Spanish actor Willy Toledo is in court accused of blasphemy

Spanish actor Willy Toledo is in court accused of blasphemy September 13, 2018

Free speech advocates gathered in a Madrid cinema last night to protest the detention of Spanish actor Willy Toledo, inset, who stands accused of ridiculing God and the Virgin Mary.
The 48-year-old cinema and TV actor , according to the Guardian, is to face questioning by a judge today (Thursday) for posting a message on Facebook last year that said:

I shit on God, and I have enough shit left over to shit on the dogma of the sanctity and virginity of the Virgin Mary. This country is unbearably shameful. I’m disgusted.

His message formed part of his defence of three women who paraded in the southern city of Sevilla with a giant vagina, simulating a religious procession, dubbing it the “Coño Insumiso” or “Insubordinate Pussy”. They were charged with blasphemy after a complaint was lodged by the Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers.

The same mob then turned on Toledo and denounced him for:

Covering God and the Virgin Mary with ridicule.

Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem spoke out in support of Toledo, 48, warning that the country risked a return to the repressive era of dictator Francisco Franco.
Toledo did not answer a first summons for questioning on 18 April, arguing he had :

Not committed any offence and so there is no need to appear before a judge. The Madrid court ordered he be detained after he again ignored a summons to appear for questioning on 28 June.

In a Ruptly video, protesters are seen speaking out against the actor’s detention. A report accompanying the protest, held in the Teatro del Barrio in downtown Madrid said that Antonia Avalos, a member of the Feminists of the Un-submissive Pussy organisation asked:

How is it possible that this Christian lawyers’ organisation is not hurt by hunger, assassinated women, the kids raped by the hierarchy of the [Catholic] Church or by the paedophile priests?

Another speaker said:

We feel pain because somebody has been taken to a prison cell because he expressed himself and this is serious. It is a barbarity, an assault against human rights.

Carles Ponsi, a cartoonist from El Jueves Magazine, chanted:

I shit on God, I shit on God, I shit on God …

Hat tip: BarrieJohn

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  • David Anderson

    According to this most of the Spanish population should be locked up. “I shit on God” is a common and often heard cuss in Spain.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    Ffs, another case of someone being prosecuted because someone’s feeling butt hurt over their religion being ridiculed. If you don’t want your beliefs ridiculed, stop believing in the ridiculous.

  • andym

    Every time countries like Pakistan are confronted about their blasphemy laws, their politicians point out absurdities like this to justify their own statutes. This prosecution will probably go nowhere in itself, but the continued existence of the law behind it makes it more difficult to intervene against blasphemy cases everywhere.

  • Ben

    “Sticks and stones break my bones but words cannot hurt me”. Or as the pious would say”Your words hurt me so sticks and stones will break your bones “.
    Don’t forget how the pious, when they were strong and could do as they pleased, used to notion of blasphemy to rub out those who threatened to undermine their authority. Everyone in Spain who values democracy and free speech should use all the available social media channels to blaspheme and protest. The prisons are not big enough to hold the most of the population.

  • barriejohn

    Talking about Pussies and suppression, what about this:
    What the hell is it that these people are so scared of?

  • L.Long

    Some dude made fun of a slut and her bastard son, and is jail?? Xtians are such cowards and so terrified of nothing.

  • StephenJP

    How is it possible to be blasphemous towards any supernatural entity if you don’t believe in its existence? This fellow patently doesn’t believe in God, Jesus or Mary. Who is insulted if he insults them?
    Yes, as ever, it’s the ranks of the perpetually offended who take offence, demand retribution, and insist on silence. Tough. Senor Toledo is clearly not prepared to shut up, and nor should anybody else: andym’s comment shows why.

  • Vernon

    Pussy Riot activist Pyotr Verzilov ‘in hospital.
    A spokesman for Putin said that Verzilov had come into contact with two errryyy ummmm men on holiday who are totally innocent innocuous regular guys.
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow said that Verzilov must have drunk from a poison chalice.

  • 1859

    Let’s be honest – God’s had a hard time. I mean he’s blamed for everything – seriously, if the Russkies shoot down a passenger plane with almost 300 people on board, God ultimately carries the can. First World War? Hitler? PolPot? 9/11? Bin Laden? Nope – God again gets shafted for the lot – accused, found guilty, sentenced and banged up for life eternal. Ebola? Tsunamis? Forest fires – God again gets given the black spot. And don’t forget the poor guy can’t escape, he can’t delegate responsibility even when he’s taking a dump! Imagine if some disaster strikes – hurricanes, tornadoes, Teresa May, The Trump? – and God says it ain’t nuffin to do with me mate I was having a crap, and points to one of his recalcitrant angels. No way would anyone believe that! And now the poor old sod that’s God is getting covered in shit. I mean come on people give the guy a break for once!

  • Bertrand

    Sorry OT but this guy really was taking a dump …

  • Broga

    The RC Church was called a “criminal organisation” on the World Service by a victim who was given the honour of visiting the Pope. The victim had been abused for years and the abuser was sentenced to “a lifetime of prayer and penance.” He said the Pope asked “us to pray for HIM” and offered nothing but generalities. “We want criminal charges.”
    The victims say they still believe and pray. They just don’t go to church. What they need is some education into to rational thinking and exposure to the history of their religion. This “criminal outfit” must surely be crumbling. It is a scandal that its hit men are still given a voice by the BBC and politicians and allowed into state funded schools.