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I'm glad that mathematicians don't have to deal with news stories such as this:

In a landmark and complex 5-4 decision, the International Mathematical Union upheld the validity of the Fourier inversion formula for square-integrable functions.  The ruling rejected the defendant's argument that the interchange of integrals was justified by the associative law for addition, but found that the inversion formula could nevertheless be justified by interpreting the individual functions as tempered distributions.

Reactions to the decision from both sides of the deeply polarised mathematical community were swift and predictable...
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Math Lawyers.  I will not sleep tonight.
 
Imagine how horrible the case for or against the continuum hypothesis would get!
 
LOL! In all fairness, mathematicians did come close to something like this over the proof of the Poincare conjecture. 
 
A friend suggests that this is about the Obama-Care ruling. (But well, its difficult to draw parallels here!) Is it (about Obamacare)? 
 
Good one. But we do need to decide if 0 is a natural number.
 
Note at this level of course since this is clearly a joke, but didn't similar controversies happen in the math community about a particular theorem?
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