Civil rights activist demands Spanish government respect right to hang crucifixes in schools


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Madrid, Spain, Dec 4, 2009 / 11:32 pm (CNA).- The president of the civil rights watchdog site in Spain,, Ignacio Arsuaga, demanded on Thursday that the government "respect the will of the majority of parents, who pay for public and charter schools with their taxes, by keeping crucifixes in schools where it is the wish of families."

Arsuaga said a recent move by left-wing lawmakers to have the government remove them "is another imposition more proper to a dictatorship than to a democracy."

"Crucifixes should neither be obligatory, nor should they be forcibly removed. We ask that the freedom of the parents and teachers to decide be respected," he said.