ITALY: Activists Counter Neo-Nazis With Public Reading Of LGBT Children’s Books

Yesterday I reported that Italy’s neo-Nazi New Front Party planned to hold a burning of LGBT children’s books in a central plaza in Milan. Local activists had demanded that city authorities stop the event and that may have happened. Not stopped, however, was a large counter-protest by LGBT activists and allies, who this afternoon staged a public reading of numerous LGBT children’s titles.  Bravo Milano! Meanwhile the neo-Nazis are mocking the counter-protest on their Facebook page.

  • TommyTune

    Brilliant! Kill them with kindness.

    • guest

      Or mopre like it, kill them with what they hate the most, or so it seems they hate the most, the words from LGBT Children’s Books. Fighting hate with words for children since the haters act like children.

      • bkmn

        And the bonus is that by reading the books aloud bystanders hear the story and realize that anyone that wants to burn a child’s book is a complete idiot.

    • another_steve

      I lol’ed reading that, Tommy.

      “To kill with kindness” is a traditional Jewish-ism that means to shower someone you love with so much kindness and attention that it’s too much. “Overkill,” if you will.

      Picture a Jewish mother in bed with the flu being visited by her daughter who has just emptied out an entire delicatessen to make sure her mother has enough to eat.

      “Oy, Sheila… So much food, darling. You’re killing me with kindness.”

      • Larry Ft Pierce

        great, then there was a Benny Hill long sketch, a woman fed her rich old husband to death, then she meets a young gigolo who feeds HER to death. (if anyone has a link I would be so happy!)

        • another_steve

          There’s a lot of classic Benny Hill on YouTube. How one goes about finding a specific sketch, I don’t know.

          I like Benny Hill too. Feminists without a sense of humor hate him because his comedy was so uber-sexist — but viewed as a period piece, his work was hilarious.

          Much as gay men today can watch the 1970 film “Boys in the Band,” appreciate it for what it is and when it was done, and roar with laughter.

          • Reality.Bites

            Because, like Boys in the Band and largely performed by gay men, Benny Hill was written and performed by women?

      • Robincho

        It tastes like dreck but at least there’s a lot of it.

  • Hue-Man

    Not just Europe – PEGIDA march in Montreal today (Saturday).
    “PEGIDA Québec members are planning an anti-Islam gathering on the outskirts of Montreal’s Little Maghreb neighbourhood, a largely North African Muslim community in the Montreal borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/european-anti-islam-group-pegida-plans-debut-in-montreal-1.3010083

    • Herald

      Sick and this sickness knows no boundaries.

    • Reality.Bites

      Cancelled – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/pegida-québec-cancels-march-after-anti-racist-groups-convene-1.3013592

      Hundreds of people toting signs denouncing racism and Islamophobia arrived 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the PEGIDA march, set to take place in a largely Muslim community in Montreal called Little Maghreb.

      Just over 100 people had RSVP’d to PEGIDA Québec’s march, while nearly 900 members of Antifa (anti-fascism) and other anti-racist groups said they would attend the counter-demonstration.

      “There’s no way that their demonstration will be able to go where they want to go. They won’t be able to pass. The police have given them permission to march, but that doesn’t mean people in the neighbourhood or anti-racist groups are giving them permission to march,” he said.

    • Baltimatt

      Interesting they took the German acronym, Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West), although the Quebec group spells it Pégida Québec on its Facebook Page.

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/P%C3%A9gida-Qu%C3%A9bec/919586301398634

  • Tor

    I love Milan. It’s my dream to return to my next life as a bicycle seat in Milan.

    • Larry Ft Pierce

      more than other cities in Italy?

    • Robincho

      But only for certain cyclists, one imagines…

  • Reality.Bites
    • teeveedub

      And don’t spare the bullhorn.

    • Todd20036

      I’m glad I’m not the only shallow pig on this thread.

      • Chucktech

        Are you kidding?? Get in line with the rest of us!

      • Robincho

        Your end of the pool is so shallow, they don’t even stipulate water wings. I love that. Come dog-paddle your way right over here, pal…

    • LonelyLiberal

      But I get scared sometimes when I’m read a bedtime story. He might have to hold me.

    • Blake Jordan

      He does not even need to speak at “bed time”…

  • Todd Allis
    • Herald

      BRAVO!! Indeed

    • marshlc

      Very nice.

      I still think requiring them to dress in clown suits is good, though….

  • JalapeñoBusiness

    Benfatto!

  • Ginger Snap

    We always show up and in greater numbers. Love and Freedom will always outnumber hatred and bigotry.

    • The Good LArd loves gays SO much, he made millions of us!

  • Joseph Miceli

    I love our people and our allies. Good for them!

    • Larry Ft Pierce

      our allies increased exponentially when we baby boomers began to retire. Not much left to hide from, then. (Though after I quit teaching I bought a flower shop, my own boss in a field where it is an asset, and how could I care then?)

      • Reality.Bites

        You own a flower shop?

        We’re going to have to start calling you Baronelle. Sorry, but it’s the law. We have no choice.

        • LonelyLiberal

          I’m sure he doesn’t discriminate and if I flounced in for wedding flowers for my husband and I, I’m more likely to get a high five or a hug.

          • Reality.Bites

            Well that’s the point. We have to take back the name Baronelle and make it safe for florists and drag queens again.

          • LonelyLiberal

            I could become a drag queen named Baronelle d’Bitch, but I really can’t see myself dressing the way she does. No style. And that hair? No. Just no.

        • RaygunsGoZap

          Ahem….it’s Laronelle

    • Robincho

      None of these peepz remember Mussolini hanging by his thumbs in this very city. (This is what tends to happen with our enemies, if patience be on our side.) But good on them. Gli antifascisti sono buonissimi!…

      • RobNYNY1957

        Ankles.

        • gewaite

          And his girlfriend.

  • AndyinChicago

    I love it when a counter protest is more powerful, well attended, and organized than the initial protest, especially when the initial protest is as backwards and hateful as the neonazi’s envisioned it.

  • Gest2016

    Neo Nazi’s are like Tea Partiers. They advocate for fascist government stuctures that goe againt their own self interest. Actual Nazi’s in power would probably throw the majority of “Neo Nazi’s” in the ovens.

  • oikos

    Meanwhile here in the US:

    “View from the left—time for the Human Rights Campaign to step up.”

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/28/1373826/-View-from-the-left-time-for-the-Human-Rights-Campaign-to-step-up

    • Herald

      This raises a big question many of us have to be wondering about. Where is the big backlash and proactive campaign against these horrific laws.

      • oikos

        Indeed, what is HRC doing, besides raising money for cocktail parties?

  • kevin vincent

    Hey NOM? THIS is how you do a rally! Not like that hilarious flop like the rally in Texas where less than 100 even showed up

  • Octavio

    The neo-Nazis are angry because they can’t read.

  • teddy21

    Funny most of these neo-nazis probably went out and bought the books to burn and are now stuck with them 🙂

    • LonelyLiberal

      I imagine the publisher’s reaction is, “Buy and burn all you want. We’ll print more.”

  • Blake Jordan

    Is the name Nazis reserved for the originals, or is there another reason why modern day ones are called Neo-Nazis?

    Everything but the genocide (for now at least)…

    • Octavio

      Yeah, for now. 🙁

  • Blake Jordan

    If the allies & the russians had not succeeded during WWII, I wonder how long it would of taken Germany, Italy & Japan to screw each other over…

    • LonelyLiberal

      Two seconds post “I surrender” of the last Allied power, the Axis would have turned on each other.

  • Blake Jordan

    Oh no, the neo-nazis are being bitchy on Facebook, they have clearly won… thinks almost no one!!!

  • BobSF_94117

    I’m confused. Les Sentinelles are an anti-SSM group that has protested in France, Italy, and the UK (and other places, I suspect). What are they doing protesting on our side here?

    • B Snow

      Maybe I Sentinelli is a different group?

      • BobSF_94117

        I did some poking around and, apparently, i Sentinelli di Milano is a group formed in opposition to le Sentinelle in Piedi (standing sentinels) last year. Why take a name that’s just like your opponents? Cuz… Italy, I guess. (My people have never had much respect for copyright….)

        • B Snow

          That is kind of odd. Maybe taking a similar name is a way of mocking one’s opponent.

          Thanks for the info!

  • Among the LGBT books, was accidently placed the Mormon book, “My 10 mommies”.

  • marshlc

    I love this, so much.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Good job people! That is how you show love and family. Not hate and burning books.

  • Steven Leahy

    On another note, major rally was held today in Indianapolis against the religious freedom law.

    http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2015/03/28/hundreds-in-indy-protest-rfra-law/70594058/

    • Baltimatt
      • Steven Leahy

        Thanks for that. I am glad the douchebag is acknowledging feeling pain from this.

        • Steven Leahy

          My fav. part from the story in Baltmatt’s link regarding Pence:

          I asked the governor if he had anticipated the strongly negative reaction set off by the bill’s passage. His response made it clear that he and his team didn’t see it coming.

          “I just can’t account for the hostility that’s been directed at our state,” he said. “I’ve been taken aback by the mischaracterizations from outside the state of Indiana about what is in this bill.”

          Arrogant, self-righteous AND clueless.

          • Baltimatt

            He wasn’t paying attention to Arizona last year, was he?

            He also said, when asked, that protections for gay and lesbians was not on his agenda. Of course, the correct wording for the question should have been adding “sexual orientation” as a protected class.

          • Steven Leahy

            LOL I just went back to watch a couple videos on the Jan Brewer veto. This is like a carbon copy of that scenario except that the gov there was wise enough to veto it. The whiny baby who wrote that bill also cried that it too was “misunderstood” just like Pence did. Amazing how history just keeps repeating itself.

          • The bigots only have a few arguments to any counter any topic, so they have to keep dusting them off and hauling them out, no matter how tattered and faded they are.

    • teddy21

      And when our side says “thousands” we mean thousands. Look at this pic.