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FAITH UNDER FIRE
Atheists abandon attempt to ban baptisms
‘Americans should be aware such lawsuits may seem far-fetched, but are happening’
Posted: August 15, 2008
© 2008 WorldNetDaily
An atheism-promoting organization has withdrawn its lawsuit demanding Christian baptisms of children be banned in Italy after a U.S.-based legal team took on the defense of a bishop and the Roman Catholic Church there.
I wanted to let you know that the article is profoundly misleading.
If there ever were such a stupid lawsuit (and I never heard of if, even though I live in Italy) it was certainly not brought by UAAR.
Instead, the real point of the issue in Italy is that UAAR is fighting to obtain the possibility for adult people to OPT-OUT (to use a common expression) from being legally considered baptized, if they decide so.
This should be considered obvious: if I am an adult and I ask you not to consider me a Catholic anymore you shouldn’t insist about what my parents did on my name at my birth.
In fact, the Italian Catholic Church has long resisted, also because the number of baptized people is used to determine the amount of public money going to the Church (with a mechanism drawing money from contributors – taxpayers – of all faiths and also with no religious faith).
Does anyone think that a person who was baptized at birth loses the right to have a say on his personal religious beliefs?
I personally respect all religions, and I think that each individual has to say what religion he belongs to, if any (and that each religion should respect other religions as well as agnostics and atheists).
Fabio Turone, member of UAAR, Italy
I wrote a note in Italian here
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