By Estefania Aguirre (European correspondant)
Cristina Cifuentes Cuencas, the president of the Community of Madrid, Spain, has announced that the curriculum for all middle and high schools – and soon those for primary schools – of the region are currently being modified to include the country’s new LGBTI laws. This means that the government of Madrid will be forcing private schools — that means Catholic schools as well — to submit to the homosexual agenda.
The regional government of Madrid made the announcement in a press release dated Feb. 27 after its last meeting.
It states that the new guidelines “will be applied in all the levels and formative stages and will be of mandatory fulfillment for all the educative centres” with sanctions for schools that fail to comply.
Ten of Spain’s 17 autonomous communities have already implemented LGBTI laws and it is expected that changes in the school curriculum of those regions will soon take place as well.
A new mandatory class subject will also be introduced in all of the region’s public and private schools called “Respect and Tolerance.”
The new subject is related to two new Spanish laws: the Comprehensive Law on LGTBiphobia and Discrimination for Reason of Orientation and Sexual Identity in the Community of Madrid (Ley Integral de la LGTBifobia y la Discriminación por Razón de Orientación e Identidad Sexual) and the Law on Identity and Expression of Gender and Social Equality and Non-Discrimination (Ley de Identidad y Expresión de Género e Igualdad Social y no Discriminación).
But article 27.3 of Spain’s Constitution affirms that “the public authorities guarantee the right of parents to ensure that their children receive religious and moral instruction in accordance with their own convictions.”
In protest, the ‘First International Congress on Gender, Sex and Education in Madrid’ was held on Feb. 23 with speakers from the U.S. including paediatrician Michelle Cretella and Lesbian activist Miriam Ben-Shalom, who affirmed she feels “very uncomfortable in a changing room or a shower with transgender women.”
Just before the conference, its organisers – HazteOir.org and CitizenGO – received a fine of €12,100 ($15,000 US dollars) on Jan. 31, a sum they believe will increase in the coming months.
In his last newsletter on March 2, HazteOir.org president Ignacio Arsuaga noted “they want to shut us up, cover our mouths, scare us. They do it with fines, complaints, sanctions and with physical and verbal aggressions.”
“Well, they’re not going to get it their way,” he continued. “They will not scare us, we will not let them get away with it and impose on all our society (by law and based on sanctions and aggressions), their way of seeing life.”
In recent years, the local authorities of several regions has approved other LGBTI laws in the country such as the “Law of Integral Protection against LGTBiphobia and Discrimination for Reason of Orientation and Sexual Identity in the Community of Madrid,” on July 22, 2016.
It punishes psychologists who offer therapy for people wishing to stop feeling same sex attraction or for “any religious intervention” that seeks to modify the so-called “gender identity” with up to a fine of €45,000 euros ($55, 400 US dollars).
Spain was also the fourth country in the world to legalize same sex marriage under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero’s ruling Socialist government, in 2005.
This type of legislation, if it continues on, will only intensify and eventually be used to persecute Catholics who will not submit to this nefarious agenda.