Fascism's Return in Italy: Part II - Even the Vatican thinks they've gone too far
The Italian equivalent of the House of Representatives just passed an immigration reform law that sends chills down my spine.
Don't get me wrong, immigration reform is desperately needed here, but some COMPLETELY INSANE provisions were snuck into the law by the xenophobic Northern League Party (remember Xavi?) and clearly well accepted by Berlusconi's neofascist government.
I won't bore you with all the gory details, but let me mention the one that freaks me out most of all:
Italian-born children of illegal immigrants will automatically be put up for adoption in Italy, while their parents will be deported. Illegal immigrants are hereby stripped of all parental rights.
This law still has to pass the Senate, which, being even more right-wing than the House, will - barring miracles - pass it.
Speaking of miracles, the Vatican is up in arms about this and a number of other provisions in the law (including one allowing local civilian thug squads to police the streets and rid them of the foreing and/or homeless - homelessness, defined as "occupying, even temporarily, public property" becoming a grave offense under this law).
RFO regulars will probably have figured out by now that I'm no fan of the Ratzinger Vatican (being haunted by images of John Paul II spinning in his grave...). However, I'm pleased that, motivated either by remembering their basic Christian beliefs or by remembering what happens to the Church when a totalitarian State desires no competition, Bishops throughout Italy are crying foul.