Have any of you gotten your Debaptismal Certificate? I saw it on the FFRF website and I love it. The certificate reads:
Lucky me -- since I was never baptized, I don't need any such certificate, LOL!!
But I think it can be deeply symbolic and comforting for those who are uncomfortable with infant baptism.
So get one, and feel good about yourself! :-)
I actually had my baptism reversed.
My mother had my brother, sister, and I baptised Mormon, although she did allow me to stop attending at 13. For years I was plagued by fervent (albeit nice) missionaries. When I was about thirty when I called the Mormon Bishop and asked him to remove me from the church membership records; he explained that the process was very "serious" and involved having my baptism reversed.
Sure, the baptism was silly, but having it reversed was just awesome. I even received a "damnation" letter (my term, of course).
Mormon baptise the dead, however, so if my brother outlives me I'm sure he'll have me re-baptised. :)
I had thought once not of a certificate, but a ritual antidote to baptism. Mostly it would be just a sheet of paper I would pass out. The party would be asked to renounce any claim to spiritual privelidge or separateness.
So actually, it doesn't revoke baptism. But it neutralizes the more negative aspects of it.
It would also say on the sheet of paper that it works just as well for confirmation, ordination, sacramental marriage, and for bar and bas mitzva.
I don't think I need one. See, what happened was I was acidentally baptised twice and I think the two baptisms cancelled each other out :P
You can print one out, for free . . . full-color certificate. But you can also get an official signed and sealed De-Baptismal Certificate sent in the mail . . . signed by ME, an ordained minister who "saw the light." You actually get two: one for yourself to frame and another to send to your church to be asked to be removed from the membership rolls.
I've been trying to get removed from my former church's membership for years. I actually showed up at one of their services with an atheist t-shirt, and they still keep me there. What's more, my former church gives out personalized offering envelopes and they keep sending them to me, those poor trees keep dying for nothing!
My point is, after everything I've done to try and quit, they still keep me in their membership, even though I haven't even gone near that church in over a decade! What do I have to do to get it through their heads?!