Spain & the “dictatorship of relativism”

April 7, 2011

The progressive policies of Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero, who this week announced that he will not be running for a third term, have been alarming conservatives and Catholics beyond Spain. When the Pope visited earlier this past fall–an event which brought thousands of Spaniards to the streets in protest–he stunned the Spanish public and historians by likening the current government’s purported hostility to the Church to the violent anticlericalism of the 1930s. Yesterday George Weigel of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C expressed his indignation in similarly alarmist and militant terms:

Spain is now Ground Zero in the European contest between Catholicism and the dictatorship of relativism. And the latter is precisely what the secularist radicals of Spain are up to: imposing their concept of freedom-as-license through coercive state power and intimidation-through-violence. Bizarre legislation that rewrites history and redefines human nature is the first half of the equation; gang violence is its new and ominous complement. A different kind of war has been declared on the Church.

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