Wow, I didn’t realize it was that bad. I’m really glad I don’t live where you do. Atheists (as nonreligionists) are the fastest growing group and second largest “religion” on the planet but I suspect you don’t hear that from the religionists you have to put with. I grew up in the Midwest Bible Belt and realized they were shoveling shit by fourteen. I spent years being polite and then realized I wasn’t being honest to myself or to the poor folks struggling with the various size burdens of willful ignorance they are struggling under the weight of. Morality is compassion and mindfulness of perspective and any resultant pain for all beings around us. Ignorance is painful but willful ignorance is agony and it can make people mean and unpredictable. While intrusion generates discomfort and doesn’t help, failure to tell them you don’t have there problem is, I think, worse. This is not conflictual but simply factual. I find I can smile and tell them it’s there choice and say no more without a sense of shame. We are all in this together and there’s no second chance.
Now if you’re dealing with a wingnut or some dude with a gun and serious hate going on, just tell them you’ll pray for them. And Jesus is, by god, just around the corner coming fast. Then run. If this is seriously a situation at work, you need a new place of employment. You don’t have to put up with that shit and you’re not doing anyone any good by doing so.
The problem seems to be the sky god religionists realize they’re fading away (it must be a plot) and the ones left are desperate to prove they aren’t idiots which, in this case, they definitely are. They’ve wounded themselves but are, never the less, dangerous. So judge carefully. . .