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January 02, 2006

Italian Court Demands Priest Prove Christ Existed

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AN ITALIAN judge has ordered a priest to appear in court this month to prove that Jesus Christ existed.

The case against Father Enrico Righi has been brought in the town of Viterbo, north of Rome, by Luigi Cascioli, a retired agronomist who once studied for the priesthood but later became a militant atheist.

Signor Cascioli, author of a book called The Fable of Christ, began legal proceedings against Father Righi three years ago after the priest denounced Signor Cascioli in the parish newsletter for questioning Christ’s historical existence.

Yesterday Gaetano Mautone, a judge in Viterbo, set a preliminary hearing for the end of this month and ordered Father Righi to appear. The judge had earlier refused to take up the case, but was overruled last month by the Court of Appeal, which agreed that Signor Cascioli had a reasonable case for his accusation that Father Righi was “abusing popular credulity”.

Europe sure seems more "advanced" than the US in having almost every controversial topic -- claims of racism, both real and fictive, arguments about immigration, debates upon how threatening Islam may be, and even the basis of Christianity -- "settled" by lawsuits and criminal prosecutions.

They're coming closer and closer to the Soviet ideal, where every action or belief that wasn't illegal was mandatory.

Thanks to Allah Pundit, who would almost certainly be in jail if he lived in Europe.

He's about three steps ahead of the law even in the US.


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