It looks like the anti-Muslim bug that’s been going around has finally made it’s way to southern Europe. Apparently, Italy is one of those countries that not only gives money to religion, but has a list of “official” religions.
Islam is not one of them and, if the bigots have their way, won’t become one of them. What bugs me is that Italian lawmakers recently voted to deny Islam official status as a religion over, amongst other things,the treatment of women by Muslim men:
Islam is not an established religion in Italy and there is only one official mosque in the country, Rome’s Grand Mosque (photo). Politicians from the ruling coalition cite radical imams, polygamy and failure to uphold women’s rights by Muslims immigrants as obstacles to recognising Islam as an official religion in Italy (via).
This would be the same country that recognizes Catholicism as an official religion. A religion that has never upheld the rights of women. A religion that has members who do not uphold women’s rights. A religion that continues to actively works against the rights of women, not just in Italy, but throughout the entire world.
The Catholic church has opposed (and continues to oppose) the use of condoms in AIDS stricken areas of Africa (women constitute the majority of new infections). It has kicked out a mother for her support of her 9 year old daughter getting an abortion and defended it.
It also opposes birth control and abortion. Women are also officially banned from holding office in the church and any Catholic man who goes against this will be kicked out.
How do you say “Y’all are all a bunch of bloody fucking hypocrites!” in Italian?