Thursday, September 18, 2008
Italian Comedienne May Get Jail For Pope Joke
Sabrina Guzzanti, an Italian comedienne, is facing up to 5 years in jail for saying Pope Benedict XVI would go to hell and be tormented by gay demons. Guzzanti made the comments at a Rome rally in July. The crowd loved it, but not so the Italian officials. She is facing prosecution for "offending the honor of the sacred and inviolable person" of the Pope. The July rally was called to protest against alleged interference by the Vatican and the Catholic Church in Italian affairs, from abortion to gay rights, but also to attack the Prime Minister Berlusconi for passing 'ad personam' laws to protect his own interests and avoid prosecution on corruption. Dario Fo, the Nobel prize-winning playwright, said that applying the outdated law would even have led to the prosecution of Dante, since "he put a Pope in the Inferno as well, namely Boniface VIII". Read the full article here.