Monday, June 8, 2009

Debaptism the Latest Trend for Atheists

With a slogan like "Liberate yourself from the Original Mumbo-Jumbo that liberated you from the Original Sin you never had!", what more could the everyday atheist ask for? Debaptism it is.
A new badge of honor has been introduced for Atheists in the United Kingdom and it is called "debaptism". The National Secular Society is leading the charge to get debaptism recognized and registered in churches across the UK

After becoming the "Word of the Week" on the Macmillan English Dictionary website, the National Secular Society says that over 100,000 people have downloaded a debaptism certificate from their website.

John Hunt is a 50-year-old Brit who was baptized by the Church of England (Anglican/Episcopalian). He wanted his baptism cancelled because he views the church as a "hypocritical organisation." However, as the Bishop of Croydon, the Right Reverend Nick Baines, recently told the BBC:

You can't remove from the record something that actually happened. Whether we agree whether it should have happened or not is a different matter. But it's a bit like trying to expunge Trotsky from the photos. Mr Hunt was baptised and that's a matter of public record.

This particular diocese has suggested that those who want to renounce their baptism could run an advertisement it in the London Gazette, and then the Bishop will have those notices inserted into the baptismal roll. However, the Church of England was quick to note that this is not an official policy.

The Church of England has no reason from its point of view for maintaining a formal record of those who have renounced their baptism: it is content simply to accept that those who have explicitly repudiated their baptism and take no part in the life of the Church should not be regarded as members of it in the more general sense.

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