Monday, March 30, 2009

This Week's "People With Too Much Time On Their Hands"

Here is this week's example of people with too much time on their hands/not enough to do: 100,000 Britons downloading "certificates of de-baptism" as a way of renouncing their unfashionable Christian heritage. The standard reason seems to be that the water ritual was performed when the person was an infant, and is therefore not meaningful. I understand that part - as a teenager, I arranged to get re-baptized partly to make a point that it was my own choice. But I don't get why something that is "meaningless" isn't...well, not necessary to undo by downloading an unofficial, do-it-yourself, sacrilegious certificate from a website. The article, however, makes it sound like thousands of people are taking their own atheism very seriously - even devoutly. If two wrongs don't make a right, do two meaningless acts make a meaningful one? Was there nothing to watch on TV instead?