All faithful Christians could be targeted in new bill
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Emilia-Romagna, "the red region of Italy," the communist heart of the bel paese, is proposing a controversial bill to fight "homophobia." The move is thought to pressure Parliament to approve a national deadlocked bill against "discrimination and homophobia."
Emilia-Romagna's proposed legislation has already been approved by local councilors and is now being aggressively pushed into law — a cause of great concern to Christians.
The bill "against homotransnegativity and violence determined by sexual orientation or gender identity" has been waiting for ratification since 2014. The reason it hasn't moved forward is allegedly because of divisions in the Italian Democratic Party (PD), which is paying for its unyielding support of LGBT causes: The party's approval rate recently reached its lowest point in the polls since PD's foundation in 2007.
The proposal of the bill has been a complete flop.
According to Prof. Tommaso Scandroglio, doctor in philosophy of law, this is a matter that doesn't concern single regions but only Parliament. The bill writers themselves argue for the need for the legislation because this is a matter of "fundamental rights" — thus forcing the issue as one of national and international significance.
But the proposal of the bill has been a complete flop. The Scalfarotto Law, named after PD member Ivan Scalfarotto, has been forgotten in the Senate since 2013. Scalfarotto's bill called for up to a year of imprisonment for anyone who "incited" acts of discrimination based on racial, ethnical, national or religious motives, as well as acts of discrimination motivated by sexual orientation.
The questionable text also included an obnoxious penalty that forced the offender to spend time doing volunteer work for an LGBT association. As the national bill plunged into oblivion, PD's politicians changed strategy and decided to pursue alternatives regionally. Similar laws have already been sanctioned in the regions of Umbria, Liguria and Tuscany and are currently brewing in Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Calabria, Campania, Apulia and Basilicata.
It's an effective way to get around the law and push for new legislation. As Professor Scandroglio explained, "These initiatives … aim to create a pressing atmosphere in the Parliament."
Susanna Zaccaria, the adviser for the Equal Opportunities' Commission of the city of Bologna (Emilia-Romagna's capital), clarified that their regional "homophobia bill" uses the term "homotransnegativity" because "the goal is to stop prejudices not only when they lead to violence, but also when they are presented as mere nuisance or intolerance." The bill also mentions "potential situations of discrimination and of homotransnegativity, such as behaviors of aversion and derision, and verbal, psychological or physical violence."
This definition puts anyone who disagrees with contemporary LGBT ideology at risk of prosecution.
This definition puts anyone who disagrees with contemporary LGBT ideology at risk of prosecution. As Professor Scandroglio observed, all Christians and conservatives could "potentially" be targeted by the police, as they are much more likely to dissent from the current canon of homosexualist activism.
The bill contains several articles dedicated to the surveillance of media and implementation of anti-discrimination measures in schools. One article stipulates that Emilia-Romagna is to establish an organ to monitor and discipline eventual "discrimination and violence." Another article expects the Regional Committee for Communications to assume the responsibility of detecting discriminatory messages in all types of media, and in the cases where "self-disciplinary measures fail, the committee would be obliged to contact the competent legal authorities."
As it has on many occasions been pointed out, the numbers of "homophobia" episodes in Italy have been inflated for propaganda. A recent survey from Pew Research Center reveals that 74 percent of Italians accept homosexuality. The Ministry of Internal Affairs' Department of Public Security disclosed that from 2010–13, it has received about 30 complaints a year concerning anti-gay discrimination.
In 2017, the numbers were even lower: 17 complaints. The proponents of the bill also deliberately hide the data that evidences that the majority of violent incidents involving homosexuals are perpetrated by other homosexuals. Lesbian organization ArciLesbica involuntarily confirmed the truth of these statistics when they opened in Bologna the first helpline in Italy to advise lesbians in abusive relationships.
According to ArciLesbica's survey, 61 percent of the interviewed women "live in fear inside their relationship" and 21 percent affirmed they "always need to ask for permission to go out with a friend."
This isn't the only LGBT bill the Italian Democratic Party has in the oven. Waiting is also a bill demanding mandatory financing for every gay pride parade in Emilia-Romagna, with the excuse to "combat homotransphobia."
Bologna is considered Italy's LGBT central, being the first city in the country to have offered institutional support to LGBT groups. Mayor Virginio Merola (a former member of the Italian Communist Party and one of the founders of the Italian Democratic Party) was reelected in 2016 with significant support from Cassero, the headquarters of Arcigay, Italy's oldest and most prominent LGBT association.
In 2015, Cassero threw a gay party appropriately named "heretical Friday," promoted with blasphemous pictures where the guests performed obscene acts while dressed as Jesus.
Dubia Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, archbishop of Bologna at the time, called the images "diabolical perfidy." Caffarra constantly battled Merola publicly, contesting the mayor's ideological statements on homosexuality. The current archbishop of Bologna, Matteo Maria Zuppi (known as "the Bergoglio of Italy"), is frequently seen with Virginio Merola, as they've developed a notable friendship over many shared political stances.
Their mutual support is well-known, as they are always seen together in events like the end of Ramadan Iftar (the evening meal with which Muslims end the daily fast), and they've even shot promotional videos of institutional initiatives together. Archbishop Matteo Maria Zuppi has also written the preface for the Italian edition of Fr. James Martin's book Building a Bridge.
So far, the archdiocese of Bologna has not released any statements in regard to the advancement of these anti-Christian bills.