Here’s one that belongs in the category, “I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.”
When people see the words “Catholic priest” and “stand trial” used together, they will probably assume that the priest is either being prosecuted or sued for some sort of alleged sexual abuse. A recent court proceeding in Italy, however, provides an amusing, if not irritating, exception to that trend. CNN recently reported that Luigi Cascioli, an Italian atheist, had petitioned the local court to force a Catholic priest to stand trial because–brace yourself–the priest had the audacity to assert that Jesus existed as a historical person. Cascioli claimed that the priest’s assertion of the historicity of Jesus violated two laws: (1) a prohibition against “fraudulently deceiving people;” and (2) a law against “impersonation” or “personal gain from attributing a false name to someone.”
Cascioli’s stupid lawsuit is an embarrassment to atheists worldwide. It is not representative of atheistic thought.