An Italian comedienne (Sabina Guzzanti) who said that Pope Benedict XVI would go to Hell and be tormented by homosexual demons is facing a prison term of up to 5 years. The law that was enforced by former Fascist dictator Benito Mussulini and prohibits verbal attacks on the Pope and the Italian Prime Minister. The case is of course obscure and should not occur in modern times. It is also ironic that the same people (conservatives and radical Christians we might call them) who mocked the Muslims for getting enraged by the Danish cartoon drawings and called for the holyness of democracy and freedom of speech now do the exact same thing. They want to imprison a comedian only because of her jokes. It is of course exactly as evil and pathetic as the Muslim radicals who called for censorship. Why aren’t this blowing up in the same manner? It can only be a proof on that some of those who defended democracy the loudest during the Danish cartoon controversy were lying. They are as much enemies of a free society as their Muslim companions.
With the great respect for religious authorities, I think you should be allowed to slag him off. He’s a world figure, he tells people how to live – he shouldn’t be protected from insults. No one should – in a free world.