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Parents say love of their children led to objecting to state-imposed school course
Fermín Civiac and Maite Escudero
Fermín Civiac and Maite Escudero

.- The organization Professionals for Ethics is making public the testimony of some parents who are objecting to the state-sponsored course Education for the Citizenry, saying love for their children and concern that they receive a proper moral formation are some the main reasons they are rejecting the controversial course promoted by the  Socialist government.

Marta Carmona Soriano, who objects to her children taking the course, says the opposition by parents is just the beginning.  This “is a fight for freedom.” “Only our sense of responsibility and the love for our children keeps us from losing our perspective. We have been hardened in our efforts and sacrifices,” she insists.

The organization Professionals for Ethics argues that objecting parents know they are right and they will not stop until their right to choose the kind of moral formation their children receive is respected. “Our objection has its basis not in legal, juridical or judicial arguments, but rather in our own consciences, which are being violated by the State’s attempt to indoctrinate.  From this point of view nothing has changed. EFC continues to violate our consciences and therefore we will maintain our objection,” say Maite Escudero and Fermin Civiac, two other objecting parents.

Luis Dorado Estrada, another objecting parent from Asturias, emphasizes that he will take every means necessary to protect his rights, saying he has the obligation to protect his children from indoctrination “with opinions and principles contrary” to his own.

Victoria Urbina of Madrid says that although some claim the Socialist government is targeting either the Popular Party or the Church, he believes the truth is that the government is placing the “thousands of parents” who have objected to the course in the cross hairs.

Parents know that “with persistence and unambiguous ideas they are winning the battle,” Urbina states.  “When this government disappears, we parents will still be here and we will have won.”

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