Italy’s Northern League seeks to block new mosques

By Paul Bompard in Rome

The Grand Mosque in Rome

Published: August 25 2008 03:00 | Last updated: August 25 2008 03:00

Italy’s Northern League, the populist, xenophobic, sometimes separatist movement that is a key component of Silvio Berlusconi’s governing coalition, has proposed new legislation which would in effect halt construction of new Islamic mosques.  (Notice the wording used by FT, as if Italy has no reason at all to be concerned about the influx of Islam into a Catholic Country. This is part of the British Multiculturalism influence, encouranged by Archbishop Rowan Williams, and leading to the demise of Europe as we know it)  comments by Allyson Rowen Taylor

The bill, which the League’s chief of deputies Roberto Cota is expected to send to parliament next week, would require regional approval for the building of mosques. It would also require that a local referendum be held, that there be no minaret or loudspeakers calling the faithful to prayer, and sermons must be in Italian, not Arabic.

Chances of this being approved as it stands are slim, since it clashes with a number of constitutional rights and there was no immediate support from either Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party or from the exfascist National Alliance.

But there has been cautious support from the small, ultra-Catholic( ultra Catholic used, but they never refer to “Ultra Muslim” that would be politically incorrect) UDC party, and the proposed anti-mosque legislation undoubtedly reflects widespread feeling among Italians that some defence against a rapidly rising Islamic presence is needed. At present, the Muslim population in Italy is estimated at 1m, with 258 registered mosques.

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