I think this is more the norm than folks being fearful that all hell would break loose, as in Toj's.<quoted text>
Um, I know what confirmation is. And you continue to miss the point. Confirmation is just a continuation of the acceptance of a tradition. I went through it when I was 13, and it was just part of the deal of going to church. I "chose" to go through confirmation in the same fashion that I "chose" to go to school. it was just part of the deal. As for your two people, I appreciate the second person on this issue as they came to their position after giving the matter consideration.
It's just what you do at a certain point in time when you've been raised to be a Christian and have known only that religion from birth. Most folks just mindlessly go along with it.