How's this? I am awoken this morning (my day off, no less!) by a knock at the door. Not expecting anyone at the ungodly hour of 10:30, I drag myself out of bed, throw on some clothes that happen to be handy and walk to the front door. Nobody. I walk outside to see someone I don't recognise leaving via the driveway. He must have spotted me.

So it's your regular Seventh-Day Adventist trying to convince me to buy a copy of The Watchtower. His sales pitch was "With all the troubles in the world at the moment, I wonder if I could talk to you about this magazine. Do you know what this magazine is?". I respond that yes, I do indeed know what it is, and that I am most assuredly not interested.

I resisted the urge to yell at the fellow "Why don't you understand that the reason we have these troubles in the world today is because of religion?"

Were it not for religion, we wouldn't be in this mess. Holy War? War on terrorism? Jihad Allah/God/Mohammad? Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

Come to my place and peddle a peaceful solution that does not involve your interpretation of "God" as a panacea, and maybe we'll talk.

And maybe not.