Italy's right to curb Islam with mosque law


Muslims take part in the first Friday prayers of the Holy month of Ramadan in Rome’s mosque September 5, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/files

By Stephen Brown

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Northern League, allies of centre-right Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, want to limit the growth of Islam in the centre of world Catholicism by blocking the construction of mosques through strict new regulations.

Muslim immigrants using Italy as a route into Europe already get a foretaste of the mistrust with which many Europeans view their religion, with many projects for mosques and prayer halls already blocked by the opposition of local Italian residents.

But if the anti-immigrant Northern League pushes its bill through parliament — where Berlusconi’s coalition has a strong majority — Italy will soon have a new law effectively blocking the construction of new mosques in much of the country.

Fearing the advent of “Eurabia,” the League has used its control of Berlusconi’s interior ministry since helping him to power to push through tough new laws against illegal immigrants.

It has now turned its attention to the newcomers’ religion, emboldened by polls showing many Italians mistrust Muslims and a third do not want a mosque in their neighborhood.

The Northern League has “made life difficult for the Islamic component (of immigrants in Italy) in every sense and especially with regards to places of worship,” the president of the Islamic Cultural Institute of Milan, Abdel Hamid Sha’ari, told Reuters.

Not just recent or illegal immigrants feel unwelcome, but also established Muslim residents like Jihad Amro, who said: “I have paid taxes for 17 years but I still don’t feel at home.” Be gone, Jihad…

“There are still situations where I feel uncomfortable or strange because they (Italians) don’t see me as someone who is integrated,” Amro, a Palestinian, told Reuters TV in Rome. 

The League’s anti-Muslim protests have often made headlines, such as when Roberto Calderoli, now a cabinet minister, walked his pet pig on a proposed mosque site to defile the soil or wore a T-shirt of the Prophet Mohammad, triggering riots in Libya.

Every Italian should have a pig and Muhammad T-shirt…

The League runs many town halls in the prosperous north, the homeland it calls “Padania” which is also home to a majority of Italy’s immigrants and of its more than 1 million Muslims.

Estimating that permission for a new mosque or prayer hall is granted somewhere in the country every four days, Northern League parliamentarian Andrea Gibelli told Reuters: “I consider this to be an unfettered colonization of our culture.”


Gibelli, the author of the bill awaiting cabinet approval, says mosques discourage integration and “are often places of cultural indoctrination, sometimes linked to international terrorism.”

Arguing that Muslims can “pray anywhere” and do not need a mosque, Berlusconi’s allies have blocked Muslims from building their own place of worship in Italy’s business capital, Milan.

They have been shunted from a makeshift mosque on a pavement outside a converted garage to a velodrome, inspiring Islamist parliamentarians in Egypt to demand sanctions against Italy.

What sanctions? Does Italy need Egypt? Tell them to get stuffed!

“Muslims in Italy have the right to open some prayer halls or formal mosques,” said the president of the Muslim World League in Italy, Mario Scialoja.

“I can understand some political parties or Italian communities may have problems seeing a mosque built in their area, as it might hurt the value of their property,” he told Reuters. “But a solution has to be found.” The solution is internment & deportations…

At present requests for mosques to be built are being blocked in Venice, Bologna, Trento and Treviso, among others. In Trento the League has collected 15,000 signatures and in Treviso it has called young local Muslims “extremists, pure and simple.”

The League bill would ban mosques from being built within a kilometer (0.6 miles) of a church, oblige imams to speak Italian, link the size of the mosque to the number of the congregation and forbid muezzins from using loudspeakers to call the faithful to prayer.

It will ban minarets and, crucially, give the final word to local residents via a referendum — which would effectively mean no new mosques in League-dominated areas of the north. Good!

“Nobody wants to build a mosque or open a prayer hall near a Catholic Church,” responds Scialoja, a former Italian ambassador to Saudi Arabia who converted to Islam two decades ago.

Liar. You sold your culture and your civilization to the barbarians, Scialoja. You traitor!

“Mosques should be located in areas where Muslims live and where they don’t provoke or create problems for the surrounding Italian population,” he said.

But that’s the idea. The Muzz wants to be in your face, haven’t you learned that yet, Scialoja?

Pensioner Isabella Fanicula, who lives near the latest site of Milan’s itinerant mosque, asks: “Why do they have to stay here in the middle of all the people? People have their homes here. They should go away, into the country somewhere.”

But the fate of a mosque in Colle Val D’Elsa in rural Tuscany, held up by ferocious opposition from locals and funding problems, suggests green-field mosques will not prosper either.

 It shouldn’t. It should never happen!

(Additional reporting by Eleanor Biles and Cristiano Corvino, editing by Mark Trevelyan)

11 thoughts on “Italy's right to curb Islam with mosque law”

  1. That’s why they are giving Ghedaffi 5 billion euros – coz they are trying to stop islam.

  2. All mosques in the West, no matter where they are built, MUST dominate the nearest church and so are invariably built higher than the nearest Church or Cathedral if these scum can get away with it.

  3. A poster above correctly points out that Berlusconi agreed to give 5 billion dollars to the Libyan thugs for “damage done” during the colonial era. We believe this is a serious error in judgment and nothing other than paying the jiziyah, tribute to the blackmailing barbarians of North-Africa.

    Here is another article as to why Berlusconi may have agreed to pay:

    So yes, they (Italians) may not be able to stop Islam, but they’re hoping to reduce the flood of impoverished Muselmanic invaders into the country.
    Paying the jiziyah is obviously the wrong way of doing it. But in this case Italy is not alone, all Western nations are guilty.

  4. The rest of Europe and USA and Australia should take heed of what the Italians are doing.

    If mosques cannot be built then Hindu and Buddhidt Temples should also face the same laws in Europe and elsewhere.

    After all you could easily build a church in Saudi Arabia if you really want to.

    The Saudis are always very accommodating in matters that affect others.

    They do not like stoning of women or chopping off arms and legs. Hopefully Italy would not pass laws to stone women other than for pleasure and past time like 2000 years ago in the Colliseum.

  5. ISA BEN YUSOF are you not ashamed to follow MohaMad who raped 6 year old Aiysha when he was 56 years old?

    Why are you lying about Saudi Arabia? Everyone knows Saudi DO NOT permit even a Bible into the country let alone churches. They search you at the airport and if a bible is found they shred it then and there. Saudis chop head off, stone women to death and kill christians. They love doing this just like sex prophet MohaMAd of Islam.

    Italy lead the way. Kick muslims out

  6. I think decision in Italy is wrong and against religious telerence accross the world.

    This the for the entire world to condernm this barbaric decision is intended supress and reduced the growth and development if Islam in Italy.

  7. Musa, would you be happy if Italy was as tolerant of mosques as Saudi
    Arabia is of churches and Bibles?

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