On weekend mornings I like to take my dog for a long walk at a nearby lake. Recently there's been some cultists and a propaganda cart posted up along my walking path. Until today I've ignored them. Today, for the first time, I saw someone talking to them and they left with some propaganda. I caught up with her after she left the cart and simply encouraged her to do some independent research on the group before getting involved. On my way back, I engaged the cultists in a conversation. There were two women, one probably in her 50s or 60s and the other probably mid 30s stayed silent the whole time.
I started out asking about their shunning policy, and basically asked if they were more like Catholics for whom there's basically no social consequences for officially resigning or if they were more like a cult like scientologists with enforced shunning. From there I spent about 10 minutes just asking pretty simple questions and pointing it out any time she contradicted herself, which happened roughly every other time she spoke. Ended up spending a fair amount of time going back and forth about how it can't be the truth one minute, change, and end up still being the truth.
After a while I guess she got tired of me and said "in the interests of maintaining peace, I think we should end this conversation." To which I replied, "yeah I guess if you're going to start making veiled threats of violence, I'll leave."
Yesterday I encountered a really kind, if typically misguided, JW downtown on a street that's lined with bars and tattoo shops. He was in street clothes, apparently visiting his wife at the cult cart, so I approached him afterwards to warn him that the people he was just talking to were cultists. I think with him at least I may have been able to demonstrate that apostates don't fit the mold he's been offered.
Anyway, I'm kinda annoyed that these cultists are invading my two favorite parts of town. I know a few folks have had some luck getting them to move along... What's the best strategy to accomplish this goal?