Showing posts with label Anti Gay Poland. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anti Gay Poland. Show all posts

September 5, 2019

Poland's Government Fuels Anti Gay Sentiment Ahead of Elections



I remember when the GOP party in the U.S. used to do the same thing. But as the next generation grew up and disapproved with the LGBT becoming very vocal thins started t change round. We are not there yet but we will get there! Adam
     
People protest against the pride parade in Plock on Saturday
People protest against the pride parade in Plock on Saturday © Czarek Sokolowski/AP






 in Plock writes:


 Thousands of Poles flanked by a cordon of police in body armor marched through the city of Plock on Saturday in a display of support for LGBT rights, which have emerged as a deeply divisive topic ahead of a parliamentary election later this year. Politicians from both sides of Poland’s conservative-liberal divide have labeled the October poll as a clash of civilizations, and in recent months, the ruling Law and Justice party have sought to rally its conservative base by presenting itself as a bulwark against LGBT groups, which it portrays as a threat to Catholic family values. 

Tensions spilled over last month, when hooligans chased, beat and hurled bricks and bottles at participants in the first LGBT march in the city of Bialystok in Poland’s conservative east. To avoid similar violence in the first Pride march since then, police armed with batons, tear gas, and shields flooded into Plock, a city of 120,000 north-wests of Warsaw. Organizers said that more than 2,000 people — many waving EU and rainbow flags — joined the march. Several hundred joined counter-protests, shouting abuse and whistling at the marchers. Despite scuffles, police recorded no serious incidents. Nevertheless, the escalating rhetoric from Law and Justice — which began during the campaign for the European elections in early spring — and the eruption of violence in Bialystok has left many in Poland’s LGBT community deeply unsettled. “Bialystok and the things that happened around the march were a tipping point in the public discourse regarding LGBTI issues in Poland and this part of Europe as well,” said Slava Melnyk from KPH, a group that campaigns against homophobia. 

“Physical violence was very rare, at least in this decade in Poland. Previously there were instances of hate crime violence . . . but to the extent that there was the hunting of people and an almost pogrom-like atmosphere, this hasn’t happened before.” Mr. Melnyk’s concerns were echoed by many of those who joined the march in Plock. “I came [to take part] because I am opposed to discrimination and to what happened in Bialystok . . . I don’t want certain groups to feel discriminated against and to be afraid to go on the streets,” said Olga, who traveled from Warsaw to join the march. People protest against the pride parade in Plock on Saturday © Czarek Sokolowski/AP “[The situation of gay people in Poland] isn’t the best. We don’t have full rights . . . and sometimes we are attacked for who we are. Luckily as a woman, less happens to me, but I have male friends who have been physically attacked . . . and we can’t allow this in Poland.” During the past decade, attitudes towards LGBT groups have eased in Poland, with polls showing rising support for civil partnerships and gay marriage. But this year, the increasingly fraught political environment has begun to take its toll. In recent months, several Polish municipalities have declared themselves free from “LGBT ideology”. 

Last month, the rightwing magazine Gazeta Polska distributed “LGBT-free zone” stickers with one of its editions. And at the beginning of August, the Archbishop of Krakow branded the LGBT movement a “rainbow plague”. “In the past [LGBT people] lived in silence. What is happening now is a provocation, it’s not necessary,” said Jarek, an engineer from Plock, as he watched the marchers gather. “Poles don’t want this. We’re a Catholic country. What is this? . . . They are trying to provoke us.” The battle has also drawn in business. Last month, the Swedish furniture group Ikea came under fire from the rightwing justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro after it sacked a member of staff for allegedly expressing homophobic views. Several participants in the march in Plock compared the mobilization against LGBT groups to Law and Justice’s hostile rhetoric towards refugees in the run-up to the 2015 parliamentary elections. “Last time refugees were the candidate for the government to frighten people,” said Pawel, who had come to the march in drag. “Now the gays are the new enemy for the government.”

August 28, 2019

The Right Wing in Poland Demonizes The Gay Community With The Same Boogey Lies in The US in The 50-70's



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The right-wing populist Law and Justice party in Poland won big in 2015 by scapegoating migrants. Now they’re doing it again — this time demonizing the country’s LGBTQ community. 

“There’s a big political campaign going on, and we’ve been chosen as the scapegoat to focus on by the ruling party,” said Ola Kaczorek, co-president of Love Does Not Exclude, a group that campaigns for marriage equality.

The party’s rhetoric has stoked violence. Thousands of ultranationalists and Catholic hard-liners terrorized Bialystok’s first-ever Pride Parade, on July 20, shouting death threats and lobbing firecrackers, cobblestones, and bottles, some filled with urine, at the marchers.

