To make a long story short, Samantha and I ran into a new guy about my age(37) who was walking his dog.
I made sure it was okay for us to approach and he gave permission. His dog was very friendly and happy to meet us. The guy seemed nice at first also. After a bit of small talk he explained to me that he had just gotten out of church and was feeling “full of the Lord” as he put it. I said, “oh that’s nice” and tried changing subjects by asking if he was excited about the Giants game that afternoon. The guy completely ignored my question and asked me what church I went to.
At this point, I was starting to get annoyed. First, I really didn’t care that he was full of the Lord and now he was getting a little nosey by asking me, a complete stranger, what church I attended. Maybe I should have just said I am not religious and tried changing the subject again, but I was feeling a little belligerent at this point. I answered him by saying flat out that “I don’t believe in god.” “I am an atheist” I said.
He looked like he had seen a ghost. After a moment he recovered and started asking me a volley of questions without taking a breath. “Have you ever been to church?” “Did I know that Jesus loves me?” “Did I know that Jesus died for my sins?” And so forth and so on. At this point I was struggling a little to maintain my composure and remain polite. My answer was short and sweet. I said “Sir, didn’t you hear me? I am an atheist and I don’t believe in god. I don’t want to talk about my religious upbringing with you and I don’t want someone preaching to me. Have a nice day.” With that, I walked over to my dog and put her back on the leash so I could get away from him.