Category Archives: Religion

European Court Rules on Crucifix in Classrooms

italian_schoolSomewhere, Michael Newdow, the California atheist obsessed with striking God from everywhere but the Bible, is smiling…

As yesterday, the European Court of Human Rights headlined Italian news when they ruled on a case brought by Soile Lautso Albertin, an Italian citizen originally from Finland, who wanted crucifixes removed from her sons’ classrooms. The court decided that the presence of crucifixes in the classrooms is a “violation of the right of parents to educate their children according to their wishes,” and an assault on the “freedom of religion for the students.”

The Italian government was also ordered to pay, five thousand euros, for their part in psychologically damaging the boys who were forced to learn in the midst of a crucifix.

Unscientific results from a web poll posed by Corriere della Sera, show slightly more than half, 52.3%, disagreeing with the court’s decision, with a tad more than nine thousand respondents.

Politicians reacted predictably. Adel Smith, President of the Union of Muslims in Italy who once referred to Jesus Christ as a “miniature cadaver,” questioned how crucifix defenders could have been surprised; “in a state which defines itself as secular, cannot oppress other faiths by showing a particular religious symbol.” And the national secretary of the Union of Atheists and Agnostics joined an Italian communist leader proclaiming victory.

Many mainstream politicians, however, disagreed with the decision. “I think that the ancient tradition of the crucifix could not be offensive to anyone,” argued Pierluigi Bersani, leader of the neo-PD. For Minister Mariastella Gelmini (PDL) “the presence of the crucifix in the classroom does not mean adherence to Catholicism, but is a symbol of our tradition.”

The Vatican is obviously disappointed. From the Corriere della Sera:

Father Federico Lombardi, in a brief speech to Vatican Radio and the Tg1, told of “surprise and regret” with which – in the Papal city – has greeted the decision of the court Council of Europe. “The crucifix – he explained – was always a sign of God’s offer of love and union and shelter for all humanity. It is sad that it has been regarded as a sign of division, exclusion or restriction of freedom.

Regardless of whether one agrees with the ruling or not, the refreshing candor shown by vocal Italian politicians who are unthreatened by their faith and culture, should serve as a lesson to milquetoast American pols, who are often all too eager to undercut their own beliefs to exude tolerance.

As Americans, we always hear how secular and opposed to organized religion Europeans are, yet there are still many schools in Europe where Christmas is celebrated and crosses hang undisturbed.  That might change, and yesterday’s ruling might signal a push for heightened secularism and greater division between governments and religion, but as of today, Christians have more freedom to celebrate their faith.

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Multiculturalism Hits a Snag in Venice

Recently, an incident at the prestigious Venetian museum, Ca Rezzonico, caused a stir when one of their guards asked an Arab tourist to remove her niqab, a veil concealing all but her eyes. After she had purchased a ticket to the museum, she made her way to the second floor with her family and was advised to remove her veil. She refused, and a political firestorm ensued.

The museum director apologized. “It was a decision taken by the guard who has committed a serious error.” But was it really a mistake? According to their own guidelines for immigrants issued in 2007, it wasn’t. Instituted  under the previous center-left government, the law prevents niqabs and burqas because, “they prevent the identification of the person and are an obstacle to the interaction with others.”

Member of the anti-illegal immigrant Northern League, Sen. Castelli requested that the justice minister ensure the safety of the guard’s position at the museum. “He should be given an award, not punished,” cautioned the deputy mayor of nearby Treviso.

Whether the guard was justified in his action, at least the concerning parties are in an environment where they can speak openly and candidly without being labeled racists.

The Forbidden City? Saudi Women Protest Olympic Absence

Puppy Ad Sparks Muslim Outrage and a Wimpy Apology

Using free word association in reverse, what nation would most likely be associated with the following traits or habits: polite, proper, tea, crumpets, politically correct and yellow teeth? The last one might have been unnecessary, but you’ve likely guessed it. The United Kingdom. The word, trait, currently causing Britons the greatest amount of aggravation is their ridiculous penchant for political correctness in the face of the growing Islamic encroachment into British culture.

The latest multicultural friction resulted from an innocuous ad to raise awareness of a new non-emergency number in Tayside, Scotland.

From the Daily Mail:

The advert has upset Muslims because dogs are considered ritually unclean and has sparked such anger that some shopkeepers in Dundee have refused to display the advert.

Dundee councillor Mohammed Asif said: ‘My concern was that it’s not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards.

It’s a shame that councillor Mohammed was given a forum to share his grievances. And instead of declining to comment, the spokesperson for Tayside police had this to say:

‘We did not seek advice from the force’s diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards. That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused.’

By responding to the Muslim representative, the community is acquiescing to a segment of British society, forty percent of whom would like to live under sharia. Just add this latest accommodation to the long list including: pharmacists who won’t dispense the birth-control pill to patients, supermarket cashiers who won’t ring up bottles of brew, Islamic medical students who refuse to attend alcohol and STD related lectures or answer exam questions concerning those subjects.

New al-Qaeda Headquarters?

Known mainly for its place in a worn-out cliché, Timbuktu is on the verge of gaining recognition for something else, something far more sinister. A journalist from the left-leaning Italian magazine, L’espresso, has revealed that Timbuktu, Mali has become the new al-Qaeda outpost for launching terror missions.

Translated into English from the L’espresso article by Fabrizio Gatti:

We are on the border of the new kingdom of Al Qaeda, the free zone that is becoming what Sudan and Afghanistan used to be. The track that accompanies the latest generation of terrorists to training camps passes at the feet of these immense rusty dunes by sunset. A few kilometers north of Timbuktu, the mysterious city of Mali: ten centuries meeting place between black Africa and the Arab conquests and a few months the border post between tolerance and fanaticism. Among them, exists a commando of 15 mujahedin that tell and pride themselves on wanting to hit the Vatican. The commander is a lame Algerian, but the mind behind the plan would be his deputy: a fellow who is just over thirty years old and has lived in Italy.

But remember, this isn’t a religious war. Hitting the Vatican is just a political exercise which has absolutely nothing to do with a secret desire to spook and intimidate Christians by destroying one of Christianity’s greatest symbols.

In Mali, in the great desert north of the river Niger, Al Qaeda is building its future, one that is still possible without having to fight. It’s a territory where terrorists are preparing to use weapons and explosives, hiding commanders that have escaped from Iraq, organizing attacks, and using mobile and impenetrable training camps.

Wrightous Bitterness?

I tuned in for part of Wright’s appearance at the Detroit NAACP dinner and thought I was watching a comedy sketch, not a serious speech. Moreover. his remarks concerning what constitutes ‘classical’ music were downright bizarre. Evidently, it’s now racially insensitive to associate Bach, Brahms and Beethoven with classical music. Why? Because they were European, and horrors, they were white. I suppose we should educate ourselves on Zulu tribal music from the eighteenth century.

This morning in D.C., Obama’s minister added to his symphonic lecture of last night by appearing before the Press Club to rail against the U.S. and its atrocities. Instead of shying away from his unfortunate new-found celebrity, he has embraced the limelight and welcomes the scrutiny.

And I stand before you to open up this two-day symposium with the hope that this most recent attack on the black church is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright; it is an attack on the black church.

I’ll ignore the third person reference, but I cringe whenever I hear anyone refer to themselves in the third person. For me, it’s always a sign of arrogance or lunacy.

The most recent attack on the black church, it is our hope that this just might mean that the reality of the African-American church will no longer be invisible.

What is the reality of the black church? What is he talking about? No one is attacking the black church; they are attacking lunatic ministers who espouse racism and propaganda from their pulpit. I don’t tolerate it from my church, so why should I tolerate blatant lies, politicization and anti-Americanism from Obama’s minister?

Our congregation stood in solidarity with the peasants in El Salvador and Nicaragua, while our government, through Ollie North and the Iran-Contra scandal, was supporting the Contras, who were killing the peasants and the Miskito Indians in those two countries.

He neglects to mention those murdered by the Sandinistas. And what about the FARC, those smarmy communist rebels in central and South America who are responsible for child-trafficking, kidnapping, drug-running, rape and murder? He probably doesn’t want to mention them. Because according to laptops recovered by the Colombian government, the FARC are praying Obama will win the election so they can resume their guerrilla war that has been hampered by Colombian President Uribe and his relationship with the current White House.

And the Reverend had more communist/terrorist shout-outs to offer. Apparently, he was annoyed by Bill Moyers’ attempt to make his interview as controversy-free as possible.

So what I think about him, as I’ve said on Bill Moyers and it got edited out, how many other African-Americans or European-Americans do you know that can get one million people together on the mall? He is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century. That’s what I think about him….Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains. He did not put me in slavery. And he didn’t make me this color.

Boy, that whole paragraph is littered with inaccuracies. From the ridiculous term “European-American” to the claim that Louis Farrakhan is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century, his reality is truly warped. And, is the Reverend a slave? Was he ever a slave? I thought slavery ended with the Civil War.

His bitterness continued…

Britain has apologized to Africans, but this country’s leaders have refused to apologize. So until that apology comes, I’m not going to keep stepping on your foot and asking you, “Does this hurt? Do you forgive me for stepping on your foot?” if I’m still stepping on your foot.

Understand that? Capiche?

First of all, Mr. I speak five languages, Italian must not be one of them, because capiche is a slang form of hai capito or capisci, and is only spoken in southern Italy and “Godfather” movies.

The Reverend seems awfully obsessed with the Romans and, as he calls them, “garlic nosed Italians”?

The Roman oppression is the period in which Jesus is born. And comparing imperialism that was going on in Luke, imperialism was going on when Caesar Augustus sent out a decree that the whole world should be taxed. They weren’t in charge of the world. It sounds like some other governments I know.

Actually Reverend, the Romans were in charge of the world, and your comparison is rather off-base. Instead of taxing the world, the United States gives more to feed, clothe and medicate than any other country.

But in all seriousness, Jeremiah Wright’s Monday appearance before the Press Club in D.C begs the question: Is Wright really this loony or is he simply trying to make it easier for Barack Obama to cut him loose and disavow his outrageous positions?

Obama: Don’t Want My Daughters Punished with a Baby

Way to rally Obamacans…

Obama speaking on his daughters and their sex education Saturday at a townhall meeting in Pennsylvania: (From CBN News)

I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. You know, so it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.

That’s the fist time I’ve heard a baby referred to as punishment and subsequently equated with an STD, almost all in the same breath.

Extemporaneous and unplanned, his comments reveal a frightening view of the unborn.