“I’ve never experienced homophobic hatred on such a scale before,” Jakub Przybysz, a 26-year-old medical intern who has lived in the city in eastern Poland for seven years, told VICE News. 

Advocacy groups, opposition politicians, and the country’s independent human rights commission said the violence is being encouraged by Law and Justice. 

The ruling party’s agitation on LGBTQ issues appears to be a calculated play to drum up support from its conservative base. And the culture war, critics say, is distracting from the issues that voters actually care about, like access to health care and education. 

This scapegoating tactic has worked for Law and Justice before. Back in 2015, the party branded itself as the last defender of Polish identity amid a wave of Middle Eastern immigration. It worked: They won the elections and secured an outright majority in the government. The party is poised to win big again.  
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August 4, 2019

Polish Religion Institute Sues Google for Blocking Anti LGBTQ [Ideology] Film






by Martina Moyski  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •   
WARSAW, Poland (ChurchMilitant.com) - YouTube has blocked and removed the latest episodes of a Polish TV program called I Believe in which the teaching of the Catholic Church was discussed in the context of LGBT ideology.
YouTube authorities explained their move by saying "hate speech" was used.
 
Google, which owns YouTube, "refuses to disclose which particular reason is at stake," said Dr. Tymoteusz Zych, vice president of the Ordo Iuris Institute, which is suing Google for removing the show. 
 
"They removed episodes and blocked the option of adding materials until October," he said. "Their reason for spreading hatred could even be a single sentence."
 
 
"Therefore, we presented a pre-trial letter to the Google group, which owns the YouTube internet platform," says Dr. Zych. "We demand the withdrawal of the decision to block the videos and an apology."
 
We demand the withdrawal of the decision to block the videos and an apology.Tweet
The Ordo Iuris Institute team of lawyers believe "there is a pressing need for lawyers to become actively involved in the defense of the [Polish] Constitution. For this reason, we have been guided by the idea of the legal order — ordo iuris."
"There is no specific reason for this blockade," said Dr. Zych, adding: 
There is only a general statement about incitement to violence and hatred, but only a certain list of features appears, i.e., spreading hatred, among others, due to age, social status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, veteran status, etc. This is a fairly wide list, it is not indicated which of these features was the reason for blocking the material. We can only guess that these are issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Dr. Zych told Do Rzeczy that blocking movies violates the personal rights of both the editor as well as the company (wSensie.pl) which owns the program. The violation of personal rights includes damage to a good name and reputation of the people involved, and violation of the rights of a company damages the opportunity to present its own views, Dr. Zych explained.
 
The Catholic program I Believe (Wierzę) consisted of a series of programs, presented by wSensie.tv, that Paweł Lisicki created with Marek Miśko hosting. The programs addressed a wide range of topics including the Crusades, the traditional Mass and LGBT ideology. 
 
Many in formerly occupied Communist countries speak to a feeling of deja vu when they look at current censorship practices.Tweet
One of the viewers of I Believe in Poland told Church Militant, "These were very interesting topics and there was a lot you could learn from them — especially that Paweł Lisicki has a lot to say about these issues in a very intelligent and interesting way."
 
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The poster says: "This is what Poland will look like
if the left wing gains control in 2021."
The Polish viewer told Church Militant that Lisicki talked about respecting homosexuals in accordance with the teaching of the Church, but he pointed out the totalitarian side of the LGBT movement, pointing to the destruction it brings to the family and the structure of society.

Paweł Lisicki is the editor-in-chief of the Polish weekly Do Rzeczy (To the Point) and author of several books, including Kto zabił Jezusa? (Who Killed Jesus?), Dżihad i samozagłada Zachodu (Jihad and Self-annihilation of the West) and Luter. Ciemna strona rewolucji (Luther. The Dark Side of Revolution). 
In 2018, Lisicki authored Epoch of Antichrist, a work of political fiction, which has been described as addressing the consequences of the liberal current in the Catholic Church, conducted by the Vatican in the name of political correctness, which has resulted in a deviation from the Faith and de-Christianization of the world. He has translated the works of Martin Buber, Victor Farias and Karl Adam. 
Lisicki's program being banned falls on the heels of YouTube blocking another program on wRealu24.TV presenting independent topics like LGBT ideology — and yesterday blocked a program commemorating the 75th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising.
The Black The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression records in detail the suffering inflicted by leftist forces in a post-WWII world.
Many in formerly occupied Communist countries speak to a feeling of deja vu when they look at current censorship practices. Communists monopolized media; YouTube and Google now repress access to the media, censoring like Communists did in the past.
The Ordo Iuris website states: "Every day, people are confronted with various radical ideologies that aggressively question the existing social order. Such ideologies are not aimed at improving or healing society, but instead seek to destroy its very foundation, including the foundation for Poland that is clearly confirmed and affirmed by the Polish Constitution."

