Using adoption as proselyzation or indoctrination

A report from NPR about "Spain's Stolen Children" :

In recent years, there's been a movement in Spain to dig up the dark
secrets of the Franco dictatorship — but there's one atrocity that is
only now coming to light.

It involved the stealing of thousands
of children from leftist parents so they could be indoctrinated in
fascism and archconservative Catholicism.

Uxenu Ablana, 79, was
one of those children. He is still afraid to talk about his childhood
because it evokes a part of Spain's past that many people in the
country would rather forget.

Read the rest of the article here.

As one of the commenters said, it's reminiscent of what we did to the Native Americans in this country and the indigenous Aborigines in Australia.

It is always important to know our history, so we aren't doomed to repeat it.

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2 thoughts on “Using adoption as proselyzation or indoctrination

  1. I am reminded of my horror when I learned, shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, that some Americans were clamoring to adopt the Iraqi orphans that our own country’s actions had created.
    Thankfully, that idea was squelched by organizations that advocate for children, but it’s disturbing to realize how many people didn’t understand why that would be wrong.

  2. Thanks for posting this. It reminded me of when years again while travelling in Spain, I met a woman whose siblings were sent to Russia by their families (Spanish communists) to avoid the civil war. At the end of the war the children weren’t allowed back to Spain to reunite with their families. This woman had spent years tracing her sibs — she found two, one of whom returned to Spain; the other remained in Russia. Here mother never recovered from the loss and never knew the daughter had found two of her sibs. It is all very sad.

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