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Spanish court rejects criminal charges against bishop who compared abortion to Holocaust

February 18, 2016

A Spanish court has rejected the charge that a bishop violated the law and incited hatred by comparing abortion to the Holocaust.

Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Alaca de Henares outraged abortion supporters by comparing their "Freedom Train" demonstration in 2014, promoting access to legal abortion, with the trains that carried Jews to the Nazi death camps. A judge in Madrid ruled that although the bishop's argument was provocative, it was clearly "in conformity with the principles of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church and in the exercise of the liberty of expression and religion."


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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Feb. 18, 2016 7:44 PM ET USA

    Spot on. In fact, all "laws" enacted in the name of "hate" should have never been passed because they purport to find outcome from intent. The bishop's intent is to make a strong point about the grave consequences of abortion vis a vis life PERIOD. Further, a so-called hate crime is oxymoronic because if a crime is committed, there are already laws to deal with it. It matters little if I kill because I hate; it is a very dangerous slippery slope that has no benefit except to control thought.