Hippie Jesus Not A Hit in Greece

Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer, who earlier this earlier was convicted of blasphemy in Greece for a comic book that portrays Jesus as a pot-smoking hippie, and who was given a 6-month suspended prison sentence for “maliciously insulting the Orthodox Church” has had his conviction overturned on appeal.

“He has been cleared and the book is no longer banned,” Haderer’s lawyer, Maria Marazioti, said. “We all agreed it’s not something that special to have the book published in the Greek market, and that the artist had no intention to insult Christianity. Everyone understood that, even the priests.”

The three-member court was unanimous in its ruling.

That’s a relief.