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I came across this article through a friend of mine on Facebook. It is a summary of some comments that were made by an Archbishop during his Christmas sermon.

For me it’s no surprise that a male dominated religion would have such a low regard for woman, and promote forcible abuse as a right from god. I think what surprises people is that they don’t see the vile beliefs still being pushed by organized religious groups. Aren’t we in the 21st Century?

From radical Islamic groups, to the Catholics, one thing is clear, men are considered superior in organized religion, and women are not considered equals.

I told a story on here a few years ago of an ex-girlfriend of mine that oddly enough invited me to her wedding. When we dated she was a vibrant, independent woman. We had differences in beliefs that could not be resolved so we decided to just remain friends. At the time I was quite happy she had found a partner that shared her beliefs.

Then, when I went to the wedding, at a very nondescript Christian Centre, I was shocked! She had to yield to her ‘man’, and her path to heaven was only guaranteed by serving her husband. WTF!

It is quite extreme to state that women that have had abortions have given up their rights to say no.

It’s such a hypocritical statement to judge a woman for making choices about her body, when religious people state all the time that only god can judge. At what point does an Archbishop think he can judge women and authorize rape and forcible abuse?

At what point do we decide comments by these religious leaders are hate speech? Why can religious leaders speak without consequence? Why can the Pope go unpunished for hiding paedophilia in the Catholic church?

It is time to stop being silent about human rights abuses and start making religious and political leader accountable for their hateful words.

Here is the article I read today. If anyone can translate the full speech and put it in comments, that would be muchly appreciated!

The Archbishop of Granada, Javier Martinez, said in his Christmas sermon that it was acceptable for women who have had an abortion to be raped. Author Manuel António Pin expresses his outrage in the daily Jornal de Notícias: “The Spanish Church won’t let anyone dissuade it from its intolerant traditions. … After [Prime Minister] Mariano Rajoy, who is close to the Church, announced his intention of ‘extirpating the putrid secular abortion law’ that was passed under Zapatero’s government I was given a copy of a Christmas sermon delivered by the Archbishop of Granada in which he says that ‘a woman who has an abortion gives a man absolute licence to abuse her body without restrictions because she has committed a sin as if she had a right to do so’. … For the Archbishop Hitler’s and Stalin’s crimes (he forgot Franco’s) were ‘less dreadful than abortion’. In such situations even a non-believer wishes there was a God to condemn these people.”

via euro|topics – Spanish bishop legitimates rape.