Italian town must remove ‘Christian values’ sign

Italian town must remove 'Christian values' sign
The 'welcome' sign of Pontoglio. Photo: Comune di Pontoglio.
The mayor of the northern town of Pontoglio has been told to remove road signs advising those entering to respect Christian values.

The signs, put up during the season of goodwill, informed drivers approaching the Lombardy town of almost 7,000 residents about its “profound Christian traditions”, warning anyone caught disrespecting those would be asked to leave.

Needless to say, as Italy struggles to accommodate thousands of migrants, the signs sparked controversy, with the prefect of Brescia, Valerio Valenti, finally telling mayor Alessandro Seghezzi to remove them: because they don’t comply with the rules of the road.

In fact, the colour of the sign was brown – the colour used in Italy to inform visitors about a tourist attraction.

And for this reason, the town has flouted the rules and could now face a penalty after the matter was reported by the Brescia unit of Italy’s anti-terror squad, Digos, Giornale di Brescia reported.

Seghezzi was actually granted permission from the local council to erect the signs at entrances to the town, explaining in a letter in December that the move was intended to preserve the area’s values and culture, as well as keep citizens safe.

“Today we’re living in a transitory period,” he wrote.

“It’s our job to ensure that all comply with rules that govern civil life.”

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