Judicial activism rescues child
Child abuse takes many forms...
Italy’s top court has overruled a couple’s decision in naming their newborn son, labelling their choice “ridiculous”. The couple named their son Venerdi, which in Italian means Friday.
Italy’s Cassation Court has banned the couple from using the name saying it was a ridiculous name that would expose the boy to mockery. The Judges ruled that the name Friday — taken from Daniel Defoe’s famous novel Robinson Crusoe — was associated with “subservience and inferiority”.
Clearly, the poor child would have been at severe risk of taunts from literary critics. The judges did good.
The judges also ordered that the boy be renamed Gregorio, after the saint’s day on which he was born.
The problem now becomes that every child named Gregorio who was born on a Friday will be subject to taunts from literary people of “nerdy Venerdi...”
The couple, known only as Mara O and Roberto G, told the court that they are considering calling their next child Mercoledi, which means Wednesday.
Obviously they haven’t considered the risk to their unborn child of mockery from enthusiasts for ’Sixties sitcoms.
Memo to Cassation Court Judges: These people want flogging...