The original debaptism challenge

One of the projects we've been stewing is a debaptism challenge.  Ex-Priest Dr. Stephen Uhl has committed copies of his book Imagine No Superstition as prizes as we gather more info on how we want to run it.  While researching the idea I came upon this video series of a Sally Jessy Raphael episode from 1988 featuring the St. Louis Rationalists and a few fundies.  As for our own debaptism challenge, we're still a while away.  If anyone who participated in or led a debaptism with the St. Louis Rationalists is reading this please drop me a line, I'd like to have you on our radio show.

Check out this show, I think you'll enjoy. 



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Tilberian's picture

I think symbolically

I think symbolically toweling off the holy water should come into it somehow. Douglas Adams would approve.

Lazy is a word we use when someone isn't doing what we want them to do.
- Dr. Joy Brown

JillSwift's picture

Wow. Religious wankerism

Wow. Religious wankerism hasn't changed one whit in 20 years.

I was baptized as an infant in the Roman Catholic church. Would it count as a de-baptizing if I dribbled some water on a priest? If so, would it still count if I used a water pistol?

"Anyone can repress a woman, but you need 'dictated' scriptures to feel you're really right in repressing her. In the same way, homophobes thrive everywhere. But you must feel you've got scripture on your side to come up with the tedious 'Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve' style arguments instead of just recognising that some people are different." - Douglas Murray

ronin-dog's picture

That was great

Don't you love how the fundies always help prove our point? And they wonder why we don't like religion.

More people should point out that telling an atheist that they are going to burn in hell is pointless, probably more pointless than shouting "the bogey man is going to get you!"

Zen-atheist wielding Occam's katana.

Jesus said, "Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division." - Luke 12:51

That is a great idea

That is a great idea Sapient, "washing" the devil religion off. Yeah putting out hell fire. I will try and bring a big squirt gun full of rational holy water ! ..... it counts Jillswift      turn it up ..... I feel good, I got you RRS .....  funky !

   James Brown Live 8 - I Feel Good

  Oh, and thanks for cool sites mentioned in the vids, Lots here,

  Xlint >  St. Louis Rationalists

  Fundamentalists Anonymous




Hambydammit's picture

This could get pretty

This could get pretty intense.  After all, there are big fights between denominations as to what constitutes baptism.  I had to get baptized three separate times because my family kept changing denominations.  I'm going to need a triple-dog-undunking.


Atheism isn't a lot like religion at all. Unless by "religion" you mean "not religion". --Ciarin
Books about atheism

zarathustra's picture

I can already see theists

I can already see theists starting an unending series of threads about how "You can't get de-baptized", just like "The Blasphemy Challenge doesn't work".

There are no theists on operating tables.


nigelTheBold's picture

I think it should be called

I think it should be called "de-smocking," in honor of those two wonderful (though admittedly fashion-impaired) truth-bringers. (The truth they bring: the Smocks are assholes.)

Brother Jeb and Sister Cindy (I hope they aren't real brother and sister) are still preaching today, I guess, at least according to Wikipedia. And if you want to feel like you traveled back to 1998, check out his website.

"Yes, I seriously believe that consciousness is a product of a natural process. I find that the neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers who proceed from that premise are the ones who are actually making useful contributions to our understanding of the mind." - PZ Myers

I like the idea of pissing

I like the idea of pissing on the Bible.

ex-minister's picture

Bro Jed & Sis Cin following

How messed up must their daughter be?

From Jan 2, 2011


Oct 7, 2010. This is my idea of hell. That voice just never stopped. She gets graphic at times.


Religion Kills !!!

Numbers 31:17-18 - Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.