"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Italy In "Uproar"


Strange day today - you won't be surprised to know that this post is Europe-related too. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that crucifixes shouldn't be allowed in the classrooms of state-run schools. Apparently more than 23,000 people signed a Facebook petition against the ruling within a couple of hours of being posted.
"There was uproar in Italy today over a ruling by the European court of human rights that the crucifixes that hang in most Italian classrooms are a violation of religious and educational freedoms."
"The European court has trodden on our rights, our culture, our history, our traditions and our values."
You can't take away the symbols of a people's identity and not expect a comeback.

More here.

6 comments:

  1. Brussels is far too used to Gordon Brown rolling over to their every whim.
    The EU has bitten off more than it can chew with the Vatican!

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  2. A graphic symbol of a man being tortured to death suitable for Primary school kids GV?
    The Transylvanians could have a desk spike with the figure of a man impaled on it; The muslims could have a desktop toy with a plasticine womans head(her hair and face suitably hidden of course)and a wee pile of stones.False beards for the girls of course.(Or is that the Jewish model?)
    The Chinese could have a kneeling figure with a pistol at the nape of it's neck...

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  3. Italians will largely ignore this ruling as is there way but each and every time some local has an axe to grind they will trot out this ruling and have

    http://www.eurogendfor.org/

    on hand to enforce it.

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  4. It took 8yrs to rule on it (not swift justice then) and has huge implications for Italy. The ECHR is separate from the EU so we can't blame the 'glorious elite' for it this time.

    Conan, I take your point but it isn't a question of what you or I think, it's about the Italians and how they perceive their culture.

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  5. Yes, it's ridiculous. Italy is a secular state but regards the crucifix as a cultural and historical symbol. Italians do ignore rules, as your other commenter has said but people are very angry about this ruling.

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