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Muslims irked by Italian senator's "pig" comments
Yahoo News ^ | September 13 2007 | Silvia Aloisi

Posted on 09/13/2007 1:27:45 PM PDT by knighthawk

ROME (Reuters) - A far-right Italian senator outraged Muslims on Thursday by calling for a "Pig Day" protest against the planned construction of a mosque in northern Italy.

Roberto Calderoli of the anti-immigrant Northern League party said he was ready to bring his own pig to "defile" the site where the mosque is due to be built in the northern city of Bologna.

"I am making myself and my pig available for a walk at the site where they want to build the mosque," Calderoli, who is a deputy speaker of Italy's Senate, said in a statement.

Calderoli also said he would eat "a nice plateful of pork chops to show my lack of sympathy for those who consider pork forbidden meat."

Muslims do not eat pork and consider pigs and their meat too filthy to touch.

"Those words are highly offensive and indecent, especially as they are coming from an Italian lawmaker," Mario Scialoja, a prominent leader of Italy's Muslim community, told Reuters. "It left me speechless".

Tensions flare regularly between communities in predominantly Catholic Italy over the site of new mosques to serve a growing Muslim population.

On Wednesday night, around 20 people staged a protest near the port city of Genoa over the planned construction of a mosque which they said would be offensive because it is near a church.

The protesters, including a priest suspended from the church, prayed the rosary -- which consists of the "Our Father", "Hail Mary" and "Glory Be" prayers read repeatedly -- despite a call by the country's most senior Roman Catholic bishop not to do so.

In December 2006, protesters left a severed pig's head outside a mosque being built in Tuscany.

In July, police arrested an imam on suspicion of leading a terrorism "training school" in a mosque in central Italy.

After that arrest, the Northern League called for all existing mosques -- most in old garages or converted factories and warehouses -- to be closed for security checks.

Calderoli is no stranger to controversy over Islam and is often accused of making racist comments.

Last year, he lost a ministerial post in a centre-right government led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for wearing a T-shirt with cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad offensive to Muslims.


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1 posted on 09/13/2007 1:27:47 PM PDT by knighthawk
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Roberto Calderoli of the anti-immigrant Northern League party said he was ready to bring his own pig to "defile" the site where the mosque is due to be built in the northern city of Bologna

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2 posted on 09/13/2007 1:28:35 PM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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3 posted on 09/13/2007 1:29:07 PM PDT by SolidWood
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To: knighthawk

This guy and Berlusconi have huge brass ‘coglioni’.


4 posted on 09/13/2007 1:29:40 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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Ex- minister in fresh Islam row

Calderoli calls for ‘pig day’ against new mosques

(ANSA) - Rome, September 13 - An opposition ex-minister who stoked international Muslim anger a year ago fired off a fresh broadside at Islam on Thursday by calling for a ‘pig day’ battle against mosque building on Italian soil. Northern League heavyweight Roberto Calderoli, who was reform minister under the previous, Silvio Berlusconi-led government and is now deputy Senate speaker, said pigs should be brought in to thwart plans for the construction of a major mosque in Bologna.

“I place myself and my pig at the disposal of those who are against this mosque. We will walk up and down on the land where they want to build, after which it will be considered ‘infected’ and no longer suitable,” Calderoli said.

He said he had used the same tactic with success in another northern city, Lodi.

“In future, we should organise a ‘pig day’ where the best pigs will be kept in places where they are thinking of putting up buildings which are not places of worship but potential centres for harbouring terrorist cells,” he said.

Calderoli also said he would deliberately eat pork on Thursday to “annoy” Muslims beginning their month-long Ramadan fast.

Welfare Minister Paolo Ferrero immediately condemned Calderoli’s comments.

“I apologise on behalf of all civilised Italians to Muslims living in Italy,” Ferrero said.

In February 2006, Calderoli was forced to quit as reform minister after he sported a T-shirt emblazoned with the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad which at the time were causing a wave of international Muslim protests.

Calderoli’s act was followed by violent demonstrations in Libya in which the Italian consulate in Benghazi was attacked. Some 15 people were killed after local police opened fire on a crowd trying to storm the consulate.

Calderoli’s populist Northern League party has frequently caused polemics with intolerant stances against Muslims and immigrants in general.

