Signatures under the initiative “In defense of the freedom of Christians”


Monday 11 July 2022 (14:44)

Update: Monday 11 July 2022 (15:01)

Collecting signatures for the “In Defense of Christians’ Freedom” project is very popular.

In the first two days of collecting signatures for the civilian project “In Defense of Christians’ Freedom”, the initiative was supported by about 10 thousand people. people – he inquired
on Monday Michał Wójcik, the vice president of Solidarna Polska. It’s 10 percent. the number of signatures required to submit an invoice to the Sejm.

– There is great interest in this promotion; people say,
that they were waiting for such an initiative. Christians shouldn’t do that
to step back in this situation, Michał Wójcik said when asked about the Solidarity Poland campaign at today’s press conference in Mysłowice.

Last week, the Marshal of the Sejm, Elżbieta Witek, formally registered the committee of the citizens’ initiative “In defense of Christians and the faithful”, founded on the inspiration of Solidarna Polska. From that moment on, the initiators of the proposal to amend the Criminal Code
3 months to collect 100 thousand. signatures. The collection started on Saturday.

– We started collecting signatures after the citizens’ initiative to change the law to make it more transparent […]† that there are no vague words in the Criminal Code; that for us – as people who want to exercise freedom of religion, someone would not brutally violate this freedom – said the Vice-President of Solidarna Polska.

As he assessed, “the magnitude of incidents has increased significantly in recent years compared to many years ago, even before 2015”.

– We recognize everyone’s freedom, but neither can my freedom be violated by someone who
uses his liberty – then it is not proper use, in accordance with the law. That’s why we’re changing these regulations and taking this action. We need to collect 100,000. within three months
– noted Mikołaj Wójcik.

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

Since that project was not supported by PiS, Solidarna Polska announced that it would submit a civil amendment proposal in this matter. Work is currently underway to collect signