Thursday, January 19, 2012

Flood of ‘De-baptisms’ Worries European Church Leaders

PARIS (Washington Post)— Last October, a court in Normandy ruled in favor of a lawsuit by Rene Lebouvier to have his name permanently removed from church records — making him the first Frenchman to be officially “de-baptized.”

The Washington Post reports: "Lebouvier’s case is among a growing wave of de-baptisms in Europe, one of the most visible manifestations of the continent’s secular drift. Websites offering informal de-baptism certificates have mushroomed. Other Christians are formally breaking from the church by opting out of state church taxes.

"While there are no official statistics, experts and secular activists count the numbers of de-baptisms in the tens of thousands."

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