Spanish court blocks atheists' Holy Thursday march past Catholic churches
April 21, 2011
A Spanish court has refused permission for a group of atheists who had planned a march past several Madrid Catholic churches on Holy Thursday.
The Madrid court upheld a ruling by the local interior ministry against the demonstration, which had been planned by the Madrid Association of Atheists and Freethinkers. The interior ministry ruled that the march would be deliberately offensive to Catholics, especially since it was to take place during Holy Week.
Spain has seen several recent incidents involving hostility toward the Catholic Church—most recently, an arson attack on the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona.
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