At eleven years old, John Hunt refused to attend church because he no longer believed in god. Forty-five years later now Doctor John Hunt told the church he wanted his baptism record removed because as a baby, he could not consent. After a bit of a struggle, Dr. Hunt became the first person in England to have his baptism cancelled.

“It struck me there was a lot of hypocrisy around. One Sunday I came back home and said, "Mum, I'm not going to the class anymore,” said Hunt.

John’s record could not be removed because it was a matter of public record, but the Southwark Diocese wrote in a letter to John, “The Archdeacon of Croydon has undertaken, in this particular case, to have it cross-referenced with the baptismal entry and pasted into the back fly-leaf of the relevant register at St Jude's Church.” This makes his baptism no longer valid and is a big win for Hunt.

“Having been subjected to the rite of Christian baptism in infancy I hereby publicly revoke any implications of that rite.”

The church has made it clear they won’t make a habit of undoing baptisms but as more atheists come out and demand to be removed from the rolls of churches, it may be more common. To do my part, if Dr. Hunt makes his way to the west coast of the US, I will pull out my blow dryer and perform a debaptism.

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Comment by LaRae Meadows on May 6, 2009 at 5:38pm
Well we should perform an unbaptism. Can you petition the church?
Comment by Angie Jackson on May 6, 2009 at 1:39pm
I wish I could go back and not baptize my son. Oh well, at least I won't indoctrinate him



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