I've just had an encounter with some doorstepping Jehovah's at my dad's house. I sent them packing with my 'I'm an atheist and I'm not prepared to argue with you' speech. Then as I left the house my aunty (lives next door) and 1 of my cousins were on the step. The cousin (a pain in the arse if ever there was one) started asking about the Jehovah's to which I explained what I said. He and the aunty then started going on about how 1 day I'll realise the error of my ways and come back.
He then said he had some spare medals in his car and he'd give me a St. Christopher for mine! Now I know for some people this would be an uncomfortable situation to be in with family members but it just makes me want to howl laughing. Almost to a man my entire faith-holding family are crazy and there is no point whatsoever in engaging them in any kind of rational conversation about religion because they aren't rational.
They all subscribe to the idea that catholicism is the only religion of any merit - fellow xians are misguided and anything beyond xianity is totally wrong. They all believe that I am having a temporary loss of mind and that before I die, I'll be craving the last rites and trying to make my peace with god. The aunty I can more or less understand, her being in her 70s and never trusting anybody beyond her parents and siblings, the cousin however is the same age as me (40) and was an R.E. teacher (that is until he left his wife for another teacher and the school couldn't sanction such hypocrisy). It's mind boggling to me how anybody with a modicum of intelligence can still subscribe to the idiocy of the rc church. In my opinion the only thing it's good for is the slew of superstitions that can be used to make a good horror story - Exorcism anyone?
Sorry to all of you who have to really struggle with defending your atheism, but this is as bad as it gets for me and to be honest, I could do with more of it just for the ensuing giggles.