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COLOMBIA (ChurchMilitant.com) - Tens of thousands marched across Colombia Wednesday to resist a gender ideology proposal for public and private schools. Just 10 days before, the Latin American Pope Francis said the sin of gender ideology was often given financial backing by "very influential countries," and is "ideological colonization."
Gina Parody, head of Ministry of Education (MNE) in Colombia, plans to revise student handbooks across the country to include education on gender theory, same-sex marriage and transgenderism. These revisions would include Catholic schools.
"We reject the implementation of gender ideology in the education system in Colombia, because it is a destructive ideology, it destroys the human person," said the Cardinal Archbishop of Bogotá, Rubén Salazar Gómez on the eve of the countrywide marches.
The pamphlet has a number of phrases against traditional family and marriage:
"Traditionally we have comprehended that sex determines the condition of man or woman. Without a doubt, this is not the case."
"Those who have a homosexual or bisexual orientation have been victims of violence and exclusion in all, or almost all, of their life ambitions."
The gender ideology pamphlet is sponsored by the Ministry of Education Colombia, UNICEF, and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
UNFPA has produced human rights standards that, "must guarantee the right to non-discrimination in both health care services and the underlying determinants of health including.. Intersex or transgender status."
UNICEF produced a joint LBGT declaration which reads, "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."
The Director of the NGO Colombia Diversa, Marcela Sanches, has denied reports that the Ministry of Education received money to make the guide.