World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics

Article Id: WHEBN0008051037
Reproduction Date:

Title: Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Happy Human
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics

Unione degli Atei e degli Agnostici Razionalisti
Abbreviation UAAR
Formation 1991, march 18
Type APS
Region served Italy
Official language Italian
General Secretary Raffaele Carcano

The Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics (Unione degli Atei e degli Agnostici Razionalisti, UAAR) is the only nationwide association of atheists and agnostics in Italy. It is completely independent from political parties or lobbies of any kind. It numbers around 3,000 members.[1]

UAAR was founded in 1991 to promote the diffusion of atheist and agnostic ideas, operate for a thoroughly secular State, and struggle against any privilege granted to the Roman Catholic religion and against any discrimination of nonbelievers.

UAAR's activities include the following:

  • Since December 1996, UAAR has regularly published the bi-monthly magazine L’Ateo (The Atheist) and in 1998 it created a website on the Internet.
  • Besides seeking contacts with government representatives, UAAR is prepared to initiate legal actions to obtain the full acknowledgement for atheism and atheists' rights; they have, for instance, obtained recognition of the right for those baptised as infants to be considered no longer Catholic if they wish.

Among UAAR's main goals is the abrogation of article 7 of the Italian Constitution, which recognises the Lateran Treaties between Italy and Vatican City.

The Atheist Bus Campaign

The original Italian Atheist Bus ad.: "The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is that you don't need it"

In January 2009, the organization promoted an atheist bus campaign inspired by the similar initiative of the British Humanist Association. The campaign, due to start on February 4, 2009, was symbolically launched in Genoa, on the occasion of the nomination of the city's archbishop, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, as president of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI).

The original slogan chosen for the Italian campaign reads: "The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is that you don't need it".[2] On 16 January 2009 IGPDecaux, the company holding licenses for ads on public transport in Genoa, refused to give authorization to the atheist bus campaign on the grounds that it may "offend the moral, civic and religious convictions of the public".[3] Antonio Catricalà, the then head of the Italian National Authority for Fair Trading and Competition, announced that the Authority filed a case against the Atheist Bus initiative because of the potentially "dangerous and mendacious nature" of the ads.[4] As a reaction, the UAAR launched a new campaign in Genoa with a different slogan to comply with the advertising authority's rules: "The good news is that there are millions of atheists in Italy. The excellent news is they believe in freedom of speech".[5][6]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Campagna bus". UAAR. January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  3. ^ """Genova, stop ai bus con la pubblicità "Dio non esiste. Reuters Italia. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Indagine sui bus atei: «Pubblicità pericolosa»". Il Giornale. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Genova, gli ateobus UAAR ‘tornano’ in circolazione". UAAR. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Toned-down atheist bus ad OK'd". ANSA. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2001-09-31. 

External links

  • Official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.