By MARTA FALCONI
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.