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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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To: 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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To: Theoden
"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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To: L98Fiero
"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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To: Theoden
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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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Hey bring it on.....one cant run scared from these goat sodomizing towel stylists....... you are welcome to copy, print this out and if you like post it everywhere you feel it is LEGAL to do so (wink, wink, nudge, nudge).
21 posted on 02/14/2006 8:57:08 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: aquila48; liberte

I am very proud of Italy right now, and I hope they keep it up! Don Calderoni should make them an offer they can't refuse...


22 posted on 02/14/2006 8:57:12 AM PST by Theoden (Fidei Defensor - Deus vult!)
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To: Theoden
"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.

Man Reuters just can't contain themselves. Editorializing while telling the news. Anti-Immigrant is also pro-italian but the negative connotation and calling them extreme right wing affords Reuters the opportunity to spin this issue in an unfavorable light.

23 posted on 02/14/2006 8:58:14 AM PST by bubman
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To: Theoden

BONUS, hatemail to metrospy who is selling this T-shirt

http://www.shopmetrospy.com/cgi-bin/cNc/showPage.plx?db=shopmetro&pid=70

24 posted on 02/14/2006 9:01:45 AM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Theoden

Even for an Italian, that guy has got a HYOOOGE pair!


25 posted on 02/14/2006 9:01:52 AM PST by Paradox (Liberalism is Narcissism.)
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To: Vaquero

I already copied it like 2 days ago,,,lmao


26 posted on 02/14/2006 9:03:08 AM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: L98Fiero

I want one!


27 posted on 02/14/2006 9:05:09 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Native Texan)
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To: finnman69

Re: Hate mail.

WOW! I'd be hiring a body guard, chop-chop.


28 posted on 02/14/2006 9:09:42 AM PST by StrictTime
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To: Theoden

Recall the Italian Hostage who said:

"Now I will show you how an Italian dies..." Fabrizio Quattrocchi.


29 posted on 02/14/2006 9:13:27 AM PST by steveyp
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To: steveyp

An actual quote from Silvio Burlesconi: "I support the position of the United States, even before I know what that position is."


30 posted on 02/14/2006 9:20:15 AM PST by Pio (Four Last Things: Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell.)
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To: L98Fiero
I swear, If I hear "Religion of Peace" one more time...

Have you prayed to Allah recently?

Eventually Bush and Rice will face the facts, although many of the Israeli's still haven't learned it, and continue to think they can talk there way into a peaceful settlement with the Muslims. - Tom

Oct. 26, 2004 --

In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson, Bush said he believes that both Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

"I think we do. We have different routes of getting to the Almighty," Bush said. "But I want you to understand, I want your listeners to understand, I don't get to get decide who goes to heaven. The Almighty God decides who goes to heaven and I am on my personal walk," he said.

snip

Bush says he doesn't believe the United States is in a religious battle when it comes to the war on terror. He says he wants to make it clear that America is fighting against groups of people who want to kill innocent people and not groups looking to practice their religion.

"I don't think this is a religious war. I think this is a war between evil people that are willing to kill on a mass scale; people that would like to end up with weapons of mass destruction, even kill more than they did in New York City and Washington, D.C."

31 posted on 02/14/2006 9:21:57 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: kinghorse
I'm sure you didn't mean for your post to come off that way

I meant exactly what I posted.

Given the response that these animals are displaying to these cartoons, printing them on a t-shirt makes the wearer a target.

I have nothing but the highest esteem for someone who would print up such clothing items. Islam is worthy of ridicule and scorn.
But printing them up and wearing them are two different things entirely.

Example: I voted for George W. Bush in 2004. But since I do not want my car defaced I do not place Bush/Cheney stickers on it.
Such a sticker would not change anyone's convictions but would evoke their scorn.
Just as would these t-shirts which are meant to do one thing only. Intentionally p!$$ somebody off.

32 posted on 02/14/2006 9:22:34 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: Vaquero

I like it.


33 posted on 02/14/2006 9:24:55 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: Allegra
Let's try these tshirts..


34 posted on 02/14/2006 9:30:14 AM PST by Dashing Dasher (Happy Valentine's Day! or as mhking likes to say, Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

So then you are saying the intimidation works. That's what we have to change. You force someone to think if you challenge their unquestioned beliefs.


35 posted on 02/14/2006 9:34:56 AM PST by kinghorse
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To: USF

Next item up.....toilet paper.....!!


36 posted on 02/14/2006 9:35:14 AM PST by auto power
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To: Dashing Dasher
Dang! I got this. Twice.

We are sorry, but the system has been confused: Invalid database occured in catprod.pl at Tue Feb 14 20:34:22 2006

37 posted on 02/14/2006 9:35:33 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; kinghorse
But printing them up and wearing them are two different things entirely.

But...but...I wanted to wear one around the town where I live.

38 posted on 02/14/2006 9:39:24 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: Allegra

Try this...

http://www.shopmetrospy.com/


39 posted on 02/14/2006 9:40:11 AM PST by Dashing Dasher (Happy Valentine's Day! or as mhking likes to say, Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: Theoden
 
 
Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Islam I Learned on 9/11.

40 posted on 02/14/2006 9:45:07 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; kinghorse; Allegra
I have a tshirt that says,

"I heart HALLIBURTON"

and wear it proudly - but probably not in SF.

 


My friend has one that says,

"PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals"

and

There's plenty of room for all God's creatures.....right next to the mashed potatoes.

on the back.

 

But - liberals - however bizarre and weird - probably won't chop my head off for wearing these.

 

 

41 posted on 02/14/2006 9:45:43 AM PST by Dashing Dasher (Happy Valentine's Day! or as mhking likes to say, Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: Allegra

http://www.cafepress.com/buy/anti-muslim/-/pv_design_details/pg_1/id_11044589/opt_/fpt_/c_/hlv_t

http://www.cafepress.com/buy/anti-muslim/mohammed%20cartoon/-/rpp_18


42 posted on 02/14/2006 9:49:53 AM PST by Dashing Dasher (Happy Valentine's Day! or as mhking likes to say, Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: Dashing Dasher; Xenalyte
I have a tshirt that says, "I heart HALLIBURTON"

I have a shirt that says "Halliburton/KBR, LOGCAPIII Projects, Baghdad, Iraq."

I haven't worn it in the states yet, but I imagine it would chap some liberals. I'll make sure I DO wear it.

Xenalyte wore a shirt with "HALLIBURTON" across it real big to a Team We Suck session last spring.

I also like "Earth First - We'll Strip Mine the Other Planets Later."

43 posted on 02/14/2006 9:51:18 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: Dashing Dasher

You trying to get me killed with all these T-shirt websites? ;-)


44 posted on 02/14/2006 9:52:21 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: Theoden

This approach may work. If the cartoons are everywhere it will become part of the background and be ignored by all.


45 posted on 02/14/2006 9:52:34 AM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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To: Allegra

No - I was giving you choices. Life is about choice!

I don't want you to settle on the first "anti-muslim murdering thugs" t-shirt you see.

;-)


46 posted on 02/14/2006 9:53:45 AM PST by Dashing Dasher (Happy Valentine's Day! or as mhking likes to say, Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: Dashing Dasher
I don't want you to settle on the first "anti-muslim murdering thugs" t-shirt you see.

True. I want to get the one that's just right for me.

And for my environment, of course.

47 posted on 02/14/2006 10:03:24 AM PST by Allegra (Suffering from a Malady Known as "Troll Fatigue")
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To: L98Fiero

Maybe the minister ought to put this cartoons on his t-shirt? People of the world need to be reminded. This cartoon sums it up so that everybody can understand. Well, except maybe for the stuck on stupid types. http://kokonutpundits.blogspot.com/2006/02/cartoon-that-everybody-can-understand.html


48 posted on 02/14/2006 10:07:05 AM PST by kokonut
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To: kinghorse
So then you are saying the intimidation works.

No. Not at all.
I'm saying that waving a red kerchief in the face of an enraged bull is foolhardy.
And deciding to not wearing a t-shirt does not constitute capitualation.

There are far better ways of challenging someone's unquestioning beliefs. If that isn't the goal, then there are still better ways of dealing with such animals.

49 posted on 02/14/2006 10:09:43 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: Allegra
But...but...I wanted to wear one around the town where I live.

Go for it. Could be a hoot. But watch your six.

50 posted on 02/14/2006 10:10:30 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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