Apostasy in Argentina

This website is written in Spanish but here’s a rough English translation.

The purpose is to educate Argentinians about the power the Catholic Church has over the country and how one can leave the church.

Reader Néstor explains how the site helps:

They provide information and awareness to people here about how the church uses their names, just because they have been baptized and they appear on their database records, as a base to put political pressure on the government on those issues that they want to remain as they are now (gay marriage, sexual education, abortion, etc). Not to mention the enormous amount of money that the state gives them to support the religion that is an insult to the atheists and people from other religions.

Néstor adds that Argentina’s constitution used to say (until 1994) that a person could not be president unless he/she was a Catholic.

This is an extremely useful site for those Spanish speakers who want to find a way to disassociate themselves with the Argentinian Church.

  • http://mojoey.blogspot.com mojoey

    It gives me hope. The Catholic church is a powerful political institution in South America. It is good to see somebody fighting the good fight.

  • TheChristian

    That is really new: a religion that is an insult to the atheists? Hmm … I thought it was atheists who insulted religion. It really does seem that way from reading blogs, and even in that smooth-talking atheist video recently posted up on this site.

  • Trace

    Good effort. Best of luck!

  • http://thinkingforfree.blogspot.com/ Eamon Knight

    That is really new: a religion that is an insult to the atheists? Hmm … I thought it was atheists who insulted religion.

    Lessee: Christians think I have no morals, deserve to be tortured for eternity, am stupid to believe in evolution, etc. — seems insulting to me. But that’s OK: I don’t mind being insulted by Christians; my response is just to insult them back (by which I mean: to speak truth back to them, which is frequently implicitly insulting).

    What I would object to, however, is if a group I that insults me gets preferential treatment from the government, in part by inflating its membership numbers.

  • marsmar

    I keep on reading “autopsy” in Argentina for some strange reason.

  • Martin

    @TheChristian: Maybe it is me being a non-native english speaker, but I think that sentence could be meant as “The catholic church getting state money is an insult to everyone else (who does not)”.

  • Isabel de Herrera

    Argentina is still a very Catholic Country, according with statistics more than 40% of those who were baptized go to Church at least every Sunday. WE ARE CATHOLICS and we respect others religions or agnostic positions, because in general we are in favour of pluralism. But please don’t sell us your lies and hate against God, because even Agnostic people in this country, they will never support such campaign. By the way, in Argentina the Roman Catholic Church is still supported by the Argentine State, according with our Constitution of 1853/94 (Article 2). In spite of the fact that the current government’s relation with the Church is not the better, but they don’t ignore how important is our Holy Church in our lives and that we are millions defending our Faith against all its enemies.

  • Néstor Daniel Altamirano

    Hi everyone,

    I’m Nestor. I meant exactly what Martin explained with the phrase “Not to mention the enormous amount of money that the state gives them to support the religion that is an insult to the atheists and people from other religions”. The insult is that we all have to support the catholic church with our taxes. I’m sorry if it wasn’t clear enough.. :)

    Cheers!

  • Vene

    My thoughts on TheChristian’s comment. If you don’t want to be insulted, don’t have such stupid beliefs.

  • Martin

    @Isabel de Herrera: Why is it a good thing to defend your faith? What if your faith was wrong and you didn’t know it?

    There are a lot of people (my guess would be most of them) who attack catholicism because they believe catholicism is harmful.


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