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Spanish prosecutor dismisses hate crime complaint against archbishop

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The Spanish state prosecutor has dismissed a ‘hate crime’ complaint against the Archbishop of Granada after a gay rights group claimed a homily he gave in February was trans-phobic.

The Efe news agency says the case was thrown out after the Grenada public prosecutor’s office could not find sufficient motive to justify legal action.

In February the ‘Observatory Against LGBTphobia’ complained that Archbishop Francisco Javier Martínez “promoted hate” in a homily where he denounced the promotion of gender theory in schools.

“There is a pathology behind that,” the archbishop said in his homily. “There is a short-sightedness and lack of intelligence.”

“We are equal in dignity,” he added, “but we are not interchangeable.”

The complaint against the archbishop came at the same time a feminist group reported the Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, for hate speech after he denounced gender ideology.

In a homily on May 13, the cardinal said the traditional family was suffering “serious attacks”, adding: “We have legislation contrary to the family, the acts of political and social forces, to which are added movements and acts by the gay empire, by ideologies such as radical feminism, or the most insidious of all, gender ideology.”a