Polish President: LGBT ideology is ‘more destructive’ than communism

WARSAW, Poland, June 19, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Polish President Andrzej Duda has called homosexuality and transgenderism an ideology that is “is even more destructive to the human being” than communism. Poland had been a communist dictatorship after World War II until 1989.

During a campaign speech, Duda compared the indoctrination that took place during communism with the indoctrination of homosexuality and gender ideology.


“That was Bolshevism. It was the ideologizing of children. Today, there are also attempts to push an ideology on us and our children, but different. It’s totally new, but it is also neo-Bolshevism,” he explained.

Following numerous negative articles by international media outlets, Duda sent out several tweets in English to Reuters, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Guardian, and the Financial Times, clarifying his position.

“Yet again, as part of dirty political fight, my words are put out of context. I truly believe in diversity and equality,” Duda said. “At the same time, beliefs of any minority cannot be imposed on a majority under the false pretense of tolerance. In our times, truth has become a scared little creature that hides from much stronger correctness.”


“I believe in the world where truths, such as MeToo, can have a safe platform. Where we can speak our mind, where words are not twisted. I believe in tolerance to any views, so please stop distributing fake news,” he added.

As part of his campaign to be elected president for a second term, Duda has pledged to protect children from the agenda of homosexuality and gender ideology.

His campaign platform includes a “Family Card” listing his many pro-family policies. It includes a section titled “Protection of children from LGBT ideology.”

That section promises “an end to ideological LGBT propaganda in public institutions” and “the right of parents to decide in what spirit to shape their children.” It includes a belief that “parents above all are responsible for the sexual education of their children” and expresses support for “the parents’ decisive influence on the form and substance of optional classes in schools.”

The “Family Card” also offers “help for families who want to homeschool.”



Poland: LGBT Ideology ‘a Threat to our Nation, Identity, and Existence’

LGBT campaigners’ demands such as ‘gender ideology’ and the promotion of alternative sexual lifestyles to young children at school present a serious threat to Poland, the head of the nation’s ruling party has said.

Speaking at a conference organised by the group Catholic Action on Wednesday, Jaroslaw Kaczynski denounced ”an attack on the family and children”, following the signing of a 12-point ‘LGBT + Declaration’ by Warsaw’s liberal mayor.


“We are dealing with a direct attack on the family and children… the sexualisation of children, that entire LGBT movement, gender,” he said, denouncing ‘gender theory’ which claims that sex is a social construct and that people can ‘choose’ their own gender, and which the Warsaw Declaration says must be promoted in schools.


“These ideologies, philosophies, all of this is imported, these are not internal Polish mechanisms,” Kaczynski told the conference in Wloclawek.

“They are a threat to Polish identity, to our nation, to its existence and thus to the Polish state,” he added.

“Communism was not defeated” when the Berlin Wall fell, the Law and Justice (PiS) party leader said, asserting that freedom of speech and religion are under attack from a post-1989 “formation” of pro-EU and media forces which have been deeply hostile to the Church and Polish patriotism.

The Roman Catholic Church in Poland was among voices highly critical of the Warsaw Declaration, expressing “deep concern” over education plans declaring schools must adopt ‘LGBT-inclusive’ education guidelines, warning that the plan “contradicts the constitutional right of parents to raise their children according to their own belief”.


The World Health Organization (WHO) and UN-produced ‘comprehensive sex education’ demanded by the document were previously described by Kaczynski as a “great danger”, with guidelines promoting transgender ideology and homosexual lifestyles as well as “safe access to abortion” and the sexual ‘rights’ of children, with learning objectives for pupils aged nine to 12 advising they should be able to “describe male and female responses to sexual stimulation”.

Globalist international media outlets have been presenting Poland as the aggressor in a ‘culture war’ for its opposition to the list of demands, with Reuters alleging the government had picked “LGBT rights as [a] battlefront” in order to “stem a decline in its popularity ahead of two key elections this year”.

By objecting to the contents of activists’ 12-point wish list, PiS was “attacking gay rights”, according to a Politico article titled “Poland’s ruling party plays the LGBT card”, which towards the end of the piece admits that “the bulk [of the country’s population] is still very religious and conservative”, and so would oppose most policies outlined in the list.