In the wake of the September 2001 terror attacks on the US, the party demanded that mosques and Islamic centres be shut down and Italy’s frontiers closed to Muslims.

More recently, a League member called for the expulsion of Muslim immigrants who could not be ‘vouched for’ by an Italian citizen. The party has also spearheaded campaigns to ban burkas and veils in public.

ANTI-MOSQUE BATTLE HEATS UP.

Bologna’s mosque would be built on the outskirts of the city to replace an old one which is now too small for the local Muslim population.

The Northern League and other critics have fought the project from the start, calling for a referendum and organising other forms of protest such as a bid to buy the land on which the mosque is to be built.

A similiar campaign is being waged in Genoa, where local members of Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party joined forces with far-right militants on Wednesday night to recite an “anti-mosque rosary”.

The protesters prayed to the Virgin Mary for her “help in illuminating the minds of local councillors” in favour of the mosque.

Top Forza Italia MP Isabella Bertolini said on Thursday that “the proliferation of mosques and Koranic schools in Italy must be stopped immediately, starting with Bologna. Our land is contaminated with thousands of these dangerous spreading cancers which are centres for recruiting fanatics to be martyred in the holy war which Islam is waging against the West”.

Interior Minister Giuliano Amato slammed the mosque critics, saying that their comments left him “bitter and worried”.

“Nowhere else in the world does such an attitude to Muslims prevail, not even in countries which have been directly affected by fundamentalist terrorism,” he said.

He blamed fear and prejudice for the phenomenon.

“This fear is typical of closed and ageing populations for whom diversity in itself is a threat... and it is combined with a cultural predisposition, opinions which have hardened into prejudices,” Amato said.

The minister also issued an open letter to Muslim residents to mark the start of Ramadan in which he stressed that “Italy recognises and guarantees religious freedom and has a positive view of the role faith can play in individual growth and the development of social harmony.

“We look with respect on this month of fasting, prayer and reflection in the hope that the true spirituality expressed by Ramadan may be confirmed in sentiments of peace and solidarity and the desire for dialogue and harmony”.

According to an annual survey carried out in five top Italian cities - Milan, Rome, Bologna, Palermo and Naples - fear of Muslim immigrants is on the rise.

The survey showed that 28% approved of building new mosques, compared to 49% in 2006 and 61% in 2005.

Almost 30% of respondents said they were against the centres because they viewed Islam as a dangerous religion while 24% said they fomented terrorism.

Only 28% said they favoured giving the vote to legally resident immigrants against 51% in 2006 and 63% in 2005.

A quarter of respondents admitted that they were more afraid of Muslim immigrants now than they were a year ago.

http://www.ansa.it/site/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2007-09-13_113138718.html


5 posted on 09/13/2007 1:29:44 PM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: knighthawk

I like this guy already.


6 posted on 09/13/2007 1:30:31 PM PDT by tractorman
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To: knighthawk

I wonder if those same “outraged” Muslims were outraged when their brothers murdered that Italian nun in Somalia last year.


7 posted on 09/13/2007 1:30:51 PM PDT by uxbridge
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To: knighthawk

You mean to tell me Islamofacists will vanquished by swine ? Let me introduce you to my little fat friends .


8 posted on 09/13/2007 1:32:58 PM PDT by borntoraisehogs (Our lives,our fortunes,our sacred honor)
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To: knighthawk
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The pig says, "I find Islam insulting"

9 posted on 09/13/2007 1:33:16 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Move On should move on. Move on back to Russia.)
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To: knighthawk
Oh the irony of pork-intolerant muslims constructing a mosque in Bologna. Will they demand that the name be changed?

Dear Yahoo:

Just what is bologna made out of anyway, and how did it get its name? Brooke
San Diego, California

Dear Brooke:
My bologna has a first name, it's... oh, sorry, we got carried away by a wave of childhood nostalgia. But a few searches on "bologna meat," "bologna meat history," and "bologna recipe" turned up some tasty answers to your questions.

Bologna is a cooked, smoked sausage made of cured beef, pork, or a mixture of the two. A typical recipe for this sausage uses seasonings such as salt, sugar, pepper, and spices, plus a curing mixture that includes sodium nitrite to prevent botulism. While beef and pork are the most traditional bologna meats, exotic fare such as moose and venison can even be used. Small boutique bologna makers tend to use choice cuts of meat, but large manufacturers may use almost any part of the carcass, including organ meats, trimmings, and end pieces from other meat processing...


