Monday, January 07, 2013
Personal names and the Nanny State (e.g, Iceland)
Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, among others, have offical rules about what one can name their child. This mother in Iceland gave her newborn daughter a name that the government says is a masculine one and she cannot use it. She is listed as "girl" on official documents. The rationale is to protect children from the embarrassment of having an unuusal name. Welcome to the Nanny State mentality. Many on the left look to Europe as the model for government. Anyone who loves liberty would find this outrageous. Maybe they need to re-think this if they really care about human autonomy in personal matters that really harm no one.