Because “mosques can be used to ‘spread hatred for the West.'”
Can anyone honestly dispute that assertion?
Italy is fighting a rapidly increasing Muslim presence by introducing a bill to block construction of Islamic mosques and prohibit minarets, or prayer watchtowers, and loudspeaker chants.
Italy’s Northern League, a political movement that is part of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s governing coalition, introduced the legislation. According to a Financial Times report, Northern League Chief of Deputies Roberto Cota will present the bill to parliament next week.
The proposal will also require mosques to be at least one kilometer away from nearby churches, and sermons must be conducted in Italian rather than Arabic.
Critics say the bill will face insurmountable challenges because it violates constitutional rights and lacks support from Berlusconi’s Forza Italia Party and the National Alliance. However, the Catholic UDC Party supports the bill.
Italy is estimated to be the home of 1.2 million Muslims and 258 registered mosques, and Islam is the second largest religion in the country. Many Italians have become concerned about what they believe to be an overwhelming Islamic presence.
Italian authorities have already suspended plans to build a mosque in Bologna.
According to the UK Guardian, members of Silvio Berlusconi’s government proposed a similar law in 2004 because they said mosques can be used to “spread hatred for the West.”
In 2001, the U.S. Treasury department dubbed a major mosque in Milan as “the main al-Qaida station house in Europe.”
Fallaci’s family-memoir “A Hat Full of Cherries” was recently published by Rizzoli. It is a family memoir, going back several generations, and not about Islam. But, obliquely, readers are reminded of what Italy — or the parts of Italy in which her grandparents lived — were like, what the rhythms and details of life were like, before the “progress” Italians see all about them, and despair — see the birth-rates — today.
And much of that despair has to do with the extracomunitari, the non-Italians who flood into Italy, a very few engaged in legal work, others -the wandering tribe of Vu Cumpra (You’ll Buy?) selling their trashy fakes at every tourist destination, or the drug dealers, prostitutes, and other petty criminals all over the place. Not all of them are Muslims. There are great problems with illegals from Rumania and Albania, and also with the Gypsies. But the greatest problem of all is that of the Muslims who keep flooding in, and against whom the most elementary measures of self-defense, such as those described in the article above, cannot be taken without a terrific political battle against the “buonismo” — the goody-goodyness, of too many who have made blind, unthinking, uncriticcal “tolerance” into an Article of Faith, even when what is being “tolerated” are the bearers of an ideology that Mussolini very likely, and Hitler most certainly, found most appealing, most admirable.
Even Fallaci’s memoir of Italy-in-the-old-days, can heighten awareness of what was then present, and what then was absent.
Posted by: HughÂ Â atÂ September 1, 2008 9:22 AM