Happy birthday Dave, it's good to have one like you around: I wish you a future full of meaning and gratitude; and thanks for the opportunity to listen and debate outside of the PC jail.
I'm not the first Italian here, I guess: this cloak of illiberality and thought-control is spreading all over the world, even in places which once were sheltered.
I'm a (non modernist) Catholic and certainly we disagree deeply on important questions - but I still believe in the possibility of meeting while maintaining the difference, on the common ground of a shared humanity and, consequently, respect and interest for each person's honest and free inquiry into the meaning of life.
The best things are learned only "through the narrow gate" and the lasting friends are often those with whom you heatedly discuss. Thanks again for keeping this place.