MADRID – Marking a comeback of Spanish inquisitions, a Spanish website has revealed that the president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (SEC) and Minister of Justice have signed an agreement to grant Muslims who convert to Christianity the Spanish nationality automatically.
“Spain would not be Spain without Christianity and without Catholicism,” the Justice Minister, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, was quoted as saying by ETC Noticias a week ago.
“Since the foundation of the country by the Catholic Monarchs that led the Generalissimo to govern Spain by the grace of God, our country has been the spiritual reserve of the West.
“And so it will, with God's help," he added.
The news about Gallardón’s meeting with Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, President of SEC, was first revealed on October 18 by ETC Noticias website.
According to ETC, the conversion must be authorized by representative of the Catholic Church and take place in the temples of this confession.
Converts must also pay a fee of 60 euros, of which 5 will be for the Spanish State and the remaining 55 for the Church.
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“It is not essential perfect Spanish language. It would be sufficient to speak a poor Spanish, as the Andalusians," Spanish politician Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, also present at the press conference, said.
The Spanish Episcopal Conference (SEC) is an administrative institution and permanent composed of all the bishops of the dioceses of Spain.
Spain has a Muslim minority of 1.4 million, making up about 3 percent of the country’s population, according to the Islamic Commission of Spain.
Islam is the second religion in Spain after Christianity and has been recognized through the 1967 law of religious freedom.
Al-Andalus refers to both the Emirate (ca 750-929) and Caliphate of Cordoba (929-1031).
In 1236, the Spanish Reconquista led to the subjugation of the last Islamic stronghold of Granada under Mohammed ibn Alhamar to the Christian forces of Ferdinand III of Castile.
From there on Granada became a vassal state to the Christian kingdom for the next 250 years until January 2, 1492, when the last Muslim leader Boabdil of Granada surrendered complete control of the remnants of the last Moorish stronghold Granada, to Ferdinand and Isabella.
The Moriscos, the name given to Muslims who were living in Spain after the fall of Granada, were subjected to an array of persecution, torture, mass killings, forced conversions to Christianity, the notorious Spanish Inquisition and mass exodus that started in February 1502.
Morsicos’s descendants in Morocco mark every year the fall of Granada.
According to some historians, keeping a family pig and eating its meat at the end of each year was one of the ways in which Spain's former Muslim and Jewish populations were forced to prove to the Catholic Inquisition that they had truly converted to Christianity.
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