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On Trial Over Jesus???

I'm surprised this wasn't posted already.



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it is taking a really long time to load. I just see the Fox News backround:

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good. it is working.

but for those that still can't see it, here is the article:

Priest May Be Tried for Saying Jesus Existed

Friday, January 27, 2006

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.

Cascioli claims that Righi's assertion constituted two crimes under Italian law: so-called "abuse of popular belief," in which someone fraudulently deceives people; and "impersonation," in which someone gains by attributing a false name to a person.

"The point is not to establish whether Jesus existed or not, but if there is a question of possible fraud," Cascioli's attorney, Mauro Fonzo, told reporters before the hearing.

Cascioli says the church has been gaining financially by "impersonating" as Christ someone by the name of John of Gamala, the son of Judas from Gamala.

He has said he has little hope of the case succeeding in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Italy, but that he is merely going through the necessary legal steps to reach the European Court of Human Rights, where he intends to accuse the church of what he calls "religious racism."

Righi, 76, has stressed substantial historical evidence — both Christian and non-Christian — of Jesus' existence.

"Don Righi is innocent because he said and wrote what he has the duty to say and write," Righi's attorney, Severo Bruno, told reporters.

He said he told Mautone during the hearing that Righi was not asserting a historical fact when he wrote of Jesus' existence, but rather "an expression of theological principles."

"When Don Righi spoke about Christ's humanity ... he was affirming that he needs to be considered as a man. What his name is, where he comes from or who his parents are is secondary," he said.

Fonza said he countered that there have long been questions of Christ's existence and that the matter warranted discussion in the court.

"When somebody states a wrong fact, abusing the ignorance of people, and gains from that, that is one of the gravest crimes," Cascioli told reporters.

Righi's brother, Luigi Righi, attended the hearing and said his brother was "serene but bitter."


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Luigi Cascioli holds his book titled "The Fable of Christ" in his home in Roccalvecce, Italy.


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Thanks 1996_s500 Did the same but you beat me to it. So Took it back off.
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Thanks 1996_s500 Did the same but you beat me to it. So Took it back off.
no problem MBZ300CD.

It is amazing how they are going to trial this guy, just for believing in his religion.

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Thanks 1996_s500 Did the same but you beat me to it. So Took it back off.
no problem MBZ300CD.

It is amazing how they are going to trial this guy, just for believing in his religion.
Just set us back about 1000yrs or so. It's sad really.
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Thanks 1996_s500 Did the same but you beat me to it. So Took it back off.
no problem MBZ300CD.

It is amazing how they are going to trial this guy, just for believing in his religion.
Just set us back about 1000yrs or so. It's sad really.
yup. Do you think that they would do the same thing in america?

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Thanks 1996_s500 Did the same but you beat me to it. So Took it back off.
no problem MBZ300CD.

It is amazing how they are going to trial this guy, just for believing in his religion.
Just set us back about 1000yrs or so. It's sad
really.
yup. Do you think that they would do the same thing in america?
Probably not at this time but PC is getting us closer and closer to doing the same thing.
Look at them taking down the 12 commandments from public viewing and taking religeon out of schools and so on and so on.
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Thanks 1996_s500 Did the same but you beat me to it. So Took it back off.
no problem MBZ300CD.

It is amazing how they are going to trial this guy, just for believing in his religion.
Just set us back about 1000yrs or so. It's sad
really.
yup. Do you think that they would do the same thing in america?
Probably not at this time but PC is getting us closer and closer to doing the same thing.
Look at them taking down the 12 commandments from public viewing and taking religeon out of schools and so on and so on.
oh yea. i remember about how they took down the 10 commandments down. that was dumb.

also, in the flag salute at schools, they took out "under god" that was dumb too.

they should just leave things the way they are.

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RE: On Trial Over Jesus???

oops I read my post and put in 12, thanks for the fix. They have even talked about taking "in God we trust" off of our currency.
It's just going to get worse I'm afraid.
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