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Italian minister puts Mohammad cartoon on T-shirts
Reuters ^ | 02/14/2006 | Crispian Balmer

Posted on 02/14/2006 8:40:57 AM PST by Theoden

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Reform Minister Roberto Calderoli has had T-shirts made emblazoned with cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a move that could embarrass Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government.

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KEYWORDS: antidhimmitude; blasphemy; calderoli; cartoon; cartoons; denamrk; denmark; immigrantlist; immigration; iran; iraq; islam; italy; jihad; madmo; mohammed; muslims; rop; sharia; terrorism; tshirts; wot
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Calderoli, a member of the anti-immigrant Northern League party, told Ansa news agency on Tuesday that the West had to stand up against Islamist extremists and offered to hand out T-shirts to anyone who wanted them.

"I have had T-shirts made with the cartoons that have upset Islam and I will start wearing them today," Ansa quoted Calderoli as saying.

He said the T-shirts were not meant to be a provocation but added that he saw no point trying to appease extremists.

"We have to put an end to this story that we can talk to these people. They only want to humiliate people. Full stop. And what are we becoming? The civilization of melted butter?" Calderoli said.

The publication of the cartoons in some European newspapers, including one showing an image of the prophet with a bomb for a turban, have provoked widespread anger in the Muslim world.

Many Muslims believe it is blasphemous to depict the Prophet and there have been a number of violent protests in the Middle East and Asia.

The Northern League, which is gearing up for an April general election, has leapt on the controversy to promote its own far-right political agenda.

RELIGIOUS WAR

The League has long led the charge against illegal immigration and its leaders say the cartoon violence shows the dangers of allowing Muslim immigrants to settle in Italy.

"This is only the tip of the iceberg of the religious war Islamist extremists have declared on us," Calderoli told reporters earlier this month. Continued ...

1 posted on 02/14/2006 8:41:00 AM PST by Theoden
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The Italian press reported that Berlusconi last week urged Calderoli to take a more moderate stance over the issue, but the minister said on Tuesday he had no intention of keeping quiet. "As for Berlusconi, seeing as he has compared himself to Jesus Christ, I would call on him to follow (Christ's) example and think about evangelizing Christian values and not be evangelized by Islam," Calderoli was quoted as saying. Berlusconi caused a storm at the weekend when he said: "I am the Jesus Christ of politics...I sacrifice myself for everyone." Maintaining a steady stream of anti-foreigner invective, Calderoli earlier this month dismissed a Palestinian journalist on a television chat show, as: "that suntanned lady". He also said he was delighted newcomers to Italy would not benefit from a government scheme to encourage people to have more children. "I am proud of the fact that the baby bonus will only go to Italian citizens. I say to all those Ali Babas that either Allah or their governments will have to think of them." The League's anti-immigrant stance has found a sympathetic audience in the wealthy north of Italy, where many third world immigrants have settled in recent years. League politicians say the immigrants are responsible for growing crime rates and are also challenging Italians for jobs. Latest opinion polls say the League will get up to six percent of the vote in the April election against just 3.9 percent in the 2001 ballot. However, it is not clear what part the anti-immigrant rhetoric has played in this increase.

2 posted on 02/14/2006 8:41:54 AM PST by Theoden (Fidei Defensor - Deus vult!)
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"This is only the tip of the iceberg of the religious war Islamist extremists have declared on us," Calderoli told reporters earlier this month

No doubt, buddy.

3 posted on 02/14/2006 8:42:11 AM PST by L98Fiero
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To: Theoden

Excellent work Calderoli!


4 posted on 02/14/2006 8:44:34 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: Theoden
"Italian minister puts Mohammad cartoon on T-shirts"

Bahahahaha!!

Can't say those Italians are wimps now can ya?

5 posted on 02/14/2006 8:45:48 AM PST by Earthdweller ("West to Islam" Cake. Butter your liberals, slowly cook France, stir in Europe then watch it rise.)
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"This is only the tip of the iceberg of the religious war Islamist extremists have declared on us," Calderoli told reporters earlier this month

More and more people are getting it.

Can Bush and Rice be far behind? -Tom

6 posted on 02/14/2006 8:46:18 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: Theoden

I must remember to vaction in Italy some day. God bless these folks.


7 posted on 02/14/2006 8:46:50 AM PST by lesser_satan
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He might as well have simply made up t-shirts festooned with a bullseye on them.


8 posted on 02/14/2006 8:47:01 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: agere_contra

If I were in Italy for the Olympics, I would be the first in line for one of thesen shirts!


9 posted on 02/14/2006 8:47:09 AM PST by Theoden (Fidei Defensor - Deus vult!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick; najida; PaulaB; EX52D; teenyelliott; peacebaby; Millee; ...

Now - that's funny right there!!!!

Where can I get this shirt!?


10 posted on 02/14/2006 8:47:29 AM PST by Dashing Dasher (Happy Valentine's Day! or as mhking likes to say, Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: Theoden

Go Calderoli! Hope your insurance is paid up, though.

Between him & Fabrizio Quattrocchi, my hopes for Italy are improving.


11 posted on 02/14/2006 8:49:21 AM PST by nina0113 (We got permits, yes we DO! We got permits, how 'bout YOU?)
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To: Theoden; Dark Skies; Fred Nerks; jan in Colorado
Buy your "Mohammed" T-shirts here

Or Here


12 posted on 02/14/2006 8:50:01 AM PST by USF (I see your Jihad and raise you a Crusade )
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To: Dashing Dasher; Millee; PaulaB; teenyelliott; najida; Xenalyte
Where can I get this shirt!?

Let me know when you find out.

I want a bunch of 'em...something to wear around town this summer.

13 posted on 02/14/2006 8:50:43 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: lesser_satan

ping


14 posted on 02/14/2006 8:51:13 AM PST by pointsal
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To: Dashing Dasher
Actually, this is the one I want. It'll be all the rage around here. ;-)


15 posted on 02/14/2006 8:52:30 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: Dashing Dasher

I'll buy one!


16 posted on 02/14/2006 8:53:24 AM PST by conservativebabe ("I went hunting with the VP and all I got was this lousy, holey t-shirt"- mewzilla)
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To: Theoden

I notice that there haven't been many terrorist attacks in Italy. Maybe because they invented the word "vendetta"?


17 posted on 02/14/2006 8:53:38 AM PST by liberte
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To: Theoden

Calderoni's got balls... or is it Corleone?


18 posted on 02/14/2006 8:53:42 AM PST by aquila48
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

I'm sure you didn't mean for your post to come off that way but you almost sound like a terrrorist when you run that kind of a reply. If people don't have the courage of their convictions, it's already over.


19 posted on 02/14/2006 8:55:33 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: Capt. Tom

I swear, If I hear "Religion of Peace" one more time...


20 posted on 02/14/2006 8:56:59 AM PST by L98Fiero
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