...better not land in any foxholes there, Skippy...
Following atheist trend, Britons seek 'de-baptism'
29 March 2009
More than 100,000 Britons have recently downloaded "certificates of de-baptism" from the Internet to renounce their Christian faith.
The initiative launched by a group called the National Secular Society (NSS) follows atheist campaigns here and elsewhere, including a London bus poster which triggered protests by proclaiming "There's probably no God." (boy...now there's one argument you better be right about!)
"We now produce a certificate on parchment and we have sold 1,500 units at three pounds (4.35 dollars, 3.20 euros) a pop," said NSS president Terry Sanderson, 58.
John Hunt, a 58-year-old from London and one of the first to try to be "de-baptised," held that he was too young to make any decision when he was christened at five months old.
The male nurse said he approached the Church of England to ask it to remove his name. "They said they had sought legal advice and that I should place an announcement in the London Gazette," said Hunt, referring to one of the official journals of record of the British government.
So that's what he did -- his notice of renouncement was published in the Gazette in May 2008 and other Britons have followed suit.
Michael Evans, 66, branded baptising children as "a form of child abuse" -- and said that when he complained to the church where he was christened he was told to contact the European Court of Human Rights. ...
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It's language like what I highlighted which keeps me from dismissing crap like this as just another limp-wrist, drama queen, hissy fit snit. I'm sure there is an agenda driven group somewhere, poised to jump on an angle like this and defend any baby being presented for Baptism as an ACLU lawyer would defend a guest at Gitmo from a date with a waterboard.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
Defend Us in Battle!