Friday, July 13, 2007

God cleared on a technicality

He wanted God in court.

Pavel Mircea, who is serving a 20-year sentence for murder, filed a lawsuit in the western Romanian town of Timisoara against God for not protecting him from the Devil. He claimed that he had concluded a contract with God at baptism but God had not kept his side of the bargain. "He was supposed to protect me from all evils and instead he gave me to Satan who encouraged me to kill," he claimed.

The plaintiff cited five paragraphs from the Romanian criminal code describing the crimes which God had allegedly committed, including fraud, breach of trust, abuse of a position of authority and misappropriation of goods. God had not fulfilled his side of the contract, Mircea claimed, because he had accepted prayers and sacrificial offerings without providing any kind of services in exchange.

The nit-picking public prosecutor's office refused to allow the case on the pedantic grounds that God isn't a person and doesn't have a legal residence. If you can't sue the fount of all law, what sort of rule of law is that? God's got a lot of questions to answer.

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