Hilary White, Rome Correspondent

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Italian teachers must receive ‘gender equality’ training: government

Hilary White, Rome Correspondent

ROME, November 5, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Earlier this month, Italian Education Minister Maria Chiara Carrozza presented a Decree Law from the government that included the instruction that all teachers must receive training in “gender equality” to pass on to their students “respect for diversity and equal opportunities and overcoming gender stereotypes.”

Pro-family activists are slamming the law, saying that it could effectively forbid teachers from talking in class about the natural family.

“In the future, there is a very high risk that a professor who wants to talk about the family in class – understood as a natural society consisting of a man, a woman and their children – will be accused of not respecting the ‘diversity of gender’, and of reintroducing stereotypes, and who will then be forced to ‘update’ his views,” said an editorial in Tempi.it.

The decree, “was ideologically motivated, the same as the bill against homophobia,” the editorial charged. “And combined with this part of the school law, [the two laws] would have devastating effects on education of children and, in fact, ban the ‘traditional’ family from the school, even forbid talking about it.” 

Writing in the Catholic opinion journal La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, Gianfranco Amato, head of Giuristi per la Vita (Lawyers for Life), wrote that the groundwork has already been laid for using the schools to indoctrinate students in the new ideologies of gender through a previous document, called the “National Strategy for the prevention and combating of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

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Amato traced a connection between the new decree law and the influence of homosexualist lobbying at the European level. The National Strategy document, he said, only puts forward the guidelines given by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2010, to combat “discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

“One cannot accept forms of indoctrination of young people through government programs,” Amato continued. In part he said, because to do so would be counter to the provisions of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which stipulates that “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”

“Even more intolerable,” he wrote, “is that this is propaganda [funded] with public money and paid by the taxpayer.” Schools, in their current crisis situation, “with chronic shortages in financial resources, deserve other public investments.”

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