Debaptise Yourself!

The UK’s National Secular Society has launched a campaign to offer faux-official Certificates of Debaptism to former Christians who want to renounce the childhood baptism they had no choice in.

certificate-of-debaptism

The certificate reads:

“After due deliberation, I ________, having been subjected to the Rite of Christian Baptism in infancy (before reaching an age of consent), hereby publicly revoke any implications of that Rite and renounce the Church that carried it out. In the name of human reason, I reject all its Creeds and all other such superstition in particular, the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed by Baptism of alleged ORIGINAL SIN, and the evil power of supposed demons. I wish to be excluded henceforth from enhanced claims of church membership numbers based on past baptismal statistics used, for example, for the purpose of securing legislative privilege.”

The campaign is also highlighting the difficulty experienced when one tries to sever ties with the church. That said, one man – with the help of the NSS – was successful in becoming officially debaptised by the Diocese of Croydon, which is part of the Church of England.

Unfortunately, after 100,000 people downloaded the certificate, they got smart and made it a fundraiser, which would be fine, except it’s now restricted to residents of the UK.

And don’t worry, the NSS realizes that their little certificate is just a bit of silly fun since “the concept of baptism is a complete fantasy that has no meaning outside the heads of the religious.” Burn.

First the National Humanist Organization’s “atheist buses” and now this? Maybe I should move to London…

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