Welcome to blog 1 of 2 this week. I know I missed a week, and apologies for that- I was off-island and didn’t have much data allowance to play with!
It recently came to my knowledge that godparents need to be baptised to take up their role.
Now, I can understand the historical reasoning behind this. I’m not one given to questioning a religion’s reasons and beliefs, and I’m not intending to offend anyone who may be Christian. I respect everyone’s right to choose their faith, and long may we live in a country where have that choice.
But, it’s 2011. The UK, according to figures I can find at http://www.statistics.gov.uk from the 2001 census, is split as follows: 72% Christian, 15% no religion, 13% other. That’s almost 1 in 3 people not christian, and so ineligible. Who knows how many people who have listed their religion are active in any case!
I’m fully aware of the legal responsibilities, and the moral ramifications of what being a godparent entails, and the rule to me seems needlessly dogmatic in this day and age.
I do not base this view on my religious views (irrelevant for this brief article), but more on the thought: why would a ceremony carried out when you are under 2 years old make you more suitable to take on an adoptive parent role 30 years later?
I hope this comes across as balanced. I do not mean to demean any belief system, but much more I do mean to question rules that have always been in place, and are not re-thought. No pithy link to the title to end this one I’m afraid!