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Challenging Religious Privilege

Spain plans to secularise its public spaces

The Spanish newspaper, Publico, is reporting that the Zapatero Government is considering making public spaces in the country secular. The papers says that Minister of Justice Francisco Caamano made comments about “creating religiously neutral public spaces” – which is interpreted to mean military barracks, jails, public schools state-funded hospitals etc. It would also de-religionise State funerals and inauguration ceremonies for public officials.

If the “Law on Freedom of Religion and Conscience” is adopted, Publico says that Spain would for the first time regulate conscientious objection and the rights of those who profess no religion. The proposal is expected to be rolled out before the end of the year. Expect the usual outbreak of hysterics from the Catholic Church.

Published Fri, 12 Jun 2009