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Greek police arrest man behind Facebook page satirizing ‘mystical’ priest

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What if they were Muslim? (H/T: rookie)

Greek police arrest man behind Facebook page satirizing ‘mystical’ priest

Cross posted from ekathimerini.com

A 27-year-old man was arrested in the village of Psahna, Evia, on Monday on suspicion of being behind a Facebook page satirizing a dead Orthodox priest who some faithful believe had uncanny powers of perception.

The suspect, who was not named, is alleged to have maintained the page mocking Father or Elder (Geron) Paisios. The page was named Father Pastitsios after a traditional pasta-based dish.

The 27-year-old is being charged with blasphemy and insulting the late priest, who has become a cult figure among some Orthodox Christians over the past few months after allegedly foreseeing Greece’s economic crisis.

Police said that they made the arrest after “thousands” of complaints about the page from various parts of the world reached the electronic crimes squad.

Critics, however, point out that the police took action a few days after far-right Chrysi Avgi (Golden Dawn) raised the issue in Parliament.

The arrest was heavily criticized on Facebook and other social media as being an unacceptable case of censorship unbefitting a modern European country.

Opponents of the man’s arrest began a campaign on Twitter under the keyword #FreeGeronPastitsios.

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  • tarig

    @Aswan, you don’t have a right to judge what other people believe, its not you place or your business. If people want to worship saints, or footballers, or little green men from Mars, that is completely their choice, and as long as they don’t harm others, is not the business of you or anyone else. If you don’t like it I recommend listening to the command given to you by Allah, lekum dinukum, wa liya deen!

  • Simon
  • I think that when it comes to civilized behavior as opposed to savage incontinence, non-academic uncivil insult of dead people is dehumanizing & should be liable to levels of censure.

    The dead cannot defend themselves.

    There are many who treat humans as just relatively sentient conscious flesh, & the deceased as rotting meat.

    If it is okay to verbally insult the dead, then how is that different from physically abusing them too?

  • AswanShore

    I don’t like insulting what people revere, though in my opinion saint worship is pathetic in any religion, but I see where you are coming from with this. The double standards are there.

  • TheBig-T

    Oh the Irony
    people would b**h and moan whenever muslims enact there blasphamy laws, but yet, not a peep from the so-called “Defenders of Free Speech”

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