Here’s a fine idea to benefit the public: an exchange progrram called Fiction for Fiction in which people can trade in their tired old religious texts for novels. It seems a little unfair, though: they’re offering great novels in exchange. Wouldn’t it be better to trade them some tatty old cheap pulp for the Bible? I think exchanging Gor novels for the Bible would be thematically appropriate. (Trading porn for bibles is also a good idea). The one big problem with these schemes, though, is that the organizers are going to end up with a big stack of even more crappy books than they started with.
An idea that doesn’t involve accumulating bad books is this one: debaptism. A fellow actually got a church to accept a debaptism certificate — he argued that because the original baptism was done against his will and without his consent, it was invalid and the church records needed to be amended. Of course, this was an Anglican church, and we all know how easy they are…I’d like to see this done with the Catholics or Mormons.
Anyway, all you have to do is a) buy the certificate of debaptism (£3), and b) live in the UK. Isn’t it just peachy that those of us who need it most live in places where we can’t get it? Some American group ought to run with this idea.