The Columbus Dispatch wrote:
Atheists bond during 'de-baptism'
Nonbelievers say they need to show their numbers
Sunday, August 3, 2008 6:10 AM
By Sarah Pulliam
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Belief in God symbolically evaporated when more than a hundred atheists were "de-baptized" with a blow dryer yesterday.
Organizers of the event in Westerville, described as a "coming out party" for atheists, agnostics and humanists, served root beer and crackers with peanut butter and honey to top off the late afternoon ceremony.
"Do you agree that the magical potency of today's ceremony is exactly equal to the magical efficacy of ceremonial baptism with dihydrogen oxide, and do you agree that the power of all magical ceremonies is nonexistent?" Frank Zindler, president of American Atheists, said to launch the de-baptism.
After a resounding "amen" from the audience, the first person in line yelled, "Dry me brother! I'm free!" The crowd laughed as each person squeezed his or her eyes shut and walked underneath the blow dryer.
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