US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Polish leader, trying to give a new impetus to his campaign, criticized gays and called them enemies.
-The President of Poland is trying, with the help of anti-gay rhetoric, to attract radical Catholics to his side.
– Representatives of the LGBT community have noted an increase in aggressiveness during the coronavirus pandemic.
The President of Poland intensifies his political attack against the LGBT community and represents gay people as enemies, hoping in this way to give a new impetus to his stalled campaign. Thus, he expects to improve his chances for a second presidential term following the results of the elections to be held this month.
Returning to the tactics that the nationalist ruling party Law and Justice used to ensure that voters supported the country’s transformation into an unshakable Catholic state within the European Union, President Andrzej Duda signed a declaration on family values on Wednesday. He solemnly promises to “protect children from the ideology of LGBT people” and to prohibit the propaganda of such ideas by state institutions.
“This is a foreign ideology, and we will not allow it to spread in our country,” Duda emphasized. The issue of rights about the rights of LGBT people and sexual education is being “tried to be introduced into our reality, sometimes with the help of force,” he emphasized.
President Duda is trying to distance himself from allegations of corruption and neglect of social distance during the coronavirus pandemic, but the problems of the Law and Justice party, of which he was a member, are reflected in his popularity rating. If he loses, the veto will be in the hands of the opposition, which already controls the upper house of Parliament, and this will cast doubt on the five-year effort to transform Poland in accordance with its native values.
Last week, Prime Minister Mateusz Moravicki promised to protect Poland from “ideological experiments,” while another member of the Law and Justice party compared same-sex marriages – they are forbidden in Poland – with bestiality.
The outbreak of cultural wars before the last election contributed to the polarization of the electorate and the activation of traditional supporters of the Law and Justice Party. Poland, according to the international human rights organization ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) ranks last among EU members in the field of LGBT rights.
Us and they
Over the past few weeks, the current president’s leadership has declined somewhat, and although he seems to win June 28 in the first round of voting, opinion polls show that he will have equal chances with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski in the second a tour to be held two weeks after the first.
“Turning gays into enemies can be beneficial for Duda, as most of his supporters live in the Polish province,” said Anna Materska-Sosnowska, a political scientist at the University of Warsaw.
The Law and Justice party manages to present itself as a defender of Polish traditions and the Christian faith from liberal Europe. State television, the government mouthpiece, broadcasts materials that cast doubt on the fact that Trzaskowski is Catholic and that his son performed the first communion.
Duda wrote on his Twitter page that under his supervision, marriage would remain an alliance between a man and a woman. In response, Trzaskowski said that if he wins, he will represent all types of families, including single-parent families, since the role of the President of Poland is to create a community. ”
Member of Parliament Tomasz Rzymkowski, who represents the ruling party, said last week that his country and 38 million of its inhabitants are facing a “civilizational choice.” On social networks, he posted a caricature in which same-sex marriage is presented as a marriage of a man and a goat.
Representatives of the human rights organization ILGA said last month that some European governments, including the Polish government, “use the pandemic as an excuse to take aggressive measures” against the LGBT community.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to get support in a referendum, according to the results of which he wants to confirm the existing ban on same-sex marriage, and this is done with the help of propaganda directed against LGBT people. A conservative MP in Slovakia also opposed the report of the country’s Ombudsman for human rights. According to him, this report is too focused on issues related to gays, and to a lesser extent to religious freedom.
The leader of the Law and Justice party, Jaroslav Kaczynski, said last year that a gay-friendly lobby is trying to change the Polish way of life. After that, about 80 Polish municipalities declared themselves “LGBT-free zones”.
This step aroused concern in the European Commission, whose representatives two weeks ago demanded explanations from Poland regarding these territories.
Declaring territories or workplaces closed to a certain category of citizens “contradicts the values contained in the EU agreement,” the European Commission said in a statement.
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