In a recent campaign speech, Polish President Andrzej Duda has called the promotion of LGBT+ rights an “ideology” more destructive than communism. Duda is an ally for the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party, and he is seeking re-election on 28 June.
He stated that his parents’ generation had struggled against communist ideology for 40 years and “they didn't fight for this so that a new ideology would appear that is even more destructive”.
In an index published early this year, it was mentioned that Poland is the worst-performing country in the EU in terms of LGBT+ rights said the LGBT+ rights group ILGA-Europe.
Speaking to supporters in Brzeg, southwestern Poland, Mr. Duda said “parents are responsible for the sexual education of their children,” and “it is not possible for any institutions to interfere in the way parents raise their children”.
On June 10th he signed a “Family Charter” of election proposals, including pledges to prevent gay couples from marrying or adopting children and to ban teaching about LGBT+ issues in schools.
As ‘BBC’ reports, one of his chief rivals, liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski of the centre-right Civic Platform (PO) party, has been criticised by religious conservatives for allowing discussion of LGBT+ issues in Warsaw schools. The election is likely to go to a second-round runoff vote.
In his speech in Brzeg, Mr Duda said “this is not why my parents' generation for 40 years struggled to expel communist ideology from schools, so that it could not be foisted on children, could not brainwash and indoctrinate them…
“They did not fight so that we would now accept that another ideology, even more destructive to man, would come along, an ideology which under the clichés of respect and tolerance hides deep intolerance.”
Rival candidate Robert Biedron of the Left party - an LGBT rights activist - called Mr Duda's Family Charter “a radical document which divides Polish society, introducing standards reminiscent of the most brutal... times of Polish and European history.”
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