10 posted on 09/13/2007 1:33:45 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: knighthawk

This is outrageous. Why didn’t we think of it?


11 posted on 09/13/2007 1:33:54 PM PDT by Spok
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To: rfp1234; Cacique

Yes, but Calderoli is an honest man, and the Lega Nord is the only political party with any integrity in Italy. Berlusconi is but a step up from Larry Flynt.


12 posted on 09/13/2007 1:34:49 PM PDT by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: tractorman
I like this guy already.
Me too!
13 posted on 09/13/2007 1:35:34 PM PDT by wjcsux (Islam: The religion of choice for those who are too stupid for Scientology)
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To: knighthawk

Pig Day? Dang but that’s a good idea. The Italians get it. We need to have pig parades in Detroit.


14 posted on 09/13/2007 1:36:03 PM PDT by mikeus_maximus (CAIR delende est.)
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Pig Day should be a day of the week. Why do we honor Thor anyway?

Separate Norse Gods and State!

15 posted on 09/13/2007 1:39:20 PM PDT by weegee (NO THIRD TERM. America does not need another unconstitutional Clinton co-presidency.)
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To: dragonblustar
When I saw that pic, I immediately thought of this one: In related news, pork belly futures reached an all time high today....
16 posted on 09/13/2007 1:39:54 PM PDT by Califreak (Go Hunter!)
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To: knighthawk

Eye-talians do love their pork products.


17 posted on 09/13/2007 1:40:20 PM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: knighthawk

Muslims are in a permanent state of Irk.


18 posted on 09/13/2007 1:41:39 PM PDT by 50sDad (Angels on asteroids are abducting crop circles!)
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To: mikeus_maximus

Change the name of the football or baseball teams............


19 posted on 09/13/2007 1:42:20 PM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmospere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: weegee

My bolgna has a first name-it’s A-h-m-e-d....


20 posted on 09/13/2007 1:42:22 PM PDT by Califreak (Go Hunter!)
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To: knighthawk

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,241897,00.html

Texas Man Stages Pig Races to Protest Islamic Neighbor’s Plans to Build Mosque


21 posted on 09/13/2007 1:44:11 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: dragonblustar

Some pig! :)


22 posted on 09/13/2007 1:45:54 PM PDT by SoKatt
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To: Califreak

ROTFLMAO!


23 posted on 09/13/2007 1:46:44 PM PDT by SoKatt
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To: Califreak

Good for Ted. He’s lost weight again.


24 posted on 09/13/2007 1:47:05 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ((Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking its heritage.))
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Mario Scialoja, a prominent leader of Italy's Muslim community, told Reuters. "It left me speechless".

Apparently not. Too bad, that.

L

25 posted on 09/13/2007 1:48:38 PM PDT by Lurker ( Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing smallpox to ebola.)
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To: knighthawk

Hey, pig fat rules!


26 posted on 09/13/2007 1:50:54 PM PDT by Joiseydude
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To: knighthawk

That’s ....just....so......horribly.....insensitive...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

sorry - couldn’t help it


27 posted on 09/13/2007 1:52:47 PM PDT by Scarchin (+)
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To: knighthawk
HEY !

An anit-terrorism idea!

Hang sides of bacon at all entrances to airports, rail stations, etc. This might work !

28 posted on 09/13/2007 1:56:49 PM PDT by traditional1 ( Fred Thompson-The ONLY electable Republican Candidate)
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To: knighthawk

Peace loving Muslims angry about something. Now, THAT is news!


29 posted on 09/13/2007 1:57:56 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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and a disgruntled Porky said

its racist and discriminating too!

I know my rights and I aint gonna take that from any muslims!


31 posted on 09/13/2007 2:02:45 PM PDT by himno hero
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To: Califreak

That’s good.


32 posted on 09/13/2007 2:06:33 PM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: knighthawk

Pig Day!! I like it!!

33 posted on 09/13/2007 2:07:53 PM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: knighthawk

Top Forza Italia MP Isabella Bertolini said on Thursday that “the proliferation of mosques and Koranic schools in Italy must be stopped immediately, starting with Bologna. Our land is contaminated with thousands of these dangerous spreading cancers which are centres for recruiting fanatics to be martyred in the holy war which Islam is waging against the West”.

