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posted 3/10/2008 8:37:35 PM |
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I woke up this morning to the morning news on the radio this morning. The newscasters where talking about this and I had to do a search and wanted to share the following with others.

BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) - The mayor of a village in southwest France has threatened residents with severe punishment if they die, because there is no room left in the overcrowded cemetery to bury them.

In an ordinance posted in the council offices, Mayor Gerard Lalanne told the 260 residents of the village of Sarpourenx that "all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish."

It added: "Offenders will be severely punished."

The mayor said he was forced to take drastic action after an administrative court in the nearby town of Pau ruled in January that the acquisition of adjoining private land to extend the cemetery would not be justified.

Lalanne, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Wednesday and is standing for election to a seventh term in this month's local elections, said he was sorry that there had not been a positive outcome to the dilemma.

"It may be a laughing matter for some, but not for me," he said.

[/B]That leads me to ask how can you punish someone who died?

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Mar 10 @ 8:44PM  

Mar 10 @ 9:09PM  
Well, Jesus died 2000 years ago and they're still punishing Him.

Of course, He didn't die in France.

Mar 10 @ 9:21PM  
oh my god, that is hilarious...hey why don't we ask him if he is subject to that same penalty, chuckle...

Mar 10 @ 9:48PM  
I don't know how one can punish someone who is dead...mainly because, they're already I seriously doubt they're going to care.


Mar 10 @ 10:18PM  
how can you punish someone who died?

Spending all eternity watching reruns of Little Rascals? With your roommate...Adolf...Hitler?

Mar 10 @ 10:32PM  
Well, Jesus died 2000 years ago and they're still punishing Him.

Yup... I heard he'd died and that they'd canceled Easter.... 'cause they found the body!

Mar 11 @ 12:58AM  
Did you know that they used to punish the bodies of suicides? Especialy if they were with child. In one case I read about they cut the dead baby out, and dragged the women face first by horse through the city.

Suicide victims were commonly burried at crossroads with stakes hammered into them. This was to keep the soul from coming back home.

I believe it was in the nightmares section of death to dust . Although some of that information may have been in other sections. Its hard to say realy.

What its a good book... I got a press copy. It was in the please take me away bin at womens world... the place where they stick review copies of shit no one wants... I also got a vhs of python ( a horror movie) and a couple video games over the years...

Everyone loves free shit.


Mar 11 @ 1:27AM  
That's just nuts!

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Cemetery full, mayor tells locals not to die