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Old 11-04-2015, 07:55 AM
 
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Heh a friend always tells Jehovah Witnesses that come about knocking at your door, that they are Catholic (theyre not).

They say its like dumping scalding water on them - the turn tail and run down the path!
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:40 AM
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Jehovah's Witnesses in NY state would come to my back door because I might talk to them for 5 minutes, back then, at least say hello. My husband saw them and he told them "Don't come back." They hightailed it out...Hehe. Now, I see the suits and pamphlets and I say, "Do you go to heaven faster by annoying more people"? Mouths drop. They don't know what to say.

Someone started scripture reading to me a few mths. back, at work, and it was a hard day. "God loves you." Okay, this is all I need, "Ya right," I said and he ran, not walked. I could hear a few more words, but only in the faint distance as his shoes were shuffling fast...
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I am Church of Christ and I am contemplating living in Lubbock or Abilene someday and I live in Midland.Abilene is like mecca for the Church of Christ.
If you ever make it to Nebraska (Lincoln) drop in to one of our local congregations. Funny how singing acappella is so much more pleasing to the senses.
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:49 AM
 
Location: On the brink of WWIII
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Heh a friend always tells Jehovah Witnesses that come about knocking at your door, that they are Catholic (theyre not).

They say its like dumping scalding water on them - the turn tail and run down the path!
I was told answering the door in the nude has the same effect.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Anyone who hasn't had to bear the constant daily offensive officious jaysus pushing that is the norm in parts of the American South shouldn't be commenting here. I had to endure it for several years, and it made my life a misery. I definitely moved to the upper Midwest at least partly to get away from the jaysus pushers.

So, yes, MOVE, OP. But you really don't need to go far. Go to Austin. Or go West to West Texas (Alpine or El Paso) or New Mexico. If you choose to go north you'll have to get as far away as central Iowa before you can escape religious persecution.


Funny that people keep saying to not discuss religion with your friends, but don't realize that in these sorts of places you don't make friends without that discussion. I lived for more than 20 years in Kentucky and made only a few friends, either other non religious people or Catholics who don't care. It was all about who you were kin with, what high school you went to, or where you went to church. We weren't kin and we didn't go to the local high schools. Once you take church out of the picture you had nothing they were interested in.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I can't imagine any city the size of Dallas not having something to anyone's liking. It's a huge city and with that come a wide variety of interests and lifestyles.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:57 AM
 
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I'm more thankful than ever to live in NY. Seldom am I asked where I church. If I'm asked, I say I don't go. If they get all offended by that I've never noticed. The JWs leave when asked. No problem from or with them.

If you have to move to get away from certain people, maybe it's better and cheaper to grow a thicker skin? That's the stupidest excuse for moving.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:37 AM
 
Location: IL/IN/FL/CA/KY/FL
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I'm more thankful than ever to live in NY. Seldom am I asked where I church. If I'm asked, I say I don't go. If they get all offended by that I've never noticed. The JWs leave when asked. No problem from or with them.

If you have to move to get away from certain people, maybe it's better and cheaper to grow a thicker skin? That's the stupidest excuse for moving.
That's not the word I would have used, but as an athiest myself, I have lived in KY, IN, IL, FL and now CA, and haven't ever really dealt with overt pushiness toward religion. I consider myself to be a nice guy, and let me tell you - I thought I was a liberal when I moved to San Francisco. I quickly realized that a liberal in SF meant socialist. I am pretty sure that's similar in Portland. A Texas liberal is a conservative (unless you were in Austin already) to CA people. People have treated my wife and I like we were pond scum just because we could afford the crazy high rents in SF, mainly because they assume that we're part of the problem, since they don't have the money to afford the current rents and are hanging onto their rent controlled apartment as strongly as possible. Rude, vile people who are just as close-minded as the most extreme right-winger.

The grass isn't always greener. Luckily our reasons for moving to SF have panned out as we wanted, and we can move back to KY better off financially, but it was not an enjoyable 2 year stay otherwise (with some exceptions). We're excited to get back to an area where people are much nicer in general, who will help strangers if they fall, and bring meals when you're new to the neighborhood.

To me, a super religious area where people are incredibly kind overall in public is worth dealing with the religion question occasionally. If you're not personable, then maybe you don't care about that sort of thing.
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Heh a friend always tells Jehovah Witnesses that come about knocking at your door, that they are Catholic (theyre not).

They say its like dumping scalding water on them - the turn tail and run down the path!
This is true. Don't know why...My uncle reads and studies a lot of theology, and is a Catholic, and said that he has tried to engage them in conversation numerous times, but they can't hang, so to speak.

I spent the first part of my life in the Midwest, where Catholicism and Lutheranism were more or less ubiquitous, (two groups that don't recruit,) and its really a non issue and doesn't come up unless you want to marry one.

I think that in parts of the rural South, there is very little community outside of the Church. Once you get to even a medium sized city or even college town, there comes more diversity. I would not want to live in some parts of the very rural south for that reason.
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Old 11-04-2015, 01:39 PM
 
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Why not just stay where you are and try to grow a thicker skin? Depending on who and what is bothering you, a polite request to leave you alone will solve a lot of problems, and if it doesn't, stand up for yourself a little more aggressively.

You may find living in an ultra-liberal area very annoying, whereas you might find a "middle-of-the-road" sort of place more tolerable.
I agree! We moved from Charlotte to Seattle in 2012, and I find the ultra liberals to be just as obnoxious as the bible thumpers. Moving won't help. Instead of dealing with holy rollers, you'll be wondering why the entire city is crawling with homeless people because the government doesn't want to do anything about it.

You just trade in one set of problems for another.
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