No More “Indecent” Dress Code or Behavior

The news last night as I drove home late in the evening from a church where I was ministering was rather startling and yet somewhat funny and serious at the same time. It is well into the night as I am driving – it is raining hard and there is a wind blowing. However, because I am tired I look for a talk show or a news station on satellite radio so that I will stay alert on my drive home. I look for some host on a show who is controversial and with whom I can disagree. An announcer that makes me angry. This way I stay wide awake and alert as I interact and yell at the person talking.

One of the first items up was “Italian seaside town planning miniskirt ban.”

Here is the news item straight from BBC News / Europe’s website the next morning…

Mayor Luigi Bobbio said the regulations would help “restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence”.
Offenders would face fines of between 25 ($35) and 500 euros ($696).
‘Right decision’
“Nothing too revealing” is the new policy Mayor Bobbio wants to enforce, says the BBC’s Duncan Kennedy in Rome.
That means a tough new dress code which would effectively outlaw everything from miniskirts to low-cut jeans when people walk around Castellammare di Stabia, our correspondent adds.
Mr Bobbio, from the centre-right People of Freedom party, says he wants to target people who are “rowdy, unruly or simply badly behaved”.
There will also be a ban on sunbathing, playing football in public places, and blasphemy, if the proposals are approved at a council meeting on Monday.
“I think it’s the right decision,” a local parish priest, Don Paulo Cecere, told the Cronache di Napoli newspaper. “It’s also a way of combating the rise in sexual harassment.”
Castellammare di Stabia is latest city to make use of the extra powers handed down by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government to mayors, in the effort to fight crime and confront anti social behaviour.
In other places they have banned sandcastles, kissing in cars, feeding stray cats, wooden clogs and the use of lawn mowers at weekends.

Instantly I have a number of thoughts – this is good and exactly why I listen – because when thinking and reacting I stay wide awake and thus arrive home safely – although I admit it gets a little heated in the car as I interact with the news items and talk back to the news announcer … and the speed of the vehicle as a result often picks up substantially. My thoughts…

1> This man – the major – will probably not get elected for another term as he is trying to impose his standards upon people; standards that may not be shared by those who behavior will have to be modified or they will face stiff fines.

2> How short is “short?” How mini is “mini?” Who determines this and who will enforcce the new laws if and when passed? Define “very skimpy clothes.”

3> What about on the beaches – it is a seaside town – no “sunbathing” in public places? Folks, this is southern Europe … you know, nude beaches and on family beaches the bathing suits leave much to be desired as many do not cover much of anything. And now we will have a ban on sunbathing?

4> What is wrong with “playing football (soccer)” in public places – unless they are concerned that people play football in skimpy bathing attire.

5> How can you lump building sandcastles, feeding stray cats and cutting your grass on weekends in with beach attire and banning mini-skirts?

6> Thank God it is not the Church trying to impose it morality or behavioral expectations upon non-Church people … at least, on the surface it isn’t.

7> How do you police and fine “blasphemy” and what is the current definition of this word in their society? A cultural definition or a church definition?

8> Surely we have better things to do with our time, effort, and money.

This, of course, let me to wonder how much influence the Church is really having on this decision to tighten up the apparent lose moral standards of this town. And, if the Church is involved directly or indirectly, who has given the Church the right to dictate how people are going to live, dress, and behalf. I am reminded of a comment by a North American pastor who said, “You can’t expect them to live like Christians until they are Christians.”

Today is the day that the new laws will be passed by the town council acording to CBSNEWS web site… it will be fun to watch what happens and how these new laws are going to be enforced and upheld. More as it becomes available.

1 reply
  1. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth says:

    Bahahahahahahahaha! Some people! 🙂 Yeesh! This kind of thing is unbelievable when they keep passing more and more legislation to broaden peoples rights i.e. same sex marriage, abortion laws etc. Blows me away! Makes you wonder what the real agenda is because if someone wants to sexually harass another person they’ll do so irregardless of a mini skirt. Bah!


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