Today's Times says that Sabrina Guzzanti had declared that Pope Ratzo would "go to Hell and be tormented by homosexual demons". She's now facing a prison term of up to five years. The story continues:
Addressing a Rome rally in July, Sabrina Guzzanti warmed up with a few gags about Silvio Berlusconi – her favourite target for her biting impressions – before moving on to some unrepeatable jokes about Mara Carfagna, the Equal Opportunities Minister and one-time topless model.
But then she got religion, and after 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."
You never know: the old tart might enjoy it.
But, for saying that, Guzzanti is now facing a charge of "offending the honour of the sacred and inviolable person" of the evil old twat, who, along with his predecessors and his religiofascistic thugs in the Vatican, has been responsible for the deaths of countless people by telling them they shouldn't use condoms, as well as self-inflicted death by gay Catholics, not to mention having played a big part in the overpopulation of Planet Earth.
Giovanni Ferrara, the Rome prosecutor, is invoking a 1929 piece of legislation known as the Lateran Treaty (enacted during the Fascist era), made between Italy and the Vatican, which stipulates that an insult to the Pope carries the same penalty as an insult to the Italian President.
Paolo Guzzanti, Guzzanti's father and a centre-right MP, said the move was "a return to the Middle Ages”. "Perhaps my daughter should be submitted to the judgement of God by being made to walk on hot coals," he added.
And Antonio Di Pietro, a senator and former anti-corruption magistrate, who organised the rally at which Guzzanti expressed her hope that Ratzo would get a good buggering, said that the comedian had only "exercised her constitutional right to freedom of thought".
But religions don't like freedom of thought. It threatens their power. It lifts the veil on the evil that lies within many of them, particularly strict Catholicism. Those with cushy jobs and plenty to eat and drink in the Vatican would not want that life of comfort and plenty to disappear if the Catholic world – so much of it suffering abject poverty but still contributing to the cardinals' abundant and lavish lifestyle – suddenly decided it was not going to put up with it any more.