The SP encourages support for a civic project to punish public abuse or mockery of the church

Solidarna Polska sets up a legislative committee “in defense of the freedom of Christians” and encourages the signing of a draft civilian amendment to the penal code, which would punish “public insults or mockery” of the church or religious association, so party politicians announced on Friday.

In the spring, the Sejm received a draft amendment to the Criminal Code of Solidarna Polska, according to which “anyone who publicly insults or mocks the Church or any other religious association with a regulated legal situation, its dogmas and rituals, will be punished.” with a maximum of 2 years imprisonment.

On Friday, party politicians Marcin Warchoł and Jacek Ozdoba announced at a press conference that because the bill was not supported by PiS, they would like to submit the draft amendment to the Criminal Code in this matter to the Sejm as a civil matter.

“As Solidarna Polska, we have created a project and today we sign about 2000 signatures of citizens, which we have already collected in the framework of this project” – said MP from the SP, deputy head of MS Marcin Warchoł at a press conference in the Sejm . He added that Solidarna Polska therefore set up a legislative committee “in defense of the freedom of Christians” and encouraged everyone, believers and non-believers, to join this initiative, because this law protects the right to confession protects. views, beliefs and freedom of conscience”.

“We are waiting for the commission to be registered by the Marshal of the Sejm, and then the three-month period for collecting 100,000 signatures will begin,” he said.

“There can be no situation where, under the guise of fine slogans, there are tolerance, slogans or disdainful activities, which we witness, for example, in the Seym or in public places, where the atmosphere that is very important to us Catholics, and a place of worship is religiously violated, that is the church “- said Jacek Ozdoba, Deputy Minister of Climate and Environment.

In response to the PAP’s question as to why Solidarna Polska is submitting this bill as a citizen, not as an MP or Ministry of Justice, MP Warchoł replied: “Unfortunately, to our sadness, PiS has not supported our project, which we have prepared as a parliamentary bill”. He added that Marek Ast, chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Rights, “expressed his lack of interest in this project, as the existing regulations are sufficient to protect Christians.” “We do not agree with this. We believe that they are insufficient” – said Warchoł.

To justify such a position, the deputy minister of justice referred to the Friday sentence of the Pozna court, in which Marek M. was acquitted, among other things, of the accused for calling for the murder of the archbishop. Marek Jedraszewski. The suspect would – according to the OM – simulate that he cut the throat of a preacher during his performance as a drag queen. “The court cannot act as a critic, let alone an art censor” – emphasized in the motivation of the verdict.

In Warchoł’s view, such a decision by the Pozna court, as well as – as he said – could include “prosecution of an IKEA employee for expressing his religious views are examples showing that the current law is inadequate”. “The current law even incites aggression, and verbal aggression on the Internet invokes physical aggression” – he argued.

In her project, Solidarna Polska proposes Art. 27a, according to which “commit no crime, which expresses the belief, judgment or opinion related to the religion professed by a church or other religious association with a regulated legal situation, if this does not constitute a prohibited act against the freedom of conscience and religion or public provocation to commit a crime or praise for his commission.”

In addition, the draft proposes amendments to art. 195 and 196 of the Criminal Code.

Currently, Article 195 of the Criminal Code provides for a prison sentence of up to 2 years for maliciously interfering in the public performance of a religious act of a church or other regulated religious organization, funeral, mourning ceremonies or rituals. Solidarna Polska proposes that Art. 195 pc by deleting the word “malicious”.

Another change concerns the art. 196 PC, which now reads: “Whoever insults other people’s religious feelings by insulting in public an object of religious worship or a place intended for the public performance of religious rites in public will be punished by a fine, restriction of liberty or imprisonment of a maximum of 2 years”.

Solidarna Polska wants this article to read as follows: “Whoever publicly insults or mocks the Church or any other religious association with a regulated legal situation, its dogmas and rituals will be subject to a fine, restriction of freedom or imprisonment of up to 2 years”. The same punishment would be imposed on anyone who “publicly insults an object of religious worship or a place intended for the public performance of religious rites”.

Under the constitution, a legislative initiative rests with a group of at least 100,000 citizens who have the right to vote for the Sejm. The regulations stipulate that after collecting 1000 signatures in support of the bill, the representative of the legislative initiative committee informs the Marshal of the Sejm about the creation of the committee. If the notification meets the conditions specified in the Act on the Exercise of a Legislative Initiative by Citizens, the Marshal of the Sejm decides to accept the notification within 14 days of receiving the notification.

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