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Comedian accused of blasphemy in Spain

Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 12:40 am
by aZerogodist
Comedian accused of blasphemy in Spain
From the National Secular Society.

The Italian satirist Leo Bassi has been the subject of a complaint filed in the courts of the Spanish city of Valladolid by the State Association of Christian Lawyers accusing him blasphemy. Mr Bassi allegedly mocked the pope, the Catholic religion and Christian symbols during his act.

Mr Bassi was performing in the Auditorium of the University of Valladolid at a conference organised by the Republican Atheist group. The conference was entitled “Judeo-Christian roots of the West: an historical fraud to fight.”

“We think Leo Bassi may have committed a crime punishable under the Penal Code (section 525.1) as the offense and derision toward the beliefs of a religious denomination,” said William Garabito Efe, who made the complaint on behalf of the Association of Youth for Factual Information (Ajio). As well as Bassi, the complaint names Republican Ateneo, and the rector of the University of Valladolid, Mark Sexton.

The complainants say that Mr Bassi was dressed as Father Christmas as he “mocked the most prominent symbols and beliefs of the Christian faith” which they considered “slander and libel” that amounted discrimination on religious grounds that could incite hatred and violence.

Re: Comedian accused of blasphemy in Spain

Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:03 am
by Tulip1
ok the world is officially gone mad

Re: Comedian accused of blasphemy in Spain

Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:03 am
by smellyoldgit
I wonder if Tim Minchin ever plays in Spain?
I understand his latest Pontifical Ballad was most complimentary to the kiddy-diddling blood-drinkers.

Re: Comedian accused of blasphemy in Spain

Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 3:07 pm
by Ygern
Somehow I doubt the case will get any further than the one involving our own Special Nutter who wanted Dara O'Briain done on the same sort of thing last year.

Re: Comedian accused of blasphemy in Spain

Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 4:15 pm
by Hemingway
Ygern wrote:Somehow I doubt the case will get any further than the one involving our own Special Nutter who wanted Dara O'Briain done on the same sort of thing last year.
I agree. The day we cant use certain topics such as religion as part of a comedy act is a sad day. I mean it sets itself up as a great resource for comedians. Sooooo much raw material to utilise right there.