IN yet another nutty but true story……Spain’s top policing award has gone not to a heroic police officer but to a statue of the Virgin Mary.
The country’s interior minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, awarded the gold medal of police merit to an icon of the virgin in Málaga because, he said, “she and her congregation maintained a close collaboration with police, particularly during the acts celebrated in Holy Week,” and also share “police values such as dedication, caring, solidarity, and sacrifice.”
Secularists – and many Christians in austerity-stricken Spain – are outraged, and are taking the interior minister to court in an attempt to get the award – normally reserved for police who have died in terrorist attacks- revoked, the Guardian reports.
“The norm specifies clearly that the medal is given to people, not immaterial beings,” says Francisco Delgado of Secular Europe. “It’s meant to recognise exceptional acts of service by police.”
As one Christian wrote: “As a non-Catholic, the use of inanimate statues for the purposes of worship is difficult to understand, but awarding them medals does seem to have taken idolatry too far.”
In other news, Santa has been nominated for a Victoria Cross…No, not really but you see where I’m going!