Vantrú, the Icelandic atheist organization, has unilaterally decided co-opt all the children born in that country and automatically enroll all Icelanders as atheists. I guess that means the percentage of atheists in Iceland will leap from roughly 10% to nearly 100%.
“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.”
I hope they’re also slow and reluctant about following requests to strike names from the rolls.
Although, actually, declaring that everyone is enrolled in Vantrú doesn’t actually make them atheists — that’s a personal decision. But it does a fine job of illustrating the silliness of declaring babies at birth to be Catholic or Lutheran or whatever.
The statement highlights what happens to Icelanders at birth. By law children of mothers registered in the National Church are registered in it by default and – once they begin working – a portion of their taxes is appropriated to said church.
Oh, wait. Can Vantrú also get a cut of everyone’s taxes by default?