Last year, Angel R. Llavona went to church and was unhappy with the sermon.
So he called up the pastor, Rev. Luis Alfredo Rios, and left a message:
“I attended Mass on Sunday and I have seen poor homilies, but yesterday broke all records.”
The pastor, unable to take criticism, played that message for the congregation. He then said the following:
“[Llavona] is the person in charge of religious education here last year. That’s why it is no surprise to me [that] we had the kind of religious education we had. That’s why we didn’t get altar boys. What should we do? Should we send him to hell or to another parish?”
Llavona had to change churches. He said “the incident amounted to defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and public disclosure of private facts.”
And now, he’s suing for $50,000.
It even made the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times:
So if you want to get rich, just call your pastor and tell him you weren’t satisfied with his sermon last Sunday. Then *dare* him to play the message to the congregation.
He’ll play your message and call you an angry, evil “atheist.”
An “atheist”?! How could he!? That’s defamation, you say. He just called you untrustworthy.
The money will start rolling in after that.
You may want to have your lawyer waiting in the wings.
[tags]atheist, atheism, church, Jesus, Christian[/tags]