I got this article off Yahoo news. It'll surely turn up other places. Pasted the entire article below (its not long) but the direct link is:
I must say, even as a freethinker (my self-descriptive preference over agnostic or atheist), that I agree with De Albertis statement that "if I went to a foreign country I would never dream of asking them to take down a religious symbol representing their faith, culture and traidtions..."
Well, far as I'm concerned - Right On, Mr De Albertis. Keep the crucifixes up there ! I mean, isn't that a part of Italy?
No, I wouldn't want Baptist symbology hovering over me (or my pregnant wife:) ) over here, but... Italy? Without crucifixes?? C'mon !!
Would love to know other SHL readers thoughts.
Anyway, read on:
Milan hospital removes crucifixes, sparks row Thu May 10, 10:21 AM ET
A top Italian maternity hospital has drawn criticism from right-wing politicians by replacing crucifixes on the walls of its wards with images of the Virgin Mary so as not to offend immigrant women giving birth there.
Basilio Tiso, head of Milan's Mangiagalli clinic where 7,000 women give birth each year, said it was felt the Virgin's image was more fitting to motherhood and was less of a religious statement than a crucifix.
"We have so many people who come here from different backgrounds, different countries," he told Reuters, adding that the move was intended to "help us all live together in a more civil way."
But Carla De Albertis, a Milan townhall official in charge of health affairs, called the decision "folly."
"If I went to a foreign country, I would never dream of asking them to take down a religious symbol representing their faith, culture and traditions," she said.
"We should not lead people to believe that we are ashamed of our roots," she said.
Ignazio La Russa, from the right-wing National Alliance, called on the hospital's patients to take their own crosses with them and put them on the walls.
The Mangiagalli, Milan's largest obstetric hospital, is known for its secular stance in defending women's right to have an abortion in a predominantly Roman Catholic country where doctors can refuse to terminate pregnancies for religious motives.
"There weren't many crosses in this hospital anyway and we thought the image of the Virgin Mary would be more fitting in a maternity ward," Tiso said.
Italy has one of the lowest birth rates in the world and many of those who have babies are immigrants.
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