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Free Speech Doesn’t Extend To Italy’s Vatican

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Italian comedienne Sabina Guzzanti could go to jail for insulting Pope Benedict XVI in her Dante-esque routine mentioning the Papa.

“…warning everyone that within 20 years Italian teachers would be vetted and chosen by the Vatican, she got to the punchline: “But then, within 20 years the Pope will be where he ought to be — in Hell, tormented by great big poofter devils, and very active ones, not passive ones.”

The joke may have gone [down] well with her crowd on the Piazza Navona in Rome, but not with Italian prosecutors. She is facing prosecution for “offending the honour of the sacred and inviolable person” of Benedict XVI.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

September 11, 2008 at 11:12 pm

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