Some businesses readily demonstrate a preference for religiosity or have overtly religious management teams. One example is Chick-fil-A which cites religion as reasons for closing on Sunday and opposing gay marriage.
1. Are you, as a consumer, less likely to spend at a business that is overtly religious? Why or why not?
2. Do you keep track of which businesses bill themselves as religious, which have taken no public stance, and which are run by atheists? Do you know of any resources for keeping track?
3. Say you pulled into a gas station and read this message on the pump. Would you still buy gas there? Say you have a choice between a Catholic hospital and a secular hospital. Do you avoid the Catholic hospital because it is Catholic?
I'd agree that at the point the behavior of the store proprietor is becoming offensive I would walk away, after a polite and friendly word to the manager and owner. Polite and friendly because the goal is to change hearts and minds, not feel all self-righteous myself.
The times I can remember doing that mostly involved businesses that refused to serve fellow customers because of their skin color or age. Though around these parts I find myself doing it a lot with older people who seem to believe that children skateboarding is a crime.
If the Catholic hospital had a more competent physician then it would be prudent to go there -your health is nothing to gamble with.
I try to avoid those who are psychotic, religious people can't tell the difference between reality and fantasy and are thus psychotic.
I patronize businesses I'm pretty sure are run by religious people. For example, I love Indian food and I bet most or perhaps all of the Indians running those restaurants are Hindus. Do they impose their religious positions on me? Well, yes, in the sense that there won't be any beef on the menu. Likewise for a Jewish delicatessen where there may be no pork products on the menu. Of course, Jewish people tend to be more practical and may have pork, ham, or bacon on the menu. They won't eat it themselves, perhaps, and may have it prepared and served by goyim.
I do avoid Christian businesses which tend to bring their religion into the transaction gratuitously. If they can't be avoided, I just "Uh huh" my way through the transaction and go on my way.
I most certainly wouldn't buy petroleum distillates from this establishment. Quite apart from the far right overtones, the message is in all caps and there shouldn't be a full stop there.
Genereally though I base my buying decisions on the behaviour of a business and its employees, rather than their beliefs. I am an atheist and a secularist, which means I think people should be free to hold the beliefs they hold, and to practice any religion along as they repect human rights. I therefore differ from the position held by many religious establishements, who do not agree people should hold such freedoms.
Depending on my mood, I would walk away and never use the machine… or this would have been the last straw on the camel's back and knock shit out of the machine to make a point, but overall, I would refuse their services in the future.
Only if they are blatantly offensive about it.
Some religious people may choose not to do businesses with atheists, though they would seem to be ignoring the inclusiveness and nonjudgmentalism Jesus seemed to be promoting in the parable of The Good Samaritan.
I have yet to meet an evangelical who passes that test. On average the evangelicals are among the most racist and hateful people I have encountered. Never, ever work for one! I learned that lesson the hard way!
Personally, I think tolerance is the key. Christians are SUPPOSED to be tolerant, but often are not. Being intolerant of their proselytizing or witnessing won't make any of them think harder about atheism, it will simply reinforce their prejudices.
I had surgery in a Catholic hospital and other than a priest stopping by to ask if I was OK and if there was anything he could do for me, I wouldn't have even known I was in a hospital run by a Christian religion.
In fact, a huge percentage of the hospitals in the US are associated with religions. At the same time, one wonders how often conflicts arise, such has whether to save a mother by terminating a pregnancy.