For the first time in the history of Spain, a Prime Minister is sworn in without the Holy Bible and the Holy Cross. Spain, a fervent Catholic country since the 1st century, has publicly succumbed to the New World Order’s evil forces, which have been brainwashing their people for decades. It is heart-breaking to see how entire cultures and their ancient traditions are being taken over by Communism.
“Socialist Pedro Sanchez becomes first Spanish prime minister to be sworn in without a bible,” Source: telegraph.co.uk
The 46-year-old socialist formally took up his post as Spain’s prime minister after he successfully ousted Mariano Rajoy, who lost a no-confidence vote in parliament over a corruption scandal within his party.
According to royal observers, King Felipe has relaxed the protocol on such swearing-in ceremonies for officials since taking up the throne in 2014, meaning Christian symbols are now an optional element.
And since becoming the leader of Spain’s socialist party (PSOE), Mr. Sánchez has taken a combative approach to the country’s Catholic Church, which enjoys a privileged position despite the Spanish state officially being secular.
In his manifesto when running for the party leadership in 2017, Mr Sánchez promised to renounce treaties signed by the Vatican and Spain in 1979, under which the Catholic Church was guaranteed funding through a share of taxpayers’ money, exemption from paying certain levies itself and state funding for religious instruction in state schools, among other privileges.
To make any legislative changes, however, Mr. Sánchez will need to convince at least two other parties to support his plans as PSOE only has 84 members of the 350-strong Congress.
In that programme, Mr. Sánchez described his goals as “self-financing for the Church” and the removal of religion from the syllabus in state schools.
Mr. Sanchez now also faces the difficult issue of how to respond to the independence crisis in Catalonia, and the question of his approach to negotiations regarding Gibraltar in the build-up to Brexit.
The no-confidence vote he brought against conservative leader Mr. Rajoy was supported by the Left-wing Podemos, the largest Basque party and two Catalan pro-independence formations, a coalition which will not be easy to assemble on a regular basis.
Talks between the outgoing Spanish government and Britain had stalled over the thorny issue of border security with Madrid demanding to police Gibraltar’s airport.
Héctor Gómez, PSOE’s international relations secretary, told The Telegraph that he was expecting a “flexible” approach from Mr. Sánchez’s government over Gibraltar to ensure that a positive agreement can be reached “as quickly as possible”.
“We want a consensus solution that has no negative impact on the dynamics of the local populations and the daily flow of people crossing the border,” Mr. Gómez said, noting the importance of Gibraltar to the economy of the towns on the Spanish side of the frontier.
“We are committed to a deal that prevents the border becoming an obstacle after Brexit.”