Thank you MP Bertolini for speaking the truth.


34 posted on 09/13/2007 2:08:56 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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Yes! In honor of ‘Blackjack’ Pershing.

One important thing to remember is that Muslims detest pork because they believe pigs are filthy animals. Some of them simply refuse to eat it, while others won’t even touch pigs at all, nor any of their by-products. To them, eating or touching a pig, its meat, its blood, etc., is to be instantly barred from paradise and doomed to hell.

Just before World War I, there were a number of terrorist attacks against the United States and it’s interests by, you guessed it, Muslim extremists.

So General Pershing captured 50 of the terrorists and had them tied to posts execution style. He then had his men bring in two pigs and slaughter them in front of the, now horrified, terrorists.

The soldiers then soaked their bullets in pigs blood, and proceeded to execute 49 of the terrorists by firing squad.

The soldiers then dug a big hole, dumped in the terrorist’s bodies and covered them in pig blood, entrails, etc.

They let the 50th man go. And for about the next 42 years, there was not a single attack by a muslim fanatic anywhere in the world.


35 posted on 09/13/2007 2:11:29 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: knighthawk
Do you think the Italians will start breeding now that they a starting to fear their muzzie workers?
36 posted on 09/13/2007 2:15:02 PM PDT by BBell
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To: knighthawk

Viva italia


37 posted on 09/13/2007 2:17:19 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Westlander

I thought your post about Pershing was repeating a hoax but I looked into it and it may be true.


38 posted on 09/13/2007 2:17:57 PM PDT by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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I follow ARCA. Last year at MIS there was a family of sheetheads in front of us. My spouse and I cheered everytime Frank Kimmel passed by.
39 posted on 09/13/2007 2:24:33 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: knighthawk

and is often accused of making racist comments.... I heard no RACIST words here.


40 posted on 09/13/2007 2:27:45 PM PDT by Safetgiver (So simple, even a Muslim can do it.)
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To: wjcsux

I hope this guy gets elected Prime Minister of Italy.


41 posted on 09/13/2007 2:28:53 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (My number one goal in life is to leave a bigger carbon footprint than Al Gore.)
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"Muslims are in a permanent state of Irk."

So are democrats

42 posted on 09/13/2007 2:31:46 PM PDT by skimask (Support Terrorism......Vote Democratic)
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To: airborne

BDYEA, BDYEA, BYDEA.. That’s Allah, Folks!!!


43 posted on 09/13/2007 2:33:10 PM PDT by Safetgiver (So simple, even a Muslim can do it.)
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To: borntoraisehogs

Just carry around a snack bag full of pork rinds and if some muzzie tries to pull something, hold it out for them to see.

Tell them that if they blow you up, it’ll pork everywhere.


44 posted on 09/13/2007 2:33:42 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Safetgiver

LMAOROTF!!!


45 posted on 09/13/2007 2:39:40 PM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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Me Three

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

46 posted on 09/13/2007 2:46:13 PM PDT by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: knighthawk

Muslims irked. Good! Irk them some more and watch them explode.


47 posted on 09/13/2007 2:58:44 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: knighthawk; Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; sandyeggo; american colleen; ...
On Wednesday night, around 20 people staged a protest near the port city of Genoa over the planned construction of a mosque which they said would be offensive because it is near a church.

The protesters, including a priest suspended from the church, prayed the rosary -- which consists of the "Our Father", "Hail Mary" and "Glory Be" prayers read repeatedly -- despite a call by the country's most senior Roman Catholic bishop not to do so.

I guess Pope St. Pius V was wrong to ask Christians to pray the Rosary for the victory of the Christian fleet against the Turks before the Battle of Lepanto. :-P Save us from linguini-spined bishops!

48 posted on 09/13/2007 3:21:05 PM PDT by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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"It left me speechless".

It left me cheering! Bravo, Senator!

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49 posted on 09/13/2007 3:43:12 PM PDT by NYer ("Where the bishop is present, there is the Catholic Church" - Ignatius of Antioch)
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Oink.


50 posted on 09/13/2007 3:45:31 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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