I was born, raised, and married Catholic, as was my wife. I have since become an out of the closet atheist within the last 3 years.
My youngest daughter-- 7 years old, (out of 5 kids) is not baptized.
We have been approached by the church to baptize her.
Wife sez yes, I say no. I have my reasons, she has hers.
I don't want it to happen, but if it does, I don't want to be there at the altar.
(Being in the church wouldnt kill me though.)
Can I ask for opinions/advice for this situation?
Please remember the questions they ask of the parents at the baptism:
1: Do you reject satan and all his works?
2: Do you accept god, his son and the holy ghost?
3: Do you promise to raise your kid in catholicism?
I DO NOT want to stand there and say "NO", but otherwise I think it's a harmless ceremony, and the kid could use a party(money!)
But if I go thru with it, How could I look in the mirror and call myself an atheist?
Others have said for me to LIE, but I will not.
ANY advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I wouldn't do it. To stand their and says yes to all those questions. I don't think I could say it with a straight face.
"But if I go thru with it, How could I look in the mirror and call myself an atheist?"
Yea that would make you a bit of a sell out and traitor.
I do like the idea of taking advantage of religion(Like the super church jebus freaks) and taking the money for your kids. Then again, you can just save your own money up.
Baptizing them might give your wife the excuse to further indoctrinate them. So I conclude it in my opinion you shouldn't do it. That money stuff just an excuse to get them into religion.