Thursday, 12 November 2015

Better to be ignorant, in the sense of not knowing, rather than run the risk of disturbing "the sensibility of non-Catholic families". If the Supreme Court thought the dispute about the presence of the crucifix in classrooms had concluded, now the controversy begins again, even more dangerously, in something at the heart of Italian schools: teaching. It has happened in Florence, at the Matteotti elementary school, a large institution close to the city centre. On 9 November the inter-class council decided to cancel, for all of the school's third grade, the already scheduled visit to the "Bellezza Divina" [Divine Beauty] exhibition currently underway at the Palazzo Strozzi. 
The motivation for cancelling the visit to the works of Van Gogh, Chagall, Fontana, but also Picasso, Matisse and Munch: "For going against the sensibility of the non-Catholic families in view of the religious theme of the exhibition".


  1. It only takes a few stories like this to come to the conclusion that Western civilization has lost the will to live and does not deserve to survive.

  2. I disagree with Stephen Powell. I actually am full of hope now for the future. It seems people have had enough and more and more are rebelling.

    CZ what do you think? Could you do a blog post if you have the time giving your assessment of how things stand in Europe?

    In Germany for example they are reimplementing Dublin accord rules for Syrian refugees now, probably as a result of pressure from PEGIDA and AfD.

    We lost deportation however. They will not be deporting failed asylum applicants, which kind of sucks.

    1. Yeah, maybe I'll do that. In a way, you're both right. The situation is extremely bad. But with the lunacy volume turned up to 11, there just has to be some kind of reaction. We're already seeing hopeful signs of that in Germany.


    Berlin police say they've raided 10 buildings in the German capital as part of a crackdown on far-right hate speech on social media networks.

    Police said Thursday that the morning raids involved 60 officers, who confiscated smartphones and computers as evidence, which are now being evaluated.