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Woman asks for removal of crucifix to vote in local election

Italian secular activist stages one-person protest

Woman asks for removal of crucifix to vote in local election

L'Aquila, May 27 - An objector to mixing religion and state staged a one-person protest on Monday at a polling station at the town of Sulmona in central Italy's Abruzzo region. The woman entered the elementary school being used for city council elections, looked around, and before casting her ballot asked the polling station supervisor to remove a crucifix on the wall. She said it was "incompatible with the principle of secularism of the state" and she did feel she could exercise her "right" in its presence. The voter, Liana Moca, is coordinator of the Rationalist Agnostics and Atheists Union (UAAR). The polling station supervisor accepted the request without objection. Moca waited until the cross was removed before casting her ballot.

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