Christopher Hitchens, the man who eviscerated Jerry Falwell the day after his death, “if you gave him an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox”, mocked the cultural decorum to not “speak ill if the dead”.
In an interview, author Christopher Hitchens seems to have called Joseph Ratzinger, the current Pope, an elderly criminal. The actual publication of the interview in Vanity Fair magazine has changed the word "criminal" to "villain."
Fresh allegations in the Catholic child-abuse scandal have emerged from France, where it has been alleged that a Vatican cardinal in charge of clergy around the world congratulated a French bishop for not denouncing a sexually abusive priest.
On Dec. 18, 2008 the U.N General Assembly passed a nonbinding resolution that condemned "defamation of religion." Western critics have said that this resolution will be used to limit freedom of speech.