Saturday, September 20, 2008

Good news, bad news

Good news from Italy: Angelino Alfano, the Italian Minister of Justice has refused permission to prosecute Italian comedian Sabina Guzzanti for suggesting that when the Pope died, he would go to hell where he would be sodomised by demons.

Bad news from Italy: the refusal isn't because the Minister gives a damn about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, or his country not acting like a medieval theocracy, no - it's because of "the Pope's capacity for forgiveness". So, he supports the idea that criticising the Pope should be a crime - a truly medieval concept.

Could Italy join the rest of us in the modern world sometime soon, please?