I wasn’t baptized in the first place. But, for those who were and don’t want to be anymore, de-baptism is just the thing:
The movement may have begun just a decade ago when Terry Sanderson, head of the National Secular Society in Britain, posted an unofficial “de-baptism certificate” on the society’s website, mostly as a joke. To date it has been downloaded at least 100,000 times.
“It was a joke to begin with, but now it has taken on a new significance because there are so many people who are anxious to leave the church that they are actually taking it seriously now, and they want some way to make their break with the church formal,” Sanderson told VOA. “Often the church won’t acknowledge their desire to leave.”
A lot of theories get bounced around about why people seek to remove themselves from official church registries. Some think it has to do with public backlash against scandals like the rampant pedophilia, or the continued medieval stance against homosexuality or women in positions of power. Some are probably just disenchanted in general, or annoyed that there was no choice in the matter. Now they’re at an age where they can choose and want out.
The article in Mother Nature News focuses primarily on the increase of interest in Europe but Debaptized.com accepts requests from everywhere. If it’s of interest to you, check it out.