Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Italian Courts Change Boy's Name!

Now this story is a crazy one! A mother named her child Friday and even had him baptised by that name. Usually, in Italy a priest will not perform the baptism if your first name is not of Christian origin. Well, for whatever reason this priest wasn't opposed or just didn't care about his responsibility at the time. The boy was about five months old when a city hall clerk noticed that he had a different name. She then snitched to a tribunal who then took the issue to the higher courts. The tribunal said that they were saving the child from a life of taunting. The family appealed, but lost and so the end result for the boy...Gregory Friday Germano! The appeals court upheld the decision, because of a novel written by Daniel Defoe titled Robinson Crusoe. Also, superstitious Italians believe that Friday is an unlucky day. I mean seriously, is it really up to the tribunal to protect a child or the parents? The mother is so infuriated by the opinion of the court and even came out with this statement: "I really doubt this would have happened to the child of parents who are rich and famous," the boy's mother told Reuters, recalling that some famous Italians had given their children unorthodox names such as "Ocean" or "Chanel". So, socio-economic status does rule the world, just what I thought!

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