February 2012.

Profesionales por la Ética offers you their international newsletter with a selection of relevant worldwide news on the defence of human rights. This time, once again, it is full of good news:

FREEDOM OF EDUCATION

  • Great news from Spain with regard to freedom of education: Spain’s new government has announced the elimination of a controversial program to indoctrinate students, the mandatory school subject called Education for Citizenship. The Minister of Education, Culture, and Sports, Jose Ignacio Wert, said that EfC will be replaced by a program that is limited to teaching the text of Spain’s constitution, rights and responsibilities, and “pluralism, liberty, democracy, and knowledge of European institutions”. Jaime Urcelay, president of Professionals for Ethics, called the news “a joy that compensates many years of effort and struggle for freedom against educational indoctrination by the government then in power.” But he insisted that the organisation will remain alert until the new subject is definitively implemented: “the new school subject will be very welcome as long as it does not purport to inculcate students with values and mould their consciences and thinking in opposition to the values of their parents.”

You can read here the excerpts, in English, from an interview of Jaime Urcelay on the key aspects of the end of the Citizenship Education Program and the full interview, in Spanish, here. You can also read an article on the issue from LifeSiteNews.com here

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

  • The Observatory on Intolerance and discrimination against Christians in Europe has just published its 500th case. As they explain, the documentation of the Observatory is only another example of a phenomenon which is often ignored, sometimes denied and rarely addressed, because it is multi-causal and multi-faceted. The Observatory researches, documents and analyses the problem, which is the first step towards a remedy.

CULTURE OF LIFE

  • Another major victory to be celebrated in relation to the culture of life. On January 25, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a  Resolution stating that “Euthanasia, in the sense of the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit, must always be prohibited.” This articulates a strong principle pro-life and against euthanasia. This is the first time euthanasia has been so clearly rejected by a European political institution. Luca Volonté, chairman of the European People’s Party in PACE, who led the effort said, “We have fought a good battle and we have won, thank God, against a real ideological tyranny of the culture of death.”  We must thank and congratulate him for his work and the important victories his team is winning.

You can read an article by Austin Ruse, President of C-FAM, on the issue here

In the light of this Resolution, Profesionales por la Ética will ask for a revision of those laws of the Spanish autonomous regions which comprise the practice of euthanasia. You can read more about it here (in Spanish).

WORTH READING

  • We strongly recommend you to have a look at the first newsletter about the World Congress of Families VI which will take place in Madrid in May 25th-27th. You may also download it from here.