Monday, July 19, 2010

U.S. Atheists Reportedly Using Hair Dryers to 'De-Baptize'

(Fox News)  American atheists lined up to be "de-baptized" in a ritual using a hair dryer, according to a report Friday on U.S. late-night news program "Nightline."

Leading atheist Edwin Kagin blasted his fellow non-believers with the hair dryer to symbolically dry up the holy water sprinkled on their heads in days past. The styling tool was emblazoned with a label reading "Reason and Truth."

Kagin believes parents are wrong to baptize their children before they are able to make their own choices, even slamming some religious education as "child abuse." He said the blast of hot air was a way for adults to undo what their parents had done.

"I was baptized Catholic. I don't remember any of it at all," said 24-year-old Cambridge Boxterman. "According to my mother, I screamed like a banshee ... so you can see that even as a young child I didn't want to be baptized. It's not fair. I was born atheist, and they were forcing me to become Catholic."

Kagin doned a monk's robe and said a few mock-Latin phrases before inviting those wishing to be de-baptized to "come forward now and receive the spirit of hot air that taketh away the stigma and taketh away the remnants of the stain of baptismal water."

Ironically, Kagin's own son became a fundamentalist Christian minister after having "a personal revelation in Jesus Christ."

"One wonders where they went wrong," he chuckled to the TV show.


Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I find it quite interesting that a monk's robe was donned!

belinda said...

I bet it works as they intend for it to as with God intent always counts.

belinda said...

But then again aren't the sacraments permanent? Once done, they're done?

Now I'm on the fence but I'm sure they will regret this sort of slap to God... later.

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Terry Nelson said...

I always thought athiests were supposed to be more intelligent than this?

belinda said...

Terry, It seems to me that if they felt it necessary to un-do something they must have believed it had some sort of legitimacy, otherwise they would have said, "Why bother undoing something that had no value to begin with."