Saturday, April 23, 2005

Viva Espana!

It didn't take long for the new Pope to bare his fangs. The Vatican has condemned the Spanish Parliament for voting to legalise gay marriage. They have also urged Spanish Catholics who are public servants to refuse to implement the new law, which comes close to advocating civil disobedience.

The Spanish Socialist Party haven't pussyfooted around like our Labour Party and created a 'same but different' Civil Partnership ceremony. They've said that the institution of marriage will be the same and with the same benefits whether the couple are of opposite sexes or the same sex. And while they were at it, they included the right to adopt children.

Apparently, the Spanish Prime Minister, José Zapatero, wishes to create a secular State in Spain. This means that religious doctrines will not be enshrined in the laws of the country. It does not represent, as some try to suggest, an attack on religion, since people still have freedom of religious belief but are no longer able to impose those beliefs on, or proscribe the behaviour of, those who do not share them.

This Zapatero sounds a good chap. When Blair retires to a life of lucrative overseas lecture tours, let's kick Gordon Brown into touch and see if we can arrange a transfer deal with the Spanish to get Zapatero as leader of the Labour Party. After all, we've let them have Beckham so they must owe as one.


At 8:42 PM, Blogger james henry said...

Think I might vote for Mr José Zapatero now. Sounds like he might actually be part of This Fricking Century.

Is he a Lib Dem, do we know?

At 10:58 AM, Blogger christine said...

i'll vote zapatero too..he brought their troops home as soon as he ws elected didn't he.

At 3:09 PM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

Do I detect the beginnings of a bandwagon here?

Yes, Christine, he didn't hang around on that one either.

James, he's actually a S*c**l*st. Remember them? Although the policies I mentioned were pure John Stuart Mill.

At 11:15 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Trouble is, these days, 'the greatest happiness for the greatest number' doesn't quite make it on account of all the miserables swines out ther. Poor old John Stuart Mill. The Laissez Faire arsehole.

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

Steve, I didn't mention Mill in the context of 'the greatest happiness....' or 'laissez faire' but his writings on freedom and the rights of minorities.


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