Hello all - I did a quick search and didn’t see a topic devoted to this, so here goes…
I’m not sure this will happen, but I believe a friend may ask me to a child’s baptism in the near future. I don’t know if my friend believes in all the tenets of the church (more liberal, mostly bible based), some of them, or which are discarded. I do know that I would not be comfortable with this aspect of my friend’s child rearing.
It also brings to light a conversation we had earlier this year where I said that I had to stop hanging out with some of my Xian friends due to my non-belief (I’m a soft agnostic). It was my choice because I couldn’t deal with their viewpoints and that they’re indoctrinating their children. I don’t agree with indoctrination of one religion and not giving a child a real choice or educating them about *everything* that’s out there and letting them decide for themselves. My friend knows I don’t believe in anything and that I’m still a bit angry about being indoctrinated for years myself, and expressed concern that I would drop a friendship based on this.
Is there a way to politely decline (if I’m invited) without making anyone feel badly? I know I won’t feel like a bad friend if I don’t go - I don’t support it, so going is like lying to them. I don’t know how my friend and family would feel. And I know if the religious teaching of the child is continued that I can’t support that either.
This really sucks. :(
I say go.
But first get some popcorn, a big styrofoam hand with #1 on it, a rainbow colored afro and some red and white paint.
Take off your shirt. Paint one half of your face, neck and torso red and the other side white.
Sit in the back pew and cheer on Jebus while eating popcorn, and if you can try and get the congregation to do the wave.
“Here we go Jebus, here we go!”