Hat tip to the Volokh Conspiracy for this gem:
An Italian comedienne who said that Pope Benedict XVI would go to Hell and be tormented by homosexual demons is facing a prison term of up to five years.
Addressing a Rome rally in July, Sabrina Guzzanti [said,] … after warning everyone that within 20 years Italian teachers would be vetted and chosen by the Vatican, … “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.” …
She is facing prosecution for “offending the honour of the sacred and inviolable person” of Benedict XVI.
Europe doesn’t have the same dedication to free speech that us Americans do (see: criminal prohibition on denying the holocaust). It is one of the reasons I stick around.