Poland ready to build strategic canal to Baltic Sea: officials

The chief of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jarosław Kaczyński, led a ceremony in which officials symbolically completed the process of marking out the route for the project in the north of the country, a news agency reported.

Five metres deep, the 1.3 km canal between the Vistula Lagoon and Gdańsk Bay in the Baltic Sea is expected to be built by digging through the Vistula Spit, which separates the bay from the lagoon on Polish territory.

The aim is to allow deep-draught vessels to enter Poland’s Elbląg seaport without passing through the Strait of Baltiysk in Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave.

The project is still waiting for an official building permit to be issued before it can get under way, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.

It quoted Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation Minister Marek Gróbarczyk as saying that design work had already been completed for the canal.

“Essentially, we can go ahead with the project while, of course, waiting for the final building permit decision,” Gróbarczyk said.

Kaczyński said that the decision to build a shipping canal through the Vistula Spit testified to Poland’s sovereignty as a nation, PAP reported.

Kaczyński in September said that the plan to build the canal showed that Russia, Poland’s former communist-era overlord, could no longer dictate to Warsaw what to do.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in late August said that his government had set aside funds for the project in the budget.

According to estimates last year, the project is expected to cost Poland PLN 880 million (EUR 208 million, USD 246 million) and be completed by 2022.


Source: PAP/IAR



Poland Signals Seven Judges Must Quit in Court Overhaul

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda signaled on Tuesday that seven Supreme Court judges seeking to work past retirement age would have to stand down, advancing reforms that critics have said amount to political interference in the judiciary.

A decision by Duda to allow five out of 12 Supreme Court judges who wanted to stay on to keep their posts meant in effect that the remaining seven could no longer sit there, Presidential aide Pawel Mucha told state news agency PAP.

The measure is part of reforms by Poland’s ruling nationalists that are under fire from the opposition, the European Union, and rights groups who say the overhaul undermines the rule of law in the largest ex-communist EU state.

Through legislation and personnel changes, the Law and Justice (PiS) party has already taken de facto control of much of the judicial system since being elected in 2015, including the constitutional court and prosecutors, who now report directly to the justice minister.

The government says the change is needed to improve the efficiency of the courts and rid the country of a residue of communism, which collapsed in Poland almost 30 years ago.

Further negotiations are due to take place with Brussels, but so far Warsaw has offered only cosmetic concessions.

Earlier this year, PiS introduced a law forcing into early retirement more than a third of the judges at the Supreme Court, which validates election results in Poland. New ones would be appointed by the president, a PiS ally.

There are more than 50 judges who are — according to the PiS-imposed law — allowed now to rule in the top court, after Duda’s decision Tuesday to allow the five judges to stay on.

Taking another step in a row that divided Poles, Duda had been expected to name on Tuesday a new acting head of the Court, a move likely to be seen by critics as an attempt to pressure President of the Supreme Court Malgorzata Gersdorf, who declares that she remains in her job on the basis of the constitution.

Gersdorf has defied a new law that forces her into early retirement and has called on the EU to defend her country’s judiciary from government interference.

“Mr. President will take this decision by midnight today,” Duda spokesman Blazej Spychalski told private radio RMF FM.

However, Mucha later said the president would not name a new head of the court, adding that in his view this would mean that the longest-serving head of the Supreme Court chamber, Dariusz Zawistowski, 59, would become acting head of the Supreme Court.

The opposition has accused Duda of creating chaos aimed at helping PiS to take over the Supreme Court, as it did in the Constitutional Tribunal in 2016.

“It is not about improving the speed and quality of cases being judged, because the main aim of what PiS is doing is to block the Supreme Court and install duplicate judges there,” Borys Budka, opposition Civic Platform (PO) party deputy, told private broadcaster TVN24.

The Supreme Court has ruled that any changes in the body should be put on hold until the European Court of Justice (ECJ) answers its question whether the way Poland nominates members of the body that recommends judges is in line with the EU law, but PiS regarded this decision as not valid.

The EU has launched a punitive procedure against Warsaw over the reforms, which the ruling party says are needed to free the judiciary of communist-era thinking and practices.


Tensions over new Polish Supreme Court law

Małgorzata Gersdorf arrived at Poland’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, claiming that a new law cannot change her constitutional term as its president, but a senior government official insisted she was now retired.


