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LIMA (ChurchMilitant.com) - On March 4 an estimated 1.5 million Peruvians marched across the Latin American country in protest of "gender ideology" being pushed in schools.
The largest demonstration took place in Lima, the nation's westernized capital. Large demonstrations also took place in Cusco and Arequipa, cities in densely populated indigenous areas.
Peru's government is currently considering updating its public curriculum to include gender ideology. The Minister of Education, Marilú Martens, said, "Sex is: Being born man or woman, it is the biological difference." She added, "Gender is rather what we call masculine or feminine, attributes that occur in a sociocultural context."
According to organizers of the "Don't Mess With My Children" campaign and marches, the curriculum is "ideological brainwashing for the new generations."
Martens further stated, "Although the family is the first teacher of children, the law recognizes the fundamental role of the State in the definition of curricular contents."
Pope Francis, a Latin American native, said the sin of gender ideology was often given financial backing by "very influential countries." He describes it as "ideological colonization." Cardinal Cipriani Thorne of Peru echoed Pope Francis in recent weeks, calling the curriculum update "ideological colonization."
Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has in the past spoken favorably of gender ideology. Kuczynski, however, has shown himself to be sympathetic to Catholicism. In a speech October 21, Kuczynski consecrated Peru to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Kuczynski declared, "By the authority vested in me, I make an act of consecration of myself, my family and the Republic of Peru to the love and protection of Almighty God through the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
The march was also supported by congressman from Peru. According to reports, "Among those present were congress members Julio Rosas, Carlos Tubino, Nelly Cuadros, Juan Carlos Gonzales, Marco Miyashiro, Roberto Vieira, Federico Pariona and Edwin Donayre."
In August, there was a similar march of more than 100,000 in Colombia as a response to the United Nations push to include gender ideology in their school curriculum. At the time, Cdl. Abp. Rubén Salazar Gómez of Bogotá, said, "We reject the implementation of gender ideology in the education system in Colombia, because it is a destructive ideology, it destroys the human person."
In Colombia, the gender ideology pamphlet was sponsored by the Ministry of Education Colombia, UNICEF and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNICEF produced a joint LBGT declaration reading, "States should uphold international human rights standards on non-discrimination by: prohibiting discrimination against LGBT adults, adolescents and children in all contexts — including in education."