Now Mr Hunt has become the pioneer in a rejuvenated campaign for a way of cancelling baptisms given to children too young to decide for themselves whether they wanted this formal initiation into Christianity.What's next? A group of secular Jews having it sewn back on in a special ceremony of "decircumcision"?
However, baptism is proving a difficult thing to undo.
The local Anglican diocese, Southwark, refused to amend the baptismal roll as Mr Hunt had wanted, on the grounds that it was a historical record.
Seriously though - if John Hunt truly rejected beliefs and superstitions as he claims - why would he need a special ceremony to decry that in public public or to have that statement written on a piece of paper and signed? Think about it - if you don't believe in Santa - would you bother getting yourself a "non-believer in Santa" certificate? If you believe that there's nothing scary about Friday the 13th; that it's just a calendar date like any other - would you consider writing something like "it's Friday the 13th and I'm feeling lucky" on your T-shirt? Just like one of the commenters said:
I don't get it. Shouldn't atheists regard baptism as nothing more than regular water being poured on someone, symbolizing something they don't believe exists anyway?Exactly! If Mr. Hunt & Co were truly atheists, if they truly believed that holy water is merely an H2O which can make one wet but hardly has any spiritual meaning - why would any of them bother trying to wash away the H2O which evaporated decades ago?
If some nutty wiccan, for example, wanted to cast some false spell over me, I wouldn't demand she take it back. I would laugh at her nuttiness and forget about it.
Looks like those guys feel somewhat insecure about their conversion to secularism. So they're lashing out at the faith they've renounced, trying to prove it to everyone (but first and foremost - to themselves) that they're through with it, that the days when their parents brought them to church are over, that starting from this day on they have absolutely, categorically, 100% nothing to do with Christianity and here's a special certificate in case you don't believe them and please take their name off the baptismal roll because they don't want anyone to remind them that they were actually baptized...
Looks like, contrary to their own bus slogans (which call upon people of faith to "stop worrying and enjoy life") - those newfound atheists are the ones who worry the most.