Anti-dhimmitude alert: “Italy: Proposed fines for Muslims sparks controversy,” from AKI , July 7:
Milan, 7 July (AKI) - The President of the northern Italian city of Milan, Filippo Penati, has triggered widespread debate with a controversial proposal to fine Muslims who pray on the streets outside the city's mosque.
Correction: “controversial proposal to fine anyone who prays on the streets.” If this proposal passes, Christians who pray on sidewalks, creating traffic and obstacles, will also be fined.
According to authorities, the number of people praying on the sidewalk creates traffic and obstacles for pedestrians in the area surrounding the Viale Jenner mosque, a converted garage.
"Article 190 of the law regarding the obstruction of streets should be applied immediately," said Penati.
"I do not know or understand why the law has not been applied before," he said.
Because when it comes to Islam, the law, not to mention common sense and protocol, is often in hiatus—lest Muslims be offended.
"The municipality of Milan should apply the law and fine transgressors, not to limit their freedom of worship, which should be guaranteed for all, but prayer carried out on the sidewalk is forbidden by the laws of our country."
The Viale Jenner mosque, or cultural Islamic centre, can only hold 4,000 faithful. Those who cannot fit inside bring their Islamic prayer mat and lay it on the street outside the mosque and close to passing cars.
In related news, one time while driving on the highways of Minnesota, I saw a minivan pulled over to the side, with what I thought was a hunched over man changing his tire. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a Muslim man who, since it was prayer time, had pulled over, with his family in the vehicle, stepped out amidst whizzing cars, determined where the qibla was, laid out a mini-carpet, and proceeded to prostrate himself in prayer. Very pious, to be sure—so what if other motorists, not to mention his own family, were killed? True story.