Italian Archbishop says anti homophobia campaigns brainwash kids
The Archbishop of Genoa, Angelo Bagnasco, has likened recent Italian government-run anti-homophobia campaigns to indoctrination and re-education camps and said efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying amounted to brainwashing kids into being LGBTI friendly.
Bagnasco made the comments in an op-ed piece published by the Italian Bishops' newspaper Avvenire.
Bagnasco also criticised recent pamphlets supplied to schools that taught about diversity and equal love.
Bagnasco said parents must take a stand against these “preconceptions against the family, parenthood, religious faith and the difference between fathers and mothers”.
“Parents must defend their children against gender ideology. It is a grave duty of society - at all levels and forms - not to corrupt the youth with ideas and examples that no father and mother would want for their children.”
Just last week the Italian government announced plans to hold diversity training for teachers. The training has met with outcry from church officials and has been momentarily shelved.