Deputy Justice Minister Michał Wójcik said that “no one can stop” Gersdorf from going to the court, but added that “she cannot take any action on behalf of the Supreme court” because it would be “against the rules”.

On July 4, a new law regulating the Supreme Court came into effect, setting a retirement age of 65 for judges. Under the law, judges at or over that age can ask the Polish president to allow them to continue to serve, but Gersdorf, who turned 65 a few months ago, refused to do so.

Gersdorf insisted she will preside over the Supreme Court until 2020. She has previously said that Poland’s new law on the Supreme Court could not take precedence over the constitution.

According to a Supreme Court spokesman, Gersdorf cut short a holiday to return to work on Wednesday.

Asked by journalists why she had returned, she said, cited by the PAP news agency, that she came back because of the “new law on the Supreme Court and an attack on judge Józef Iwulski”.

Iwulski came under fire by Polish media after stepping into the role of the court’s president on July 4, when Gersdorf took a holiday, the same day the new Supreme Court law entered into effect.

According to media reports, Iwulski has admitted to being on a panel of judges that convicted oppositionists during the Martial Law period of Poland’s communist era.

Iwulski said that, in at least one case, he had disagreed with the panel’s verdict, according to media reports.

Gersdorf defended Iwulski, saying that he would have risked jail time if he had not ruled in communist-era political trials.

The constitution – the highest law in Poland – says that the head of the Supreme Court is selected for a six-year term. Gersdorf was appointed to the role in 2014.

But the constitution also says that parliament can, by passing an ordinary law, set the age at which judges retire.

Earlier this month, the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm launched a procedure against Warsaw over its reform of the Supreme Court, saying that it undermined “the principle of judicial independence, including the irremovability of judges”.

The move followed the European Commission last December taking the unprecedented step of triggering Article 7 of the EU Treaty against Poland, stepping up pressure on Warsaw over judicial reforms and possibly paving the way for sanctions being imposed on Poland.

But Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, which came to power in late 2015, has said that sweeping changes were needed to reform an inefficient and sometimes corrupt judicial system tainted by the communist past, accusing judges of being an elite, self-serving clique often out of touch with the problems of ordinary citizens. (vb/pk)



Hundreds reenact 1410 Battle of Grunwald in northern Poland

Hundreds of enthusiasts from across Europe and beyond have flocked to northern Poland over the weekend for an annual reenactment of the 1410 Battle of Grunwald, one of the biggest battles of mediaeval Europe.


Some 1,300 reenactors wearing historical costumes on Saturday staged the famous battle in the Fields of Grunwald for the 21st time, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.

Sunday marks exactly 608 years since allied Polish and Lithuanian forces crushed the Knights of the Teutonic Order in what is considered to be one of the most glorious and significant military victories in Polish history.

Fought on July 15, 1410, the Battle of Grunwald saw Polish King Władysław Jagiełło and his army of allied forces defeat the war machine of the Teutonic Knights, which had previously been regarded as invincible.

Saturday’s reenactment, which attracted around 15,000 spectators, featured actors on horseback as well as foot, sporting heavy armour and playing the parts of knights, squires and archers on both sides.

As every year, highlights included the staging of a scene in which two bare swords were handed to King Jagiełło by Teutonic heralds before the battle and the death of Teutonic Grandmaster Ulrich von Jungingen, a key point in the battle.


History enthusiasts from countries including Hungary, Ukraine and Germany took part in this year’s event, alongside Polish reenactors, PAP reported. There was also a group of first-timers from South Africa, according to the news agency.

As in previous years, the main part of the show began with the singing of the powerful medieval anthem Bogurodzica (Mother of God), which the Polish knights intoned before the battle more than six centuries ago, public broadcaster TVP Info reported.



Poland remembers victims of massacres by Ukrainians

Poland on Wednesday marked its National Day of Remembrance of Victims of Genocide by Ukrainian nationalists against Poles during World War II.

Commemorations started with a Catholic church service at the Field Cathedral of the Polish Army in Warsaw.

Participants in the day’s events, among them the prime minister and Speakers of both houses of the Polish parliament, placed wreaths and lit candles at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Polish capital.

It was the second time Poland marked the national day after it was instituted in 2016.

It commemorates the victims of genocidal killings, known as the Volhynia Massacres, which were carried out between March 1943 and the end of 1944 by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) in Nazi German-occupied Poland, according to Poland’s National Institute of Remembrance (IPN).

