Crosses Covered Up In Italian Cemetery to Avoid Offending 'Other Religions'
Roman Catholic symbols hidden in the town of Pieve di Cento
Crosses on graves in a cemetery in Pieve di Cento, Italy, have been covered up with black cloth to avoid offending other religions, according to reports.
The Roman Catholic cemetery in Bologna has also installed motorized blackout curtains in the local chapel following renovations to 'cover up' Catholic symbols during ceremonies, Il Giornale reports
The news of hiding the symbols has caused outrage among Italians, including Forza Italia (Forward Italy) deputy Galeazzo Bignami who condemned the move saying those looking not to offend were disrespecting Christian values.
Bignami said, "Even more so the memory of our dead, hiding them behind ‘motorised tents’ in a cemetery to avoid offending other religions.”
“If the administrators are ashamed of our tradition and our culture, they should go and hide themselves and not just behind a motorized tent. If they are not able to bring respect for the living at least they have the decency to leave the dead alone and not involve them in foolishness,” he added.
The leader of Conservative-populist Brothers of Italy (FdI) Giorgia Meloni also denounced the case saying:
“Using the excuse of respect for others, they lack respect for our Catholic culture and our traditions. Now the Left is beyond fanaticism. This is ideological delirium.”
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Populist Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s League party will not react well to the news since they proposed to require a crucifix be hung in all public buildings in 2018.
In 2016 the-Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had statues at the Capitoline Museum hidden completely to avoid offending Iranian President Hassam Rouhani on his state visit.
The move causes a massive wave of social media backlash.
Recently, the Archbishop of Florence has announced he will be selling 86,000 square feet of property to a Muslim group so they could build a new mosque in Sesto Fiorentino.
Cardinal of Florence, Giuseppe Betori, said:
“The transformation of Western societies into multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious societies is a fact and a future that inevitably awaits us.”