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Some reality needs injecting to those who think they care for human rights
When complaining of human rights abuses, it is wise to ensure that there is a human rights abuse to complain about, and if there is, exactly what it is.
In July 2019, the Polish government passed a law allowing local administrators to ban LGBT ideology.
They did this after public marches depicting quite graphically what the ‘LGB’ part stood for, as well as distribution of literature promoting young children to transition their sexuality and promotion of homosexuality. These things are illegal in many Western nations but Poland has tried to be more liberal.
Note that despite the heading of this article — which mimics a lot of the attention on this matter — Poland has not banned LGBT people, nor has it taken any steps towards outlawing them. What it has done is allow local administrators (‘mayors’ if you like) to ban LGBT ideology in the area they are responsible for.
Paweł Jabłoński, an adviser to the Prime Minister, publicly stated that the declarations of “LGBT-ideology-free” had “no actual meaning in terms of regulations”. There is no punishment attached, just a public announcement that promotion of alternate sexuality is not wanted. Tolerance of it happening in private can be expected to be enforced, as before.
The UK’s Independent paper has described this in terms of “The scene reflected a growing tension in this country – between a burgeoning rights movement and a conservative backlash.” What the author fails to take into account is that the majority have rights, just as the minority do. Tolerance goes both ways.
The editor of a Polish paper summed it up well when a foreign ambassador felt it was his right to criticise his host country, tweeting “We respect freedom of speech, but we must stand together on the side of values such as diversity and tolerance.”
Freedom means that I respect your views and you respect mine. We oppose only the imposition of views by force. Being a gay movement activist does not make anyone more tolerant.Tomasz Sakiewicz
Editor-in-chief of Gazeta Polska
If heterosexuals were parading around displaying their sexuality, and pushing leaflets at people in the streets about their preferred kind of sex, there can be little doubt that the Polish government would move even faster and harder to outlaw it.
As it is, the behaviour of the LGBT ideologists in Poland — who can in no way claim to represent everyone who is homosexual, bisexual or transsexual — has at times been reprehensible. Poland’s laws make it clear that they will not put up with Cultural Marxism, feminism, or any such ideology.
Whoever publicly promotes a fascist or other totalitarian system of state or incites hatred based on national, ethnic, race or religious differences or for reason of lack of any religious denomination shall be subject to a fine, the penalty of restriction of liberty or the penalty of deprivation of liberty for a term of up to 2 years.
Article 257.Polish Civil Code, 1997
Whoever publicly insults a group within the population or a particular person because of his national, ethnic, race or religious affiliation or because of his lack of any religious denomination or for these reasons breaches the personal inviolability of another individual shall be subject to the penalty of deprivation of liberty for up to 3 years
Poland is a liberal country, signatory to a wider range of human rights-based agreements than countries like the USA, and will not put up with ideologies that are damaging to its culture and society. LGBT is not banned anywhere in the country. An ideology of a tiny fraction of the population, many who may not actually be LGBT at all (such as commonly happens in Western nations) is being banned from public activities which threaten or insult many people.
Human rights goes two ways. Minorities must not be persecuted (we are all a minority in some way) but there is no reason to parade or promote your sexuality in public. Tolerance for heterosexuals is also important. They also have human rights.
Some of the promotion of LGBT ideology has, unfortunately, been creating problems for LGBT people. Some people can’t tell the difference between someone who has a minority sexuality, someone who keeps going on about it, and someone who may not be a minority sexuality but is willing to use it as an excuse to promote a Marxist-based ideology.
If it were not for the political ideologists who use the ‘LGBT’ label, people with minority sexuality would be having less problems in Poland right now.
Local Law and Justice councillor in the city of Kielce, Piotr Kisiel, 37, rejected accusations that his party was trying to stir up outrage against gay individuals. He said the party was merely reacting to what it considered to be activists’ efforts to enforce their views on heterosexual people.
There is no suggestion that being gay will be outlawed in Poland. Same-sex unions and adoptions by same-sex couples are not legal, nor is there any hint they ever will be.