Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Not-Worth-Doing Is Also the Not-Worth-Undoing

An English man was baptised as an infant, and the thought of it leaves him in a state of fist-shaking outrage:

Now 56 and living in Croydon, he said he wanted parish records amended to note he did not consent to the baptism in 1953.

He was told that his baptism cannot be deleted because it is a matter of historical record.

He then secured a "de-baptism" certificate produced by the National Secular Society (NSS), rejecting "superstitions" or the idea of original sin.

It reads: "I reject all its creeds and other such superstitions in particular the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed of original sin."
I agree with the man on the narrow point, but the point (if I may overuse the word point to such a point that it loses meaning) is that the point is narrow. In other words: dude, lighten up! A man in a dress splashed around some magic water and mouthed some enchanted phrases in your general direction when you were an ankle-biter. It meant nothing then, and means as little now.

Still. We should not impede the accurate tracing of the historical records, and the historical records show as follows: as an infant, the man was baptised. As an adult, he made an arse of himself complaining about it.

1 comment:

Brian said...

Even in a good cause, I'm getting really weary of political theatre.