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French Schools Replace "Mother" And "Father" With "Parent 1" And "Parent 2"
02-16-2019, 08:45 AM,
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French Schools Replace "Mother" And "Father" With "Parent 1" And "Parent 2"
French Schools Replace "Mother" And "Father" With "Parent 1" And "Parent 2"

<p>In the latest example of <a href="https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-09/death-political-correctness-student-charged-islamaphobic-hate-crime-after-mocking-is">political correctness run amok in Europe</a>, the French National Assembly this week passed an education reform bill which included a controversial amendment <strong>to replace all instances of the words 'mother' and 'father' on official school-related paperwork with the 'gender neutral' phrases "Parent 1" and "Parent 2".</strong></p>

<p>The bill, which was championed by President Emmanuel Macron's party, will also make school attendance mandatory for all three-year-olds.</p>

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<p>"This amendment aims to root in law children's family diversity in administrative forms submitted in school," said REM minister Valérie Petit.</p>

<p><strong>"We have families who find themselves faced with tick boxes stuck in rather old-fashioned social and family models. For us, this article is a measurement of social equality."</strong></p>
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<p>While the changes were made ostensibly to stop discrimination against same-sex parents, according to <a href="https://www.christiantoday.com/article/france-to-replace-mother-and-father-with-parent-1-and-parent-2-on-school-forms/131773.htm">the Christian Post,</a> the measure has been attacked by conservatives and liberals alike. Even the French education minister opposed the amendment.</p>

<p>In a sign of just how fraught with controversy this provision has become, even the president of the French association for same-sex parents has criticized the decision, <strong>arguing that it could create a "parental hierarchy". </strong></p>

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<p>However, it is not just conservatives who question the effectiveness of the new legislation. Alexandre Urwicz president of the AFDH, the French association for same sex parents, worries that the legislation could create a “parental hierarchy."</p>

<p><strong>"Who is ‘parent number 1’ and who is ‘parent number 2’?" he asks, adding that perhaps the less controversial "father, mother and legal representative,"</strong> be used instead.</p>
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<p>Conservatives denounced the suggestion that the terms "mother" and "father" are old fashioned, and one lawmaker pointed out that in modern France, more than 95% of civil unions are between same-sex couples, <a href="https://www.rt.com/news/451539-parent1-parent2-mother-father-france/">RT</a> reported.</p>

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<p><strong>“When I hear people say this is an old-fashioned model, I would remind people that today among unions celebrated, civil or marital, some 95 per cent are man-woman couples,”</strong> Conservative MP Xavier Breton said of the latest amendment, while fellow Conservative Fabien Di Filippo denounced the move as a “frightening ideology."</p>
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<p>Other conservatives insisted that they would work to repeal the bill if and when their party returns to power.</p>

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<p>Laurent Wauquiez, leader of the opposition Republicans party, said 'mother' and 'father' would be reinstated if his party wins the elections.</p>

<p><strong>"Our citizens do not share anything with the political class nor the policies they are imposing," </strong>he said, according to The Times.</p>

<p>Ludovine de la Rochère, leader of the Catholic Demonstration for All, which protested against the introduction of same-sex marriage, called the new terms "absolutely dehumanising."</p>

<p>"Children need guidance," she said. "This amendment goes towards the disappearance of fundamental references."</p>
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<p>Even if the amendment is rejected by the French Senate, it would return to the National Assembly for further consideration. However, the measure is expected to pass the upper chamber.</p>

<p>But for right now, at least, the controversy has at least proved fodder for some classic memes.</p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="und" xml:lang="und" xml:lang="und"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/parent1Parent2?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#parent1Parent2</a> <a href="https://t.co/oh5rKEmXPM">pic.twitter.com/oh5rKEmXPM</a></p>
— Sentenza (@Perinetti_Yo) <a href="https://twitter.com/Perinetti_Yo/status/1096330464833478656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 15, 2019</a></blockquote>
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<p dir="ltr" lang="fr" xml:lang="fr" xml:lang="fr">Films désormais autorisés...<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Parent1?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Parent1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/parent1Parent2?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#parent1Parent2</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Parent2?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Parent2</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EcoleDeLaConfiance?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EcoleDeLaConfiance</a> <a href="https://t.co/t78dltrl6e">pic.twitter.com/t78dltrl6e</a></p>
— Emmanuel Rouxel ن (@erouxel) <a href="https://twitter.com/erouxel/status/1096129770025353217?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 14, 2019</a></blockquote>
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