What’s your point?

What’s your point?

In October, a judge in Italy ruled that crucifixes should be removed from public school classrooms. An activist Muslim convert had sued to get them removed.

On Saturday, the judge reversed his decision. He said he didn’t have the authority to order the removal, partly because of two old laws still on the books that mandate them. But look at the way the Reuters article puts it:

Two Italian laws dating from the 1920s, when the fascists were in power, state that schools must display crucifixes.

“When the fascists were in power”? What does that have to do with anything? My Italian history may be a little fuzzy, but I’m pretty sure that Italy was not yet a totalitarian state then. And the Church was the enemy of the fascists. Why would they be promoting the Catholic faith?

It’s just an attempt by Reuters to smear the Church by association, relying on most people’s ignorance of history to imply an evil connection. Nasty bias.

  • I looked it up.

    In 1922, the Black Shirts staged a march on Rome and forced King Victor Emmanuel III to appoint Mussolini prime minister. 

    In 1925, Mussolini declared a dictatorship.  He abolished other political parties and imposed government control on industry, schools, and the press and police.

    Still, the fascists were no friend of the Church. The article insinuates that Christianity was somehow receiving preferential treatment from the fascists and that the laws in place now are some kind of fascist remnant.

  • The judge didn’t really have much choice and the effect of his deciscion firmly established crucifixes in the classrooms for many years to come.  This judge was a substitute judge as well.  He may have ruined his career in the long run. 

    Many schools (in Italy of course) put up crosses in the yards of schools and various places in response to this decision.  Smith, the man who claimed that his children suffered psychological damage by looking at an image of a dead man on the wall, has been denounced by other muslim communities throughout Italy as a rabble-rouser.

  • Did the fascists also collect taxes, pave roads, maintain harbors and lighthouses, maintain an army and a navy and make the trains run on time?

    As Groucho Marx’s character said in “Horsefeathers”: “Whatever it is I’m against it”.