I am an atheist.
I hereby renounce all the trappings of religion.
I renounce all blessings, benefits, graces, sanctifications, and advantages
supposedly conferred on me by any religion or by any religious act done by me
or on my behalf in the past, present or future.
I condemn as monstrous the idea of original sin, and renounce any baptism
done on my behalf to wash it away.
I reject as ridiculous the idea of an atoning sacrifice and spurn its presumed
I do not believe that any god, supernatural realm or afterlife exists, and
will not act as if they did.
I do not believe that any book, building, place, person, thing or action is
holy and will not pretend that they are.
I do not think that praying is anything more than talking to oneself and will
not make believe that it is.
I do not believe that any person is more sanctified than any other, or that
any human being should be elevated above another in any way, due to ancestry,
race, gender, occupation, belief or for any other reason and will not feign
that I do.
As a principled and rational person, it pains me that someone, somewhere may
be counting me as an adherent of an irrational superstition which has done and
is doing irreparable harm to humanity and with which I profoundly disagree.
Please remove my name from the records of the church, and record that I am no
longer a Roman Catholic. Please send me confirmation of this action. Please do
this as soon as possible.
Suggestions for getting in the mood (optional)
Remember: BLASPHEMY IS A VICTIMLESS CRIME indulge extra during lent.
Attend blasphemous plays and movies buy The Satanic Verses
Write to a Bangladeshi embassy supporting Taslima Nasrin laugh at sacred things. Unsettle the faith of anyone you can. Foster reason, critical thinking and self-esteem in children.
Promote the taxation of churches.
Promote feminism and access to abortion and contraception.
Promote separation of church and state.
Fight creationism and coercive religion in public life.
Public Prayer—Don’t Stand for it!
Promote human rights for all.
Eliminate blasphemy from the criminal code.
Avoid charities that waste money on religious indoctrination
Study real biblical criticism and actual ancient history. Study clear
Read books by Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, Sam Harris, Carl Sagan,
Bertrand Russell, Taslima Nasrin, Daniel Dennett, Paul Kurtz and many, many
Subscribe to your local atheist/rationalist/freethinker/humanist organisation