German supermarket giant Lidl has been caught doctoring images of churches to remove their crosses for the second time.
The Soviet-style alterations were made to photographs of the picturesque Church of Sant’Antonio Abate in the village of Dolceacqua, Italy, The Telegraph reports.
The newspaper indicates that the image used for promotional purposes in nearby Camporosso was altered “so as not to offend the sensibility of the town’s Muslim immigrants”.
“You need to show photos of Dolceacqua which correspond to reality. If you don’t want to show crosses, then use an image of our castle,” complained town mayor Fulvio Gazzola, who has vowed to take legal action against the company.
“Lidl said that removing religious symbols is part of an Italian and European publicity strategy. They are free to do what they want but they shouldn’t ruin photos. This is harmful to the image of our village and to our Christian traditions.”…