"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

17 July 2010

Yep, they're full of hot air!!

From today's headlines:

FOXNews.com - U.S. Atheists Reportedly Using Hair Dryers to 'De-Baptize': "U.S. Atheists Reportedly Using Hair Dryers to 'De-Baptize'
Published July 17, 2010 NewsCore
Print Email Share Comments (238) Text Size 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 eduction 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."



I mean really, you can't make this stuff up! I'm utterly speechless. Where to begin? Of course they are demonstrating a woeful lack of understanding about the Christian faith they are so vocally rejecting.

But I do find it rather haunting that it is now apparently considered speakable to equate religious upbringing with child abuse.

Later addition:
Upon further reflection, does it not serve as a de facto admission of the reality and efficacy of the Sacrament that they are trying so hard to erase it? After all, if there is no god, then all that happens at baptism is that you get a little wet and they do more than that every time they shower. I don't see anyone trying to unshower decades after the fact, so they must be admitting that something more lasting has taken place.

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