Do you ever get the urge when at a church to fill out the new comer's form with the information for someone that really annoys you? For example filling out one at the J.W. hall with the address and phone number of any really obnoxious Catholic you know. Still an idea I might use.
In high school, some Pentecostal girl I hung out with in gym every once in a while told me she had a dream that the rapture occurred and I was left behind. And then explained to me what the rapture entailed. I just replied "Bring it on, sounds like a blast." That year was a long one, every day I saw that girl she tried to get me to come to her church, and said it was her life mission to convert me and save my soul.
I can not express deeply enough just how fingernails-on-a-chalkboard icky and irritating that phrase is to me.
It is effectively taking pride (Brit Hume anyone?) in boasting that Christians have a freedom-to-sin and can do so as much as they want because all they have to do is say the magic words and it goes away like pixie dust.
Whereas we Atheists take responsibility for our actions and seek to behave for good behavior's sake, not because of some arcane reward/punishment system. Yet we're the amoral ones?
I tell them how sorry I am that they feel that they can't be good without a carrot or stick.
Love that line! Religion for some is indeed a crutch and kind of is like a carrot on a stick. "Ooh, if you behave, here's your reward!"
As an Atheist, my reward for good behavior is that I feel warm and fuzzy myself, tend to attract nice people as friends, and sleep with a clear conscience knowing I tried to leave my world a little more clean/pleasant than how I found it. "Sorry you feel you need more motivation than that."