Wednesday, April 15, 2009

UK Atheist Wins Right to be "unbaptized"

An atheist has won the right to have his baptism removed from Church of England records after claiming he was too young to give his consent to the ceremony.

-- From "Atheist wins right to have baptism removed as he did not consent as a baby" by Chris Irvine, [London] Telegraph 4/9/09

John Hunt, a newly qualified nurse, was baptised at the age of five months at the parish church of St Jude with St Aidin in Thornton Heath, south London.

As a schoolboy he decided he did not believe in God and stopped going to Sunday school aged 11.

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.

This week the church backed down and said the entry would be "corrected".

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