The massacres were part of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army’s plan to have a sovereign and nationally homogenous Ukraine after the war.

The IPN, which is charged with prosecuting crimes against the Polish nation, has said some 100,000 Poles died in the massacres, mainly women and children as men had already been subjected to mass deportations and repressions both by Soviet and Nazi authorities by the time the massacres started.

Meanwhile, some 10-12,000 Ukrainians were killed in revenge attacks by Poles, the IPN has said. Poland’s IAR news agency added that some Ukrainians were killed by Poles acting in self-defence, and by other Ukrainians, in retribution for their attempts to help Poles.

The national day of remembrance coincides with the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, 11 July 1943, possibly the bloodiest day of the Volhynia Massacres, when the UPA attacked 100 villages largely inhabited by Poles in what was then Nazi-occupied eastern Poland and is now western Ukraine. (vb/pk)

Source: IAR



Record drug bust for Polish cops

Polish police have busted an international drug ring, intercepting a transport of 500kg of ingredients used in amphetamine production as well as three tonnes of hash, Deputy Interior Minister Jarosław Zieliński said on Wednesday.


Zieliński said that the seized goods, which came from China and Pakistan, were worth up to PLN 60 million and the drugs they could be used to produce could have a street value of PLN 100 million.

In the largest operation in recent history, police stopped “nearly 30 million doses” from “reaching youth”, Zieliński said.

Police chief Jarosław Szymczyk said the transport of drugs from Pakistan was intercepted at the port of Gdynia in Poland’s north. It was hidden in a consignment labelled as bedding.

The product in that consignment could have been used to produce some 250 kilograms of pure amphetamine, Szymczak said.

According to police, five of at least six people suspected of drug trafficking and organised crime were arrested.

The Polish police operation was supported by the US Drug Enforcement Administration and Pakistan’s Anti-Narcotics Force. (vb)

Source: PAP



Polish allied health professionals protest for better pay

According to Monika Mazur of the National Radiotherapy Technicians Trade Union, the government failed to increase spending on healthcare, and hospital wait lists have gotten longer instead of shorter.

She said lab technicians, physiotherapists, psychologists, paramedics and nurses were protesting because “we feel cheated that the minister is not holding a dialogue with all medical professionals, just resident doctors”.

Polish Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski denied claims that he had neglected other medical professions.

He has been in talks with resident doctors since taking over the ministry early this year after his predecessor was sacked following a resident doctors’ protest, which included a hunger strike, late last year. The striking doctors had been supported by other medical professionals.

Szumowski, who on Friday attended a medical conference entitled “The medical national interest”, said healthcare spending will increase from about 4.7 percent of GBP in 2018 to six percent by 2024, “which is a big burden on the budget as it is”.

The protesters want healthcare spending hiked to 6.8 percent within three years, as well as better pay and conditions. (vb)

Source: IAR



Polish PM encourages small firms to think big



Speaking at an innovation conference in the northern city of Gdynia, Mateusz Morawiecki encouraged owners of small and medium-sized companies nationwide to grow their business and venture abroad.

He told those gathered at the conference that Poland was “not afraid of innovation” and that it aimed to become a hi-tech economy and an exporter of advanced technology in the future.

Almost 500 politicians, local government officials and experts have gathered in Gdynia, on Poland’s Baltic coast, for two days of debate about the economy at a conference billed as the Vision for Development Forum, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

The conference aimed to explore business opportunities in sectors such as transportation, electric carsand construction.


Source: IAR


Poland to pump extra funds into public health care

Poland’s health minister said on Wednesday the country would pump an additional PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 350m, USD 413m) into public health care as the government aims to cut queues for treatment.

Łukasz Szumowski said that improving patients’ access to specialists was one of the government’s priorities.

The extra funding will be used for medical procedures including cataract surgery, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans, and for treating disabled people, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.


Source: PAP



Poland aims to crack down on designer drugs

Poland’s health minister has said legal changes are being planned to help crack down on designer drugs.

Around a dozen people aged 14 to 30 from the north-western town of Trzebiatów were taken to hospitals at the beginning of this week after they showed symptoms of ingesting psychoactive drugs. Some of them were in a serious condition.

An 18-year-old was on Wednesday charged with selling harmful psychoactive substances.

Poland currently bans the possession and production of 38 such substances without permission.

“The problem is that manufacturers of dangerous substances can evade [the law] very easily by introducing small changes in the composition and devising new names,” said Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski.


Source: PAP



Bay of Gdańsk safe for swimmers after sewage scare: official

“The danger period is over,” said Provincial Sanitary Inspector Tomasz Augustyniak.

He added that checks would continue to be carried out in the Bay of Gdańsk.

Thousands of tonnes of untreated sewage were dumped into the Motława River and the bay after pumps broke down as a result of flooding at a sewage pumping station in the northern Polish city of Gdańsk in mid-May, according to reports.

Local sanitary inspectors said at the time that preliminary checks in the Bay of Gdańsk had indicated that acceptable pollution levels may have been exceeded.

Sewage was discharged directly to the Motława River as an emergency measure designed to prevent Gdańsk from being flooded by a blocked-up sewer system, the PAP news agency reported.


Source: IAR




Poland ends UN Security Council presidency

Thursday marked the final day of Poland’s rotating presidency of the 15-member Council, the PAP news agency reported.

According to the foreign ministry in Warsaw, the high point of the Polish presidency, which began on May 1, was a high-level debate on the role of the UN Security Council in upholding international law.

The May 17 debate in New York was chaired by Polish President Andrzej Duda, who said that international law was fundamental to world order.

The Polish head of state also said there can be no peace without law and that “international law remains the strongest tool for civilised nations to ensure long-term peace.”

On May 22, Poland organised another high-level UN Security Council debate on protecting civilians in armed conflicts. During the debate, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said that Ukraine was still a target of military aggression and that its territory continued to be illegally occupied.

Czaputowicz on May 29 presided over a UN Security Council briefing on developments in Ukraine. The top Polish diplomat delivered a speech during the meeting in New York in which he called for international peacekeeping forces to be sent to Ukraine, according to public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency.

Poland on January 1 became a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term that ends on December 31, 2019.


Source: PAP



Polish war hero Pilecki embodied fight for national freedom: president

Friday marked exactly 70 years since Pilecki was executed in Warsaw after a show trial in which he was found guilty of charges including espionage against Poland’s Soviet-backed communist regime at the time.

At a ceremony in the Polish capital on Friday, Duda laid a wreath at a site where Pilecki was shot dead on May 25, 1948.

Paying tribute to the freedom fighter, Duda said Pilecki “was the embodiment of the most noble attitude that could be imagined” when Poland was occupied by Nazi Germany during World War II and when a Soviet-controlled communist government was installed in Warsaw in the aftermath of the war.

Duda added that Pilecki, who also fought in the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1921, was “a monumental figure, someone who should be an absolute role model for the present and future generations of young Poles … an extremely noble and wonderful man, the epitome of a … soldier fighting steadfastly for a free Poland, a hero.”

Pilecki’s daughter, Zofia Pilecka-Optułowicz, was among those who attended the high-profile ceremony at the Wall of Death in the former Rakowiecka Prison in Warsaw.

Commemorations in Pilecki’s tribute were scheduled to continue in the Polish capital later in the day.

Victim of two totalitarian systems

Pilecki is known as a victim of two totalitarian systems as well as “the Auschwitz volunteer.”

In 1940, he allowed himself to be arrested by the Germans and sent to the Nazi German concentration camp of Auschwitz in order to gain first-hand knowledge of the conditions there.

In his reports from Auschwitz, he wrote about the situation in the camp and German plans to exterminate European Jews.

In 1943, after escaping from Auschwitz, Pilecki reached Warsaw, and a year later fought in the Warsaw Uprising.

After the war he went to Italy and joined the Second Corps, part of the Polish Armed Forces in the West. He was then sent to communist-ruled Poland as an intelligence agent.

He was captured and executed by Poland’s communist authorities three years after the end of World War II, following a show trial in which he was charged, among other things, with espionage for “foreign imperialism” and plans to assassinate several communist security service officials.

His burial place has never been found.

In 1990, he was rehabilitated and in 2008 posthumously awarded the Order of the White Eagle, the highest Polish state decoration. In 2013, he was posthumously promoted to the rank of colonel.

Pilecki’s original 400-page Auschwitz Report was published in the United States in 2012 under the title The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery.