that I can't wrap my head around the idea of God. I don't believe in heaven and hell, I'm not sure what happens after we die as I do believe in ghosts / spirits (I'm half convinced my barn is haunted, but it might just be creepy). I believe in good and evil, etcetc. I don't KNOW that there isn't a God, but I choose not to accept any religion and I don't live my life to please something that may or may not exist (especially because I don't believe in heaven or hell...). I can't fathom any religion based around a supposedly 'all good' and 'all powerful' being that created the universe, because I don't believe that any God that created OUR universe and has control of our universe could be all good, due to the crazy amount of unnecessary suffering you see day to day. I also could never accept the idea of living my life for anyone or anything but myself- I see people who give the credit for all the good in their lives to God and it makes me sick to my stomach, or I see someone who can only value themselves because 'God' loves them. To me that isn't the type of life I would like to live, it's not a very good way to live, and I don't like being told that it's how I SHOULD be living and while that might be extreme (or not, depending) at the heart of it all the values are there and I don't agree with them. I don't think that makes me any less of a good person, but I've been told on a couple occasions that it does, in fact, hurt my level of 'good'.
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    07-21-2013, 10:30 PM
Do the same thing I do when atheists tell me I'm stupid for believing in fairy tales and/or magic.

I put on my serious, 'why would you talk to me face,' and say, "Thank you for your concern." If they persist, and they rarely do, I say, "Go away."

People who criticize the beliefs of others and belittle people for their beliefs aren't interested in communication and understanding.

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