August 3, 2019

To All The Homophobes in Poland " You Need to CALM DoWn"





United Polish LGBT in a music video to Taylor Swift performing "You Need To Calm Down" With over 2 million LGBTQ+ people, Poland is one of the most homophobic countries in Europe. Inspired by the conservative government, in 2019 local authorities adopted the creation of “LGBT free” zones. A nationwide newspaper subsidized by the government has started disseminating special stickers to mark places where LGBT people are not allowed. 
This is the first time since WW2 that zones have been created in Europe to ban a minority group.

May 21, 2019

Polish Town Rids It Self From LGBT (or think it did)


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SWIDNIK, Poland (Reuters) - Teresa Drzewiecka grew up during World War Two, when German and Soviet troops battled for control of her town of Swidnik in eastern Poland.  “Let children have a father and a mother, not such deviations,” said Drzewiecka, resting on a bench in a Swidnik park. “Otherwise there will be fewer and fewer children, and Poland will shrink.” 
In March, her local council in Swidnik passed a motion to reject what it viewed as the spread of “LGBT ideology” in homes, schools and workplaces. A handful of other areas, mostly in conservative rural Poland, have issued similar statements.  Views that are offensive or illegal in many European countries have been widely aired in Poland ahead of the European Parliament elections, where LGBT rights are a hot-button issue. 
In a bitter campaign, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has depicted such rights as dangerous foreign ideas that undermine traditional values in Poland, a staunchly Catholic country. 
Another PiS target has been a new sex education program, based on World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, due to be introduced to schools in the capital Warsaw, a bastion of liberalism run by the opposition Civic Platform party. 
Some PiS politicians have publicly denounced the program, claiming it will sexualize children.  

 PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has urged Poles to vote for what he calls “the only party that gives a 100% guarantee that our values will be protected”. 
LGBT rights and WHO standards constitute foreign values that pose “a real threat to our identity, to our nation,” he has said. 
Analysts say that PiS hopes to re-energize its mainly rural base by vowing to push back against Western liberalism. 
With turnout in European elections typically lowest in PiS’s rural strongholds, the party needs to persuade more people to vote, especially as some polls show it running neck and neck with a rival pro-European coalition.  
ACTIVISTS HOUNDED 
While divisive, the campaign seems to have got voters’ attention. 
Marcin Duma, CEO of Warsaw-based pollster IBRIS, said its survey published on May 19 suggested the turnout could be around 40% - unprecedented in a country where barely a quarter of the electorate usually vote in European elections. 
The result of the upcoming polls matter because PiS and Civic Platform see it impacting on a general election due in October or November. 
PiS took power in 2015 and remains popular, thanks to generous welfare payouts, low unemployment and nationalist rhetoric. 
Some observers see parallels with the party’s 2015 campaign, when it deployed anti-immigrant rhetoric. 

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“PiS needs an enemy, someone to fight against, someone they can use to raise fear,” said Bartosz Staszewski, an LGBT activist. “Before, it was immigrants. This time it’s LGBT people.” 
Staszewski said anti-LGBT declarations by Swidnik and other councils were not legally binding, but nevertheless had a chilling effect. 
“How are LGBT people, particularly the young, supposed to feel ... when they hear that the regional council or local government are against them?” he said. 
Last year, Staszewski organized an “equality” march in the nearby city of Lublin. Participants were hounded by hundreds of aggressive men who were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas. 
 “A PLACE FOR EVERYONE” 
In February, Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski signed a pro-LGBT declaration that included a promise to launch a school education program along WHO guidelines. 
Swidnik councillor Radoslaw Brzozka said his town issued its anti-LGBT statement in response to Warsaw’s declaration, which he said was “against good moral values.” 
A survey by CBOS, Poland’s state polling agency, in April suggested that a majority of Poles disapprove of Warsaw’s stance on LGBT rights. Most of those polled said sex education should start at age 10 or later. 
But other CBOS polls show that people in Poland are slowly growing more tolerant. In a 2017 survey, 24 percent of respondents said being gay wasn’t normal and shouldn’t be tolerated compared to 41 percent in 2001; and 16 percent said in 2017 that being gay was normal compared to 5 percent in 2001. 
Even in Swidnik, not everyone approves of the council’s hard line stance. 
“There’s no need to introduce such an anti-LGBT resolution,” said Franciszek Mosakowski, 71. “There should be a place for everyone here."
{https://www.reuters.tv/v/P97i/2019/05/21/polish-towns-deny-lgbt-rights-before-eu-elections}

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