Fighting Islam with Pigs November 10, 2007Posted by dorigo in humor, news, politics.
It is with a unusual mix of shame and amusement that I read the news today about the latest action of Lega Nord activists in Padova. Lega Nord is a political party with roots in northern Italy opposed to the present italian government, and a strong ally of Berlusconi’s “Forza Italia”. The party borders xenophoby, as every now and then its leaders and activists like to remind us with shameful actions of all kinds.
Today a jolly brigade of activists brought a pig to an area that the mayor of Padova Flavio Zanonato had assigned to citizens of muslim faith for a new mosque. Mariella Mazzetto, leader of Padova’s Lega Nord, explained that they thus “blessed” the territory. She explained it is a question of defense of “italian identity”. The pig’s promenade in the area and its probable droppings are thought to be a real hindrance for muslims to accept the place as the site of a new place of prayer, since their faith considers the animal impure.
I feel ashamed, because I always thought Italy and my countrymen have many defects if compared to other civilized countries, but I thought xenophoby was not one of our sins. Well, at least xenophoby had never been broadcast so clearly as a value by a political party. But Lega Nord is trying to change that picture, of course: as is clear by inspecting the one on the left, which shows the close ties of these fellows with our pinky and stinky friend.
I hate to say it, but I also have to confess I feel amusement at the crazy idea of “fighting the islamization of the West” with pig droppings. I am reminded of Beppe Grillo, the famous italian blogger, who had suggested in 1991 that the US air force should drop salami on Iraq rather than bombs. That was a low level of humor, of which I do not think Grillo is too proud… And neither am I of my amusement today, but I cannot help it: in me, the anti-xenophobic gene is strong, but still stronger is the anti-religious one. Oh well, nobody’s perfect…