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La Bandiera dell’Io Amo L’Italia

In most countries, the voter of sound mind and disposition is hard pressed to find a political party worthy of his vote. One of the charming aspects of Italy is that the inverse is true: there are usually at least half-a-dozen political parties worth voting for, sound in policies and public morals, though the more recent trend has been towards amalgamation. It nonetheless often seems that every Italian of public stature has, at some time or another, founded his own political party.

Readers will no doubt recall the Holy Father’s rather brave baptism of the Egyptian-born Italian journalist Magdi Allam during the Easter Vigil of 2008. Signore Allam has proven his Italicity by following the peninsular trend of founding one’s own political party. Founded as Protagonisti per l’Europa Cristiana (Protagonists for Christian Europe), Allam’s party is now known as Io Amo L’Italia (I Love Italy). The party has had an early success in that its founder was elected to the European Parliament in the most recent elections, and he caucuses with the Christian-democratic Unione di Centro in the continental assembly.

Anyhow, the relevance for us is that Magdi Cristiano Allam’s political party has adopted a “baptized” tricolore of its own: the green-white-red tricolour defaced (as is the proper vexillological term) with a simple golden cross the arms of which reach to the ends of the field. A very simple solution, and not half bad really. One of the party’s Facebook followers suggests having a tricolore with a Constantinian-style cross in the center, which is another not half bad idea.

This post was published on Monday, December 28th, 2009 9:06 pm. It has been categorised under Church Design Flags Politics and been tagged under , .
Baron von Hetterscheidt
29 Dec 2009 5:03 am

Absolutely splendid.
A new vision: thousands, indeed hundreds of thousands, of converted Moslems bringing their vigour and depth of belief to a Christianity desperately in need of both.

Theodore Harvey
29 Dec 2009 10:00 am

But do any of these parties advocate restoring the monarchy, or better yet, monarchies?

29 Dec 2009 10:10 pm

I rather like this one:

30 Dec 2009 12:32 pm

Whilst better than some of these suggestions which have been presented, it is still a heraldic disaster. Gold on white/silver? Elementary error, and indeed a violation of basic aesthetic principles.

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