I got doorstepped by the Jehovah's Witnesses this morning - slightly surprisingly given their status as comedy staple I think that's the first time that's ever happened to me. The last and, I think, only other time I've ever been called upon by grinning bible-wielding types was at my old flat in Bristol back in about 2005, and I seem to recall they were some other denomination.
Now for this to be a classic religion/atheism smackdown I should have invited them in and sought to get them to articulate why they believe what they claim to believe, and suggest applying a bit of critical thinking, as well as teasing out whence they derive their notions of morality, particularly with regard to things like blood transfusions.
Just to give you a sample of some of the stuff that can be found on the website, the science pages reveal what you might call a slightly à la carte approach, with regard to cosmology and evolution in particular. They seem to have hitched themselves firmly to the Intelligent Design bandwagon (Behe and Dembski are prominently mentioned), and make much of the "some scientists are also Christians" argument, although given that the JWs view other more orthodox Christians as heretics and most religious scientists are (at best) more orthodox Christians rather than JWs I'm not sure I completely follow the argument.
They also throw in some references to cosmological "fine tuning", which is pretty silly (as Douglas Adams famously pointed out) but not embarrassingly so, but then they stray into lunacy by recycling the argument which goes, broadly, like this: let's assume for the sake of argument that a first lady giraffe (or whatever, you choose) evolved, by whatever mechanism - however improbable that might be, imagine the chances of a first male giraffe evolving in exactly the same way, and the two happening to meet, as they would have to have done for the newly-formed species to survive. It's absurd! Therefore, presumably, evolution is refuted and everything in the Bible is true, those being the only two possible options.
The first place I saw this offered up was by banana-enthusiast Ray Comfort a couple of years ago, and he's spent the last couple of years re-hashing the same argument (under the guise of "just asking questions") despite having it explained to him in some detail again and again and again and again and again. If I was overseeing the JWs website I might consider quietly dropping that paragraph, to be honest.
But anyway, I was busy (working, in theory at least) and they seemed like a couple of nice fresh-faced young lads, and I didn't really have the heart, not to mention the time or the patience. In any case I'm not sure their hearts were really in it, as one of them volunteered "you're probably busy" before I had a chance to say it. So I accepted a leaflet (reproduced above) in lieu of the full-scale preaching, and it turns out that their local HQ is just a few roads away in Alway. It's not as impressive as the enormous US JW HQ which can be seen from the Brooklyn Bridge, but it is a lot nearer. There's another one in Pillgwenlly as well. They're everywhere!