Sunday, February 12, 2006

Judge Tosses Case of Atheist Vs. Priest

Judge Tosses Case of Atheist Vs. Priest:
The Associated Press
Friday, February 10, 2006; 11:03 AM

"ROME -- An Italian judge has dismissed an atheist's petition that a small-town priest should stand trial for asserting that Jesus Christ existed, both sides said on Friday.

Luigi Cascioli, a 72-year-old retired agronomist, had accused the Rev. Enrico Righi of violating two laws with the assertion, which he called a deceptive fable propagated by the Roman Catholic Church...."

Well, this silliness is halted for the moment, but Cascioli vows to take it to the European Court of Human Rights.

What I find odd is that this was filed as a criminal complaint, rather than a civil complaint, and that the apparent "crime" was that the priest said that Jesus was an historical figure.

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