My father kept pressing me to get confirmed (as an Anglican - Generally you do this about 14-16). I kept refusing because I did not quite believe.
Finally, as a supposedly clinching argument, he said to just do it to let my godparents off the hook for my soul. Then I could do whatever I wanted.
I responded by asking who my godparents were.
The subject of confirmation never came up again.
I've been asked to act as godfather for the children of two relatives, neither of whom I have seen or spoken to for the last 30 years. I probably wouldn't recognize the children (who are full-grown by now) if I met them on the street.
Seems like a useless custom to me.
Uhhh...so some infant, who doesn't even have the concept of the number 2...or not to number 2 in it's diaper...can't have a friend or family member assigned to assist raising? I didn't know that...and it seems like a stupid rule. Seems like that's who SHOULD have godparents...since they are being raised without the guidance and brainwashing into ridiculous beliefs.