It’s not quite April 1st yet, but the recently initiated craze for getting yourself debaptised seems to be gaining ground in the UK. The National Secular Society has all the details here, and claims that 100,000 people have already done it. Well, they’ve downloaded the form to see what it’s about, which isn’t quite the same thing necessarily. A fair guess that some of them will be like us, who took a look out of curiosity just to see what all the fuss is about.
It’s being presented as a rational approach to life, by renouncing whatever it was that your baptism as an infant did for you in the first place. Which on the face of it seems a very strange thing to do, especially if you don’t believe it could possibly have done anything at all because you don’t accept its underlying philosophy. But then that’s not the first example of the irrationality of rationality that you’ve come across, is it? Nor is it likely to be the last. And of course being conflicted in this way is by no means unique to self-proclaimed secularists. A lot of religious believers are just as confused.