Nearly 2000 years after she died, the Virgin Mary is still winning awards. No, not an Oscar for her acting performance in convincing Joseph that she was still a virgin even though she was pregnant. She won an award in Spain normally given to police officers who are killed in the line of duty. Wha?
The country’s interior minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, singled out an icon of the Virgin Mary, in Málaga, to receive the gold medal of police merit – which is normally reserved for police who have died in terrorist attacks.
Announcing the award in February, Díaz lauded the Virgin and her congregation for “maintaining a close collaboration with police, particularly during the acts celebrated in Holy Week, and for sharing police values such as dedication, caring, solidarity and sacrifice”.The award has infuriated secularists, who are demanding the medal be revoked, given that the Virgin and her congregation had “failed” to meet any of the minimum requirements.
“The norm specifies clearly that the medal is given to people not immaterial beings,” said Francisco Delgado, of Secular Europe. “It’s meant to recognise exceptional acts of service by police.”
His group has joined forces with the Movement Towards A Secular State (Movimiento hacia un estado laico) to bring the interior minister to court. The case will be heard in June.
Oh man, don’t let Louis Gohmert hear about this. He’ll be demanding that the Congressional Medal of Honor be given to Jesus.