Madrid, Spain, Jan 7, 2013 / 12:09 pm
A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be "muzzled" for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary.
Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against "real and effective equality between men and women," charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial government.
In a Jan. 4 post on his personal blog, Vazquez labeled Bishop Fernandez "a true representative of religious fanaticism" and said that the prelate provokes "controversies that are at odds with the individual and collective rights embodied in the constitution."
Calling the bishop's defense of marriage and the family "backwards," Vazquez said that he would "rather burn in hell (if it exists) than renounce equality."