Giuliano Ferrara

On this date in 1952, Giuliano Ferrara was born in Rome, Italy. He served as chief organizer for the Italian Communist Party in his 20s. Ferrarra left the Communist party in 1982 and became known for being a conservative and strong advocate against abortion. During Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s first seven-month term in 1994, Giuliano served as Berlusconi’s cabinet spokesman, senior aid and chief political strategist. In 1996, he founded the controversial daily newspaper Il Foglio, published in Rome, and became its editor in chief. He has also hosted the popular Italian talk show “8 ½.” In 2008, Ferrara unsuccessfully ran for the Italian Parliament on an anti-abortion platform.

In 2008, Ferrarra was described in the New York Times as an “avowed atheist and nonbeliever.” He refers to himself as a “devout atheist,” according to an April 8, 2008 Independent article.

“I’m still a nonbeliever, even though my idea of reason is the idea of a reason which is open to mystery.” 

—Giuliano Ferrara, to The New York Times, April 6, 2008

Compiled by Sabrina Gaylor

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