i can't even see how refusing would be rude so long as you refuse politely. hell, i'm sure some christians refuse christian religious pamphlets when they're offered them.
i refuse them almost every time they're offered unless i'm in a curious mood and i want to facepalm at how ridiculous the content of the pamphlet is.
When people try to give me pamphlets, I either refuse or if they insist, I tell them that I'll take it and most likely read it which will definitely cause me to make fun of it on the internet. Most of the time, they keep their pamphlets. However, I live in an area that is really atheist friendly, so I have the freedom to be frank. If you live somewhere less safe, I would just politely refuse. There's nothing wrong about saying no.
Hello - i'm being a bit sneak replying to this one ... seems the 'busiest' and just wishing someone would chat to me on the chatsite here ... cos it seems like the atheist equivalent to praying whenever i'm on ... maybe cos of time zone ... i'm in atheistland uk (south london) btw ... it gets a bit boring talking to myself there ... i've been unemployed 10 months so was hoping for some friendship.
Anyway ... leaflets ... what about banning em to save the planet?? I mean no one actually wants em ... surely a one page introductory letter A4 size issued by hand will do? I'm fed up of receiving multiple 'charity' envelopes full of pens and stuff addressed to previous occupant of my home (3 years ago) prolly cos she forgot to tick the 'no more thanks' box ... all that waste of genuine charity money ...
Back to leaflets ... has a leaflet EVER changed anyone's mind? Maybe good for advertising gigs ... MAYBE. Is this off on or topic or am i just doing a lonely rant???? God knows!
PS just politely refuse ... then rant about the uselessness of leaflets ... IF you've got the time and inclination ...
Indeed, you have every right to refuse religious solicitations. It's your mind and your life and you can choose to do with either of those as you please as long as you are not infringing on the rights of another or openly trying to harm another.
When this happens to me, I smile and say no. If they insist, then I let them know why I have no interest. I've never had it go any further than that.