I read that entire PROPEL brochure: and thanks for sharing. The 'good news' is that it seems that I have always been an Objectivist (or Objectivist-ish) and didn't even know it. A great - and uplifting - read, thanks.
And bravo to you Luke for being so bold with the door-to-door evangelists: I usually just turn down the sound on the TV, and sneak around the apartment quietly until they stop knocking and go away. (LOL)
If more of us "witnessed" right back to these peddlers of nonsense, more of them would think twice, especially if we shared literature with them while refusing to accept theirs. We do not need their ideas. They need ours. This is not "arrogance" but the simple truth of the matter.
I applaud you for the way you handled the situation.
Contrarily, I once worked with a Jehovah's Witness and studied her religion with her for 7 years (on the weekends, at work). Because of childlike curiosity, I was willing to read just about everything she gave me. We worked together in a health food store and there was often a full hour where the store was empty of customers. There is only so much "front & face" (turning and pulling vitamin bottles forward) that you can do in a store and that left us a lot of free time. After our "sessions" -- where we often looked into booklets picturing a future Earth where lions play with gazelle (instead of brutally killing them for food) -- she would ask me and I repeatedly answered back to her: "I am not persuaded." She was persistent and it was actually kind of cute. She was an old lady and I didn't try to teach her "new tricks."
Here in Texas last week, some young pioneers (young boys in that religion have to "pioneer" for 2 years, as a rite of passage) dressed up in black and white suits were approaching me. I smiled a piercing smile at them which said:
I know who you are and what you are doing.
I got a look of recognition back from the older one and he motioned to the others to just move on. It was at the end of my day's work and maybe I didn't look like I could be bothered to talk about a primitive philosophy at the time.