Thursday, May 10, 2007

Euro Parliament attack's Croatia's Catholic sex ed

Briefing: first Poland, now Croatia: identical stories.

From CFNews: Croatia has been targeted by the European parliament over a sex education curriculum that opposes homosexuality and teaches abstinence before marriage. Deputies for the European parliament (EP) accused Croatia of 'supplying medically inaccurate and incomplete information about sexual and reproductive health and family planning as well as about available and legal contraceptive methods' in the proposed curriculum, in a letter sent to Croatian officials. The reproductive health and sexual curriculum was introduced by the GROZD Association, a parent-based group, with the backing of the Catholic Church -- Croatia is almost 90% Roman Catholic. The EP officials warned the curriculum could encourage 'stigma and discrimination' and suggested it may violate Croatia's laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation. They condemned the curriculum as 'gender-biased' and said it features 'negative attitudes towards homosexuality, thus contradicting Croatian laws.' The sex education program has received the approval of Croatia's education ministry but still needs to be approved by the ministry of health before being introduced into the schools. The EP's move against Croatia follows an earlier resolution by the EP to take 'homophobic' countries to court. First on their target list was Poland, which members of the EP vilified as 'hateful' and 'repulsive' because of proposed legislation that would make it illegal to teach pro-homosexual material in schools.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen