The story concerning the Community Nurse, Caroline Petrie, has been interesting to follow. It’s been typical of the current anti-Christian feeling which seems to be growing in our society. The National Secular Society (www.secularism.org.uk/praying-nurse-offered-her-job-ba.html) has a piece on their website by president, Terry Sanderson, on the story. They seem to be happy that Ms Petrie can return to work, just as long as she keeps quiet about her faith and doesn’t offer to pray for anyone else. The article ends with the words; ‘The rules are there to curb any such people going into the homes of their patients and foisting unwanted religious rituals on to them.’
On the website, I was bemused to find that the National Secular Society can even offer to ‘de-baptise’ people, and there’s a nice .pdf file to download and print off your very own certificate to this effect. One simply has to fill in the name, sign and date it, and get a witness to add their signature. The certificate seeks to revoke ‘any implications of that Rite and renounce the church that carried it out.’ The candidate avers that: ‘I reject all its Creeds and all other such superstition in particular, the perfidious belief that any baby needs to be cleansed by Baptism of alleged ORIGINAL SIN and the evil power of supposed demons.’ (Spurious capitals and bad punctuation copied as they appear in the documentl).
When we compare such words as these with ‘Would you like me to pray for you’, I would say that it’s pretty clear where the religious bigotry is coming from in our land today. I mean, what is it with these people (and all others like them)? I wonder if we Christians had shown such zeal and certainty of viewpoint over the past few years, whether we might never have arrived at the appalling situation we now find ourselves in.
Of course, it’s never too late, and on this basis, I sent an email to the NSS a few moments ago. Rather naughtily, I closed it with these words: ‘I’m inclined to offer to pray for your organisation and staff, but I don’t really want the Press banging on my door tomorrow.’