There are some things that cannot be undone. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. You can’t put the genie back in the bottle. You can’t flush the Holy Spirit once you have been Baptized. No, wait!
Belief in God symbolically evaporated when more than a hundred atheists were “de-baptized” with a blow dryer yesterday.
Organizers of the event in Westerville, described as a “coming out party” for atheists, agnostics and humanists, served root beer and crackers with peanut butter and honey to top off the late afternoon ceremony.
“Do you agree that the magical potency of today’s ceremony is exactly equal to the magical efficacy of ceremonial baptism with dihydrogen oxide, and do you agree that the power of all magical ceremonies is nonexistent?” Frank Zindler, president of American Atheists, said to launch the de-baptism.
After a resounding “amen” from the audience, the first person in line yelled, “Dry me brother! I’m free!” The crowd laughed as each person squeezed his or her eyes shut and walked underneath the blow dryer. (The Columbus Dispatch)
There’s a YouTube clip of the event but it’s not much to look at. Nobody is taking the ceremony seriously.
Just as it should be.