Published February 24, 2015
In a funny albeit passive aggressive move, the board of the Icelandic atheism society, Vantrú, have voted to register all Icelanders as members, reports Vísir.
“You, dear reader, will be a member of Vantrú, unless you specifically deregister yourself from membership,” reads a statement from the atheism society on their website. “Those who have children after March 1 do not need worry that they will miss out on this lively community, as we will automatically register children in Vantrú at birth, regardless of whether their parents have registered as members or not and without their knowledge or consent. That is obviously the best way to go about it. And also the fairest.”
Die Aussage macht deutlich, was mit einem Ísländer nach der Geburt passiert. Per Gesetz werden Kinder, deren Mütter in der Staatskirche gemeldet sind als Standard auch dort registriert — und, wenn sie schließlich erwerbstätig sind, wird ein entsprechender Teil ihrer Steuern der besagten Kirche zugewiesen.
If a person wishes to register as a member of another faith so that their taxes are directed to that religious institution instead or remove themselves from any religious affiliation at all, they must do so by filling out an official government form. If a person under the age of 16 wishes to leave the National Church, they must get their parent or guardian to submit the paperwork for them.
Wie berichtet melden sich mehr Ísländer von der Staatskriche ab, als ihr beitreten.
Vísir also reports that more parents are going out of their way to deregister their children from the National Church at birth. In the last ten years the number of newborns registered with Iceland’s National Church has dropped from 80% in 2005 to 59% last year.
On the Vantrú website it is further noted that in the unlikely event that someone does not wish to become a member of the atheism society they need only send an email announcing as much and include a scanned copy of a valid I.D.
Nur damit es klar ist, Vantrú kann tatsächlich nicht mit offizieller Bedeutung alle Ísländer als Atheisten erfassen.