Rush To De-Baptise

The National Secular Society’s Certificate of De-baptism has now been accessed 100,000 times since it was put up on the web 5 years ago

Although the certificate has no legal significance, it has obviously taken the fancy of many people, particularly Catholics, who want to make a formal split from the religion they were baptised into as babes in arms.

Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said: “The growing amount of interest in the concept of de-baptism indicates that people are not just indifferent to religion – which has been the traditional British approach – but are actually becoming quite hostile to it.”

Mr Sanderson said that some people had tried hard to make it official by insisting that their names be removed from baptismal registers and church records. “They simply don’t want to be part of the statistics that are used by the churches to demand more privileges. They don’t want to have any formal connection with institutions that they perceive to be counterproductive to peace, harmony and common sense.”

Some NSS members have recounted their experiences in letters that are reproduced along with the certificate.