Skip to comments.Italian minister puts Mohammad cartoon on T-shirts
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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"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.
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 ...
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.
No doubt, buddy.
Excellent work Calderoli!
Can't say those Italians are wimps now can ya?
More and more people are getting it.
Can Bush and Rice be far behind? -Tom
I must remember to vaction in Italy some day. God bless these folks.
If I were in Italy for the Olympics, I would be the first in line for one of thesen shirts!
Now - that's funny right there!!!!
Where can I get this shirt!?
Go Calderoli! Hope your insurance is paid up, though.
Between him & Fabrizio Quattrocchi, my hopes for Italy are improving.
Let me know when you find out.
I want a bunch of 'em...something to wear around town this summer.
I'll buy one!
I notice that there haven't been many terrorist attacks in Italy. Maybe because they invented the word "vendetta"?
Calderoni's got balls... or is it Corleone?
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.
I swear, If I hear "Religion of Peace" one more time...
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...
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.
BONUS, hatemail to metrospy who is selling this T-shirt
Even for an Italian, that guy has got a HYOOOGE pair!
I already copied it like 2 days ago,,,lmao
I want one!
Re: Hate mail.
WOW! I'd be hiring a body guard, chop-chop.
Recall the Italian Hostage who said:
"Now I will show you how an Italian dies..." Fabrizio Quattrocchi.
An actual quote from Silvio Burlesconi: "I support the position of the United States, even before I know what that position is."
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.
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."
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.
I like it.
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.
Next item up.....toilet paper.....!!
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But...but...I wanted to wear one around the town where I live.
"I heart HALLIBURTON"
and wear it proudly - but probably not in SF.
My friend has one that says,
"PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals"
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.
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."
You trying to get me killed with all these T-shirt websites? ;-)
This approach may work. If the cartoons are everywhere it will become part of the background and be ignored by all.
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.
True. I want to get the one that's just right for me.
And for my environment, of course.
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
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.
Go for it. Could be a hoot. But watch your six.