Thu, 05 Jan 2006

Abuse of Popular Credulity

In Italy, "abuse of popular credulity" is a crime. A case has been brought against a Catholic priest for claiming that Jesus Christ was an actual person, and the judge has ordered the priest to appear in court to prove his claim.

I don't know how courts work in Italy, but in the US, witnesses are asked to swear on the Bible. Doesn't doing so assume that the text within is factual? I don't think they let you bring in your own books to swear upon.

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The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else. - Frederic Bastiat