Thursday, September 11, 2008

Italian Woman Facing Possible Prosecution for Insulting the Pope

Not content to let radical Muslims and leftist adherents of political correctness have all the speech-suppressing fun, the center-right Catholic-allied government of Silvio Berlusconi may prosecute a comedian for a joke about Pope Benedict XVI.  Under a law enacted during Italy's fascist period, she could receive up to 5 years in prison.

It's almost certain that a simple public statement from the Vatican asking Italian authorities to drop the matter would end the case.  The Catholic church has said a lot in the past decade about how it now views free expression as a fundamental human right.  We'll see if it walks the walk.

(Via Drudge.)

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