Robert Spencer wrote a great piece on Oriana Fallaci yesterday. Now it seems the tables have turned and her accuser was found guilty of the same crime he accuses her of committing. ADEL SMITH, 6 MONTHS SENTENCE FOR DEFAMING RELIGION, from AGI, with thanks to RZ.
Padua, Italy, Jun 14 – Adel Smith, President of the Union of Italian Muslims, was sentenced by the Padua court to 6 months in prison, converted to a fine (over 6,000 euro), for the crime of defaming religion. On January 4, 2003, Adel Smith, during a TV program broadcast live on the Paduan channel ‘Serenissima Tv’ made accusations against the Catholic church defining it as “criminal association” and against Pope John Paul II, defined as “a foreign man who heads the church” and “able double-crosser. […] I declared undeniable modern historic facts: for this reason I do not regret my declarations. It seems to me that the sentence is political. I am very curious to know what those think who yesterday invoked the freedom of judgment and criticism today: is it so for me too?” Smith said he will appeal against the sentence and if necessary will resort to European courts “until he is acquitted.” “I am confident and sure that at the end I will have justice.”