Monday, May 09, 2005

Feeling The Pinch of Theocracy?

Appalled at the repressive character of life in a reactionary, intolerant country whose political policies are in relentless thrall to its backward-looking religious leaders? Why, then leave America and move to Spain!

For the second time in as many weeks, Spain's socialist government has passed an astonishingly progressive measure. First it was gay marriage, and now it's amnesty granted to 700,000 illegal immigrant workers.

The newspaper El Pais called the amnesties (this is the sixth since 1990) 'justifiable because they are the only way to deal with situations that are humanely and socially unsustainable and which harm the economy.' Yes, well, quite. Labour, please take note.

Is it perfect? Of course not. The government has stated there will be no more amnesties, and it will be cracking down on black-market employers and any new immigrants who didn't manage to legalize their status under this one.

But is it a serious honking step in the right direction, directly opposed to the increasingly xenophobic complexion of the rest of Europe? Yuh huh. Maybe I should reconsider my return to the United States of Pat Robertson.

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