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Italian cardinal blasts 'diversity education'

March 25, 2014

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the president of the Italian bishops' conference, tore into plans for 'diversity education' in the nation's schools, saying that a proposed program aims as "an outright dictatorship aimed at flattening diversity."

The cardinal said that the programs would promote "preconceived notions against the family, against religious faith, against the difference between father and mother." Italian schools, he warned, would become "indoctrination camps."

Cardinal Bagnasco, in an address to the Italian bishops' conference, also condemned abortion, and said that marital breakdown is wreaking havoc on society. "Today," he said, "the child is reduced to fodder for human trafficking, to slavery, to a cruel spectacle or into a weapon of war, when not exposed to abortion or the tragic possibility of euthanasia."


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Mar. 26, 2014 3:13 PM ET USA

    I stand corrected and thank you, KGirl, for doing so. Carter signed it into law and soon after Reagan ran on the promise to abolish the department, but he never did (the source of my error). The GOP used to stand as a party for dismantling it, but now has thrown in with the "progressive" forces and instead expands its ravages with things like the "No Child Left Behind" hoax.

  • Posted by: Kansas Girl - Mar. 26, 2014 10:22 AM ET USA

    Actually, it was Jimmy Carter who created the Department of Education, not Ronald Reagan as a previous comment states. Just thought we should set the record straight.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Mar. 25, 2014 9:49 PM ET USA

    We are witnessing today the sudden - oh so sudden- harvest of the recent past. The defeat of the 'Dritte Reich' didn't destroy fascism, it transformed it into 'liberalism'. The victims won't be cities ravaged by American bombs. They will be children.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Mar. 25, 2014 4:51 PM ET USA

    I taught school in the US for 30+ years. The cardinal is right: "diversity" is a code for emptying schools of every vestige of human dignity. I tell parents now to avoid sending their children into government run schools at all cost. There are no "good" public schools any longer, in no small part thanks to the monstrosity created by that famous "conservative" Ronald Reagan, the Department of Education.