A bright orange bus carrying a message of protest against sex education for students has arrived in Mexico as part of a campaign that stirred up a controversy in the United States and Spain in March.
Described in Spain as the “transphobic bus,” the vehicle was banned in that country for its anti-transgender message.
One of the bus’s sponsors in Mexico, the Council for the Family, said in a statement that its “freedom bus” campaign is intended to stand up for the “fundamental right of parents to educate their children in accordance with their moral and religious convictions.”
The organization denounced what it called gender ideology and its imposition in Mexican schools.
“We refuse to let our children receive any kind of education that is not based on science and reason. Because of this, we reject gender ideology.”
Messages on the bus read, “Leave the children alone!” and “Don’t mess with my children.”
The Catholic Archdiocese of Xalapa, Veracruz, is among the organizations that brought the bus to Mexico, in an attempt to replicate the campaign launched in Spain and later in Colombia.
The social communication office of the archdiocese said the vehicle would travel to Cancún for next week’s general assembly of the Organization of American States before touring the country.
Siobhan Guerrero McManus, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a transgender woman, said it was a serious matter that the bus should travel through Mexico because the constitution guarantees a secular and scientific education.
She labeled the criticism of sex education as reproachable because it was in the best interest of children to receive it, although its content is still limited. Topics such as sexual orientation and gender diversity are not even touched, she observed.
The executive director of the sexual diversity advocacy organization Letra S believes that the message on the side of the bus is “discriminatory and contrary to the rights of the minors it says it defends.”
Alejandro Brito Lemus accused the Catholic Church-related groups behind the bus of “lying shamelessly” about sex education in public schools with the purpose of ” . . . creating panic among parents.”
Source: El Universal (sp)