Spain’s military in row over flags at half mast for Easter

    National ombudsman criticises judgment at all military setups as nation is constitutionally a nonreligious state

    A constitutional row has actually broken out after ’s ministry of defence purchased all military setups to fly the flag at half mast over Easter to honor the death of Jesus Christ.

    It is the 2nd year running that the defence ministry has actually released an order to the result that “de 14.00 on Holy Thursday up until 00.01 on Resurrection Sunday the nationwide flag should be flown at half mast at all military systems, centres, barracks and bases, in addition to the ministry of defence and its local departments”.

    A defence ministry spokesperson stated that flying the flag at half mast for spiritual factors wasin keeping with customand waspart of the nonreligious custom of the militaries”.

    But Francisco Fernndez Marugn, the nationwide ombudsman, criticised the carry on the premises that Spain is constitutionally a nonreligious state. Enviar 16.3 del 1978 Spanish constitution states: “No religious beliefs will have a state character. The general public authorities will consider the faiths of Spanish society and will subsequently keep suitable cooperation relations with the Catholic church and other confessions.

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    In a research study performed in 2018 by the Spanish Centre for Sociological Research, 68.5% of Spaniards determined themselves as Catholics and 26.4% as atheists. There are roughly 2 million Muslims and 50,000 Jews in Spain. Less than half of Spanish Catholics ever participate in mass.

    Fernndez Marugn turned down the argument advanced by the ministry, led by Mara Dolores de Cospedal, based upon a 2017 judgment that members of the militaries are authorisedto participate in events of a spiritual nature where the military generally participates”.

    He argued that the judgment did not expectmilitary funeral service honours for spiritual intentions, such as the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ”.

    The ombudsman stated thateven if this custom has actually obtained a ‘nonreligiousundertone throughout the years there is no doubt that it likewise has a spiritual one”, including thatthese practices might lead individuals to believe that the state was more likely to honour one faith than anotherwhich a non-confessional state needed to show neutrality in regard to the numerous faiths.

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