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Criminal ‘Hate Speech’ Case Opens Against Spanish Cardinal

source: http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/06/14/criminal-hate-speech-case-opens-spanish-cardinal/

On Tuesday, the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Valencia initiated criminal proceedings against the Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, who has been charged with inciting “hate crimes,” after the prelate spoke out in a homily against a reigning “gay empire,” criticized radical feminist groups, and decried Europe’s open-door policy toward migrants.

“The family is haunted today, in our culture, by an endless threat of serious difficulties, and this is not hidden from anyone,” Cañizares said in his May 13 homily, pronounced on the eve of the International Day Against Lesbophobia, Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, at a Mass celebrated in the chapel at the Catholic University of Valencia.

“We have legislation contrary to the family, the action of political and social forces, with added movements and actions of the gay empire, of ideas such as radical feminism, or the most insidious of all, gender theory,” he said.

A criminal complaint was filed on June 3 by the Lambda LGBT collective accusing the Cardinal of hate speech. Cañizares subsequently retracted his expression and offered an apology, if his words had “hurt or bothered anyone.”

In response, Lambda lashed out at the Cardinal, stating that his words are “full of hatred, homophobic and sexist, and only incite hatred against those who do not enter fit into the archaic models defended by the Catholic hierarchy.”

A coalition of 55 pro-LGBT associations joined in Lambda’s complaint, including the Communist Party of Valencia, Verds Equo València, the movement against intolerance, and the collective of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual of the Safor (CLGS), among many others.

In an online statement, the Spanish Network of Help to Refugees said that Cañizares “is an ultra-conservative trying to subvert the constitutional order,” and accused him of nostalgia for “other times when immigrants, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and women were subjected to the dictates of a society governed by the powers of the Catholic Church.”

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