This time, in Italy:
The Christian world may have been dismayed, even outraged, at the Muslim reaction in 2005 to Danish cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammed, but Italian law enforcement appears to have had its own sense of humour failure. Giovanni Ferrara, the Rome prosecutor, is invoking the 1929 Lateran Treaty between Italy and the Vatican, which stipulates that an insult to the Pope carries the same penalty as an insult to the Italian President.
Even certain sections of the Church are unimpressed. Father Bartolomeo Sorge, a Jesuit scholar, told La Repubblica the move to prosecute Ms Guzzanzi was incomprehensible. “We Christians put up with many insults, it is part of being a Christian, as is forgiveness. I feel sure the Pope has already forgiven those who insulted him on Piazza Navona.”
So, let’s recap this:
- Ms. Guzzani told rude jokes about the Pope
- She is charged under a law that limits free speech and dates back to fascist times and could face 5 years in jail
- the Church does not think she did anything for which she ought to be charged (as in, no victim)
- Secular laws are used to persecute her ANYWAY
Does this sound familiar?
Why are there segments of our society which think that people who are not hurt, are not offended, still need legislation to protect their feelings? Do they REALLY care about the ‘victim’ who claims NOT to be a victim?
Or is this a pretext to manipulate the populace, to exercise power over us and censor any opinions that do not advance the censor’s power?
How much clearer could this be?
(Thanks to FiveFeetOfFury for the tip)