In Italy, openly gay and devoutly Catholic anti-corruption politician Rosario Crocetta was recently elected to govern conservative Sicily: "I will demonstrate that this region can be the most liberal in Europe." The Mafia's tried to kill him three times, so far. [Reuters]

22 Responses to “Liberal Sicily”

  1. Boundegar says:

    I bet he’s really from Kenya.

  2. Dan Burton says:

    Someone please educate me.  How is it possible to be both openly gay and devoutly Catholic?

  3. gypsyspacemuffin says:

    I think the real question here is: Only three times?

    • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

      and the follow up of are you sure its the Mafia and not the church?

      • Christopher says:

        Why would the church go to the trouble of trying to assassinate him when, for a devout Catholic, excommunication is a fate worse than death?

        • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

          He is openly gay and anticorruption, he is like a nightmare for them.
          To excommunicate him would draw way more attention when a well placed bullet.

      • LinkMan says:

         There’s a difference?

        • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

          The Maffia wears Armani, the Catholic leaders wear things purchased at a drag queen yard sale.

          • Boundegar says:

            You really don’t like Catholic vestments, do you?  They’re not masculine enough for you?

          • That_Anonymous_Coward says:

            The fail to follow the rules, they put on the hat and still walk in straight lines!

            That and I think there is something disgusting about a group massing wealth and not using it to actually help the poor and starving unless they convert.  Well that and covering up the rape of children… and a multitude of other sins.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            The church leaders probably wear Armani, too. He designs all kinds of things like police uniforms.

      • info says:

        Are you sure there is any difference? You don’t know Italy very much, it seems…

  4. Preston Sturges says:

    It’s alleged Sicily fell under the control of the Mafia because Lucky Luciano cut a deal with Ike to get out of federal prison in return for making the Mafia the Resistance against the Nazi occupiers.  After the war, the US was happy to have the Mafia push out the Communists. 

    http://www.timnewark.com/books/lucky-luciano.shtml

  5. Mussolini got rid of the Mafia in Sicily, there’s one for ya.

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