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January 27, 2006

Denying Jesus Existed (in court)

Topics: Faith

It is hard to believe that this story is not a fable:

VITERBO, Italy - An Italian judge heard arguments Friday 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 with a fable that Christ existed, and that the Rev. Enrico Righi violated two Italian laws by reasserting the claim.

Lawyers for Righi and Cascioli, old schoolmates, made their arguments in a brief, closed-door hearing before Judge Gaetano Mautone in Viterbo, north of Rome. They said they expected the judge to decide quickly.

Cascioli filed a criminal complaint in 2002 after Righi wrote in a parish bulletin that Jesus did indeed exist, and that he was born of a couple named Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem and lived in Nazareth.

It's even harder to believe that Cascioli's case has even seen the light of day. What kind of post-modern irrationalism would lead someone to deny the existence of Jesus Christ, the most established figure in history?

Cascioli is attempting to reach the European Court of Human Rights, which is apparently more sympathetic to his personal belief system, where he intends to accuse the church of what he calls "religious racism." Please, give me a break!

Posted by tim at January 27, 2006 1:28 PM

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