Banning the Pope
You may have heard, via your local news, that Pope Benedict XVI cancelled a visit to the University of La Sapienza in Rome due to the uproar triggered by 67 science teachers and 100 leftist students who objected to his visit. Read about it in this English-language article from the Canadian National Post website (thanks to Covenant Zone for the tip.)
Le Conservateur weighs in on the advantage that can be wrested from this cancellation:
Censorship, defamation, intellectual terrorism and physical violence. These are the manifestations of "liberty" according to fanatical "laïcards" and fundamentalist atheists.
Note: Again some translation problems. "Laïcard" is based on "laïc" and refers (I assume) to a person who cannot abide religion. I think Le Conservateur may have coined the term, or perhaps others have used it, but I'm not aware.
Obviously there is nothing new here, since atheism, claiming to be liberating, has none of the attributes of "free thinking": it is an intolerant type of thinking and its basic principles exclude all other doctrines. During the Age of Enlightenment, the anti-religious pamphlets already relied on defamation, personal attacks, mockery, lies, and fallacious reasonings.
During the French Revolution, which witnessed a dramatic repression of freedoms and of law, the Catholic religion was not only persecuted and despoiled, but explicitly forbidden. This fact is not well-known to Catholics themselves, which shows us a great deal about the partiality of the teaching of history. Not only did Pope Pius VI die while being held in the jails of the Directory (in 1799), but the religion was forbidden, from 1793 to 1802, a period when the churches were destroyed or used as brothels, prisons, livestock markets, or gunpowder and saltpeter factories, causing irreparable destruction to the art and architecture.
Note: Read more about Pius VI at Wikipedia.
By effectively banning the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the university in Rome, a university that was founded by the Church, the student extremists have revived an old revolutionary tradition, liberal in its claims, but liberty-destroying in its actions. But this "laïcism" does not explain everything: the rebellion also fits into the context of anti-government, anti-G8, and anti-Bush violence, that has prevailed in European daily events for ten years, and that we find in France in the violent blockages of universities and schools. Autonomists, anarchists, and other parasites are no longer able to construct a meaningful program of opposition. The practical failure of socialism and anti-liberalism (i.e. anti-free enterprise) has reduced them to the state of wild animals, to bowel rumblings and to the use of clubs, since they cannot express a coherent opinion.
One good comes out of this evil. The Italian elite has shown an awakening of conscience thanks to this new show of intolerance that they believe is unjustifiable. Le Salon Beige reported this reaction from the left-wing paper La Repubblica:
"Until yesterday, Italy was a tolerant country, where the strong religious, cultural, social and political imprint of Catholicism lived side by side with different cultures and faiths, guaranteed by the autonomy of the republican State. But something broke, dramatically, before the eyes of the world (...). The Pope, who is also Bishop of Rome, can no longer speak to the university in his city, in this mediocre Italy of 2008."
Thanks to all of you fanatics. A petty-bourgeois type of slumber is the worst thing that could happen to Christians in these early years of the 21st century. Adversity, today represented by laïcists and radical Muslims who murder Christians, probably seduces a few weak souls. But at the same time, it opens the eyes of thousands, you can be sure.
The photo of the graffiti is from wdtprs, where you can also read some readers' comments suggesting that the gay movement is partly behind this, since the Pope is regarded by them as "homophobic."
Last word: If you know Italian, you know that "La Sapienza" means "wisdom" or "knowledge."