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Gender Theory in French Schools? The Council of Europe Pushes Back

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Aleteia - published on 06/06/13

This so-called “education” is not scientifically based, and so a very large proportion of the population that does not adhere to “gender theory” views this teaching as indoctrination. It endangers the mental health of children, and parents will be trapped into explaining to their children that they must not believe everything that is said in school. And yet, students will have to keep silent to avoid getting into trouble with the official ideology. Such a program, if implemented, will clearly violate the best interests of children and the natural rights of parents.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that “the family is the natural and fundamental unit of society” (Art. 16.3) and that “parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that they will give to their children” (Art. 26.3). By ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, states are committed “to respect the liberty of parents to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions” (Article 18.4). Even more explicitly, the European Convention on Human Rights declares that “the State, in the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and teaching, will respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching is in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions” (Protocol, art. 2).

Mr. Volontè asks the Committee of Ministers,

Would the Committee of Ministers reaffirm:

  • that education must be objective, and that in a democracy the government should not attempt to manipulate the psychology of children?
  • that the parents, not the State, are the educators of their children?

What action will the Committee of Ministers take to ensure that the content of this program is not indoctrination, but that conversely it is objective and respectful of the rights of children and parents?

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