Religion: Baptism or Blackmail?

Dennis Filler, a London shipping clerk, went round to see the parson of St. Peter's. The Rev. John Perry, he thought, would be delighted to baptize his two-month-old daughter, Christine Margaret; the vicar had married the Fillers years before, and Dennis had been a lifelong member of St. Peter's in the East End district of Hackney. But at the church, Dennis Filler was told flatly that, considering his spotty record of churchgoing, he would have to take religious instruction before his child could be baptized.

After three weeks of instruction, Filler thought he had enough. But Parson Perry was adamant, and Parent...

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