Seems that the London-based National Secular Society has been doing quite the business in de-baptism certificates.
Terry Sanderson, the society’s president, says the group started the online de-baptism initiative five years ago to mock the practice of baptizing infants too young to consent to religious rites. Their web site invites visitors to “Liberate yourself from the Original Mumbo-Jumbo that liberated you from the Original Sin you never had” and allows them to print out a paper certificate that uses quasi-formal language to “reject baptism’s creeds and other such superstitions.”
What a marvelous idea. Not baptised but still want to ‘officially’ renounce your religion? The NSS are reaching out to other religions and designing forms that address those ideaologies as well. Not surprisingly, when the pope makes a foolish remark, site activity climbs dramatically.
Popularity of this service has pushed them to offer more than the online, download versions. You can, at small expense, order a certificate on parchment suitable for framing. Here’s a link to the Time Article.