The new, "enlightened" Europe in action. Presented with no further comment:
An Italian judge heard arguments yesterday on whether a small-town parish priest should stand trial for asserting that Jesus Christ existed.
The priest's atheist accuser, Luigi Cascioli, says the Roman Catholic Church has been deceiving people for 2,000 years that Christ existed. Cascioli says the Rev. Enrico Righi violated two Italian laws by reasserting the claim.
Cascioli filed a criminal complaint in 2002 after Righi wrote in a parish bulletin that Jesus indeed existed.
Cascioli claims that Righi's assertion constituted two crimes under Italian law: abuse of popular belief, in which someone fraudulently deceives people; and impersonation, in which someone gains by attributing a false name to a person.
Cascioli has said he has little hope of the case succeeding in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Italy, and that he is going through the necessary legal steps to reach the European Court of Human Rights, where he intends to accuse the church of "religious racism."
Sorry, I will add a comment - how come no one in Italy has brought the Prophet Muhammad to court? See what the threat of bringin' a jihad down on your head can accomplish?
More of this "Progressive Thinking" at The Belmont Club here: http://fallbackbelmont.blogspot.com/2006/01/progressive-thinking.html