1 In 5 Americans Has No Religious Affiliation So Stop Asking Me When I’ll Baptize My Son
With new data from Pew Research Center showing one-fifth of Americans claim no religious affiliation whatsoever â€“ I donâ€™t feel so bad about not baptizing my son.Â I just wonder if this new data indicates that people will stop asking me when I plan on doing it.
I wouldnâ€™t call myself an atheist, but I wouldnâ€™t call myself particularly religious either.Â I donâ€™t go to church, I donâ€™t pray before meals, and Iâ€™ve never really spoken to any of my friends about organized religion.Â Which is why I was pretty surprised when many if my friends started asking me if I would baptize my son after he was born.Â I was even more surprised to find out that many of these friends had baptized their own children.
I donâ€™t have a lot of religious friends.Â I know almost no one who even attends the special occasion church services â€“ like Easter and Christmas.Â Still, many of these same people are baptizing their children. Iâ€™m not judging anyone for wanting to baptize a child. I just think it is a little odd to go through such an intricate, meaningful ceremony if you arenâ€™t personally invested in the church and what it preaches.
To some extent, I get it.Â I gave my son the Varicella vaccine even though I read that you often need boosters and it doesnâ€™t totally guarantee that your child wonâ€™t get chicken pox.Â I did it just in case.Â Maybe thatâ€™s where all these questions are coming from.Â Just in case thereâ€™s hell, are you baptizing your child? We did!
Â A few months after he was born, my mother basically planned his baptism, down to choosing his godparents.Â It was then that I realized I had a stance on the whole thing.Â It was no.Â No, I will not be baptizing my child just because it is the norm.Â Maybe now that religious affiliation in this country is shifting, there will be a new norm; one that will stop assuming that everyone has to perform intricate religious ceremonies just in case.