Now imagine if the Raelians (or any religious minority) were doing that to babies (or forced circumcision), imagine the reaction in the media and politicians making laws to stop dangerous “cults”, but as it is done by dominant large religions then nothing is done. That has to change! No religion should be imposed on babies or even children! I remind everybody that to become Raelian you must be at least 15 years old and pass a short examination proving that it’s your choice and that it is not your parents forcing you, and that the Messages recommend teaching children all religions (including atheism) and letting them chose if they wish to embrace one when they reach the age of 15.
A Russian Orthodox priest sparked outrage on social media after a mother claimed he bruised and nearly drowned her toddler during an intense ‘exorcism-like’ baptism ceremony.
Priest Vasily Necheporenko, known by his church name Photios, was suspended for a year following the disturbing infant baptism ceremony, which ended with the child’s family filing a police report.
The incident took place over the weekend at a small church in the city of Gatchina, around 40km from St. Petersburg. A video of the ceremony shows the priest taking the one-year-old baby and carrying it to the small baptismal font. According to the Russian Orthodox tradition, a child has to be dipped three times in holy water in order to be baptized.
The child is seen crying loudly and appears to be resisting. The priest tries to submerge the baby several times, forcefully pushing it inside the font, and then clumsily lifting it up.