With the fall of Spain’s socialist government back in 2011 and with an end to the 7-plus year reign of Jose Zapatero as the country’s prime minister, Spain is now in the midst of not only an economic restructuring but a cultural re-do as well. The new Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy of the Partido Party has promised to rescind many of the controversial changes enacted by the outgoing socialist government. And at the top of the list of Spain’s culture splitting issues are abortion, gay marriage, and educational indoctrination.
Zapatero’s socialist government pushed through abortion-on-demand legislation that also allowed underage girls to obtain abortions without parental knowledge or consent. His socialist-dominated parliament then rammed through a very controversial same-sex marriage bill while instituting what was euphemistically called the Education for Citizenship program foisted upon Spain’s school children. This ‘educational’ agenda was mandatory for all public and private schools and required teachers “to have students make a critical evaluation of the social and sexual division of labor and racist, xenophobic, sexist, and homophobic social prejudices and to revise the student’s attitude towards homosexuality.” All the phobes, ists, and isms were certainly out in force during the socialist reign. Needless to say, this ‘citizenship’ agenda met with tremendous opposition and not just from the Catholic Church.
The new Minister of Education, Culture, and Sports, Jose Wert, announced yesterday that the controversial Education for Citizenship program will be eliminated and replaced with civics courses focused on Spain’s constitution, citizens’ rights and responsibilities, and developing knowledge of European institutions. The far-flung multicultural agenda and the socialist indoctrination are getting tossed into the trash heap where they belong.
And as for abortion and gay marriage….well, already in the works is a governmental movement to scrap the abortion-on-demand law instituted by the Socialists and to return to the much more circumscribed legislation that only allows abortions under extraordinary circumstances, such as fetal deformity, rape/incest, and the health of the mother. Underage girls would be required to obtain parental consent. On the gay marriage scene, the new Prime Minister is in favor of civil unions. What rights and obligations will be part of a civil union contract are still under review.
Abortion and gay marriage, two very controversial issues that aren’t going away any time soon. And as many countries see-saw up and down over these contentious political fulcrums, the angst and anger generated will only create an even bigger cultural divide.