By Hilary White
MADRID, July 25, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The socialist government of Spain, while facing increasing domestic skepticism for its social re-engineering policies, has declared that “diversity” education will become a compulsory part of the schools curriculum starting in the new academic year.
The new Education to Citizenship subject, set by the Ministry of Education, will include training in acceptance of the new realities of “gay marriage.
The curriculum will teach children to accept “diverse family situations” and include training in “overcoming homophobic prejudice,” and rejection of “discrimination” with regard to gender.
In the parlance of the international pan-sexual movement, that encompasses radical feminism and homosexual identity politics, “gender” is an almost infinitely malleable social construct, having little to do with biology or reproduction. Groups at United Nations conferences have proposed such recognition for up to eleven “genders” including male homosexual, lesbian, bi-sexual, male-to-female “transgendered,” asexual, hermaphrodite, and transvestite.
Babette Francis the president and National & Overseas Coordinator of the Endeavour Forum, Australia’s leading UN lobbyist in pro-life and family issues, told LifeSiteNews.com in 2004 that such programs can be expected to be put in place all over the world as part of the international movement to deconstruct the family.
The Spanish curriculum includes lessons in “moral pluralism” the concept that there is more than one type of “morality” and that adhering to the traditional concept of moral absolutes is inherently “intolerant.”
The Professionals for Ethics Association has denounced the proposal for its “moralising and indoctrinating.”
Luis Carbonel, president of Concapa (National Confederation of Catholic Parents and Pupils) told Fides news agency, “Every responsible family has the obligation to refuse this school subject.” Saying it is a “matter of freedom, to defend the basic and highest right to educate our children in keeping with our own principles,” he denounced the government for attempting to usurp the parents right to form “the consciences of their children.”
Benigno Blanco, president of the Spanish Family Forum wrote a letter to the European Parliament, saying that “the government of Spain is in conflict with the families, not with the Church.”
Since it came to power in a voter reaction to a series of terrorist bombings in March, 2004, the ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party has engaged in a program of social reconstruction in an attempt to move Spain away from its traditionally minded Christian roots.
Within a year, the new government had legalised homosexual “marriage,” and adoption of children by homosexual partners. It has legalized embryonic stem cell research and the use of abortifacient birth control, and has moved to increase access to abortion, as well as attempting to eliminate mandatory religious education in the schools.
Ironically, it was fundamentalist Islamic terrorists, who despise the moral corruption of the West, that facilitated the rapid moral decline of Spain engineered by the Zapatero-led socialists.
In 2004 the socialists defeated the ruling People’s Party (PP) then in power because of the political impact of the Madrid train bombings by Islamic terrorists three days before Spain’s general elections. The bombing’ intense highlighting of Spain’s support for the Iraq war caused enough voters to switch their vote to the Socialist Party to upset what was expected to be a re-election of the PP.