From my point of view and with all due respect to those who think otherwise, the public broadcasting media should not be at the service of any religious denomination. And more in the 21st century. well his diffusion tacitly implies the tradition that prevailed during the dictatorship in which the Catholic Church was the State religion and that I believe that in the 21st century has ceased to make any sense, in addition to contravening the constitutional non-denominational nature. For those of us who are laymen, and even some of us we belong to secular associationswe believe that society has evolved towards a growing social secularization and the low number of religious beliefs and practices of any nature demonstrate this.
Moreover, the Catholic Church, continuous defender of a patriarchal system, as many of its bishops and cardinals are demonstrating in their statements and arguments about the family, is losing, despite its interests and even the money that thanks to the Concordat it receives and uses for indoctrination, followers and I repeat again, despite its television media and display of newspapers that they own and use. For this reason, it does not make sense to use the public media for confessional messages, given that religious events already enjoy a exhaustive coverage in their own media outlets confessional, this is COPE, Radio María and Trece TV, among others. That is why those who wish can receive the ecclesial message without any major problem. And more so when these private media have, as I have also indicated, significant public subsidies.
Furthermore, all citizens, whether they want to or not, through the “unjustifiable” public contribution to the coffers of the Spanish Episcopal Conferenceis contributing to the maintenance of media that, unfortunately and in a deceitful and hypocritical way and with treachery, carry out and act in a stark and belligerent way towards any social measure with a progressive approach, such as the abortion law, the law of euthanasia, the rights of LGTBIQ+ people, and others that improve democratic rights, to which the Catholic Church opposes and they also support demonstrations to continue with their national Catholicism supported by associations of dubious legality and even somehow allowing certain “crimes”, with their silence, such as the abuse of minors, concealment of genocides committed after the coup d’état of 36 and “usurpation” of public property with its widespread immatriculations.
For secularists, all these nonsense and interventions in the public media mean continuing to travel to the past
But as if that were not enough, the public broadcasting media, ignoring the impartiality of the Constitution and taking advantage of it in a partial way, rebroadcast masses, and even prioritize the papal locutions on issues that concern them, leaving aside or not giving voice to others. social entities that cry out for a more just and peaceful world and that are as worthy of being heard as those of the papal curia. Which demonstrates the notorious opportunism of giving priority to those references with a confessional story presided over by the invocation of supernatural phenomena, attributing to them a historical character without the slightest scientific foundation. Seeing this, secularists take us to those times of Francoism in which we were “forced” at noon to listen to the Angelusand even to pray in public centers, to attendance at masses and prayers in the month of May or of Maryas was said, and even to general public events at Easterto which all schoolchildren had to go.
In short, for secularists, all these nonsense and interventions in the public media mean keep traveling to the past. For this reason, it is necessary to denounce, as Secular Europe does not stop doing so, the repeal of the 1979 agreements with the Holy See, which provide coverage for these situations, and only in this way can progress be made in democracy and in the secularism of the State in a society which is plural. And we have the example in France, where secularism is normal and with this no confession or doctrine is prohibited, but yes, the public media and the State do not ostentate or use, nor do they prioritize any confession at a general level, so they are States more in line with the 21st century than ours, which seems anchored in the 20th century and in some places and some associations and National-Catholic parties in the Middle Ages.
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Religious programming on public broadcast media is not required