"It can be actually kind of fun," he says. "Instead of giving the same argument back every single time, you like to mix it up a little bit."
The San Diego Coalition of Reason opened this booth to support the atheist community and to evangelize nonbelief to religious people. Jim Eliason, one of the coalition's members, says they've actually had de-conversions at the booth — but with people who were already questioning their beliefs.
"Even if they come up to you beforehand and tell you very stridently that they're a believer and they're Christian, probably what they're doing is they're trying to see if you can give them any new information," Eliason says.
More often, religious people try to convert the atheists. On a recent Saturday, Valentine Ilin was walking by with four of his kids. Ilin is a Baptist and decided to give the atheists a message, so he led his family in song.
"The precious, precious name of Jesus ..." the family sang in perfect harmony.
Many religions seek converts, but why would atheists care whether others believe in God? Coalition director Debbie Allen says they think the world would be better off with less dogma.
"I think there are some good tenets within some religions that point people in the right direction," Allen says. "But when you're talking about a faith that is unwilling to change or grow, that [believe] this is the right way and there is no other way, those people are at risk of continuing practices that are detrimental to other human beings."
She also hopes the booth will break down stereotypes.
"Atheists are not necessarily strange or bad, but a lot of people of faith never meet someone that would be out about being an atheist," she says.
Allen says everyone, atheists included, can benefit from meeting people with different beliefs — or lack of beliefs. She's happy to have that interaction happen at the atheist booth.
San Diego is one of several cities with this kind of atheist outreach, but it's one of only a few places with a booth that's open every weekend.