Atheists continue to win friends, influence people

In the face of resistance from the Church, the society has come up with a document of its own.

The “Certificate of Debaptism” has a deliberately home-made look, with its mock-official decoration and quasi-official language.

Sitting on a bench in the grounds of St Jude’s Church, John Hunt intoned the opening lines.

“I, John Jeffrey Hunt, having been subjected to the rite of Christian baptism in infancy… hereby publicly revoke any implications of that rite. I reject all its creeds and other such superstitions in particular the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed of original sin.”