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I got a flyer left at my door today. I noticed it when I went out to get the mail. It's for the local "Church of God", down the street from me a couple blocks. On one hand, it's an innocuous enough flyer. It's full of a couple Bible quotes, a description of the pastor, and a schedule of the services and events they offer. And of course, an invitation to join them.

Now, if I was living on a public street, city ordinances are generally interpreted to mean that "no soliciting" can only apply to secular salespeople, and not religions or political campaigns. I don't really agree about the religion interpretation, but that's how it's gone. However, as I live in an apartment complex, I live on private property. And the main entrance is clearly marked with a no soliciting sign. I have inquired of the management staff, and they assure me that this applies to religions just as it does to everything else. And since this is private property, there is no first amendment guarantee at play. Indeed, a no soliciting sign on my driveway, even on a public street, should be enough to ban even religious soliciting.

The last time someone came knocking at my door asking about Bible study, I told them I was an atheist and wasn't interested. I don't know if I slept through this knock or if they just left the flyer, but I wasn't happy to find it.

There was an office number on the flyer, however, so I called and left a message.

I think I came across as pretty angry, and my voice continued to rise aggressively as I spoke, but I made it quite clear to them my position. They had left this flyer inside a nearby apartment complex, and there was a clearly marked no soliciting sign on the main entrance, and that that included religious solicitations. I was not impressed. And furthermore, I told them, I intended to pass this flyer along to the management office, and that they could expect to be hearing from them about this matter!

And yes, I do intend to do just that.

I'm sorry, but when I'm at home, I don't want to be bothered with religious drivel. And the empty-headed crap they put in these flyers turns my stomach. They talk about how our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost, and therefore no alcohol, drug abuse (which "abuse" is trying I'm sure), sexual immorality (oops! I was born bad!), or gambling. (Okay, I've got gambling covered.) They also talk about tithing, which AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN! If I'm donating 10% of my income to anyone, it's going to a good scientific cause, one I know will actually help. And the bio of the pastor says at one point "He is a visionary that ascribes to excellence." Um, ascribes????? A "visionary"??? Um, yeah.

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