Continuing from a previous post on this matter (see posting from 5th January) - opening arguments began on the 27th January (Friday) in Vertibo, Italy, in the case of an Italian priest accused by an atheist (and ex-priest) of breaking two Italian laws by asserting that Jesus Christ existed.
Luigi Cascioli (pictured), who is bringing the case against his childhood pal Father Enrico Righi, argues that the Roman Catholic Church has been deceiving people for 2,000 years with the myths that Christ actually existed and that he was the son of God, and that Fr. Righi has violated two Italian laws by reasserting the claim.
The judge, who heard the case behind closed doors, is expected to announce his decision - either to dismiss the case or order Righi to stand trial - later today (Monday).
Cascioli says he has little expectation that the case will succeed in an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country, but maintains he is merely going through the necessary legal steps so he can ultimately take the case to the European Court of Human Rights, where he intends to pursue the case against the church for "religious racism."
Watch this spot - but don't build your hopes up, for Casgiolio is up against some powerful people with more powerful contacts and who depend heavily upon the Christ myth for their continued exploitation of billions of people.