Local man opts for alternative to baptism: will self-unite with God in civil ceremony

PITTSBURGH: Local Jew Noah Swayne of Turtle Creek skipped the baptism his Christian fiance, Velveeta Lugosi, planned for him and said he's going to "self-unite" with God in a civil ceremony to be held at the Prothonotary's Office in the City-County Building.

"I think sometimes there's a tendency to bring God into religion just a little bit too much," he explained. "I'm trying to roll back the tide on this."

Swayne said there is no significant difference between a formal baptism and his civil self-uniting ceremony. "At the church, they ask if you renounce Satan. Down at the City-County Building, they ask if you renounce the Republican party," he said. "Pretty much the same thing."