The Northern League opposes the decision of the city of Siena to sign an Italian Lebanese artist to paint the banner (“drappellone”) that will be awarded to the winner of the famous horse race held in Siena (Palio). This year the banner is dedicated to Our Lady of Provenzano and also the Virgin Mary, who plays an important role both in the Bible and the Quran. The Northern League’s regional representative considers the decision a scandal for supposedly disregarding the Christian, Italian and Tuscan tradition of one of the most famous and beautiful cultural events in the world.
For the xenophobic Northern League’s newspaper “La Padania”, the building of a mosque in Greve is a disgrace, exactly like the idea of building a mosque in Ground Zero. Indeed, in their opinion, what is taking place is a clash of civilizations. The Greve’s Northern League group leader announced a referendum. The mayor of Greve, member of the Democratic Party, explained that Muslims have never asked the municipality to build a mosque, but only support to find a place for worship. However, the mayor continued, the Northern League is propagating that the municipality’s money would pay for construction of a mosque, and asks residents to oppose the construction. Although this false, is nevertheless gaining support among many politicians, even left wing parties. Despite all this, according to the mayor, cultural and religious diversity is a positive development, and has to be sustained and enhanced. For this reason, he has just started a programme with the help of local associations, to explain to people how to tackle the issue of integration and coexistence. He reaffirms that religious freedom is a constitutional principle and, indeed, has to be granted.
The Italian right wing Press attacks Islam after the kidnap of two Italian citizens in Mauritania.
For the Laga Nord newspaper “La Padania”, the Christian West must react with a Holy League, as when Pope Pio V promoted an alliance of the Christian Princes against the Turks. La Padania accuses the Church to be yielding and frightened.
The newspaper points at the USA as the new Pio V, able to react in a strong and effective way. The right wing Press, then, criticizes the Italian law on citizenship defining it a “harakiri” that opens the way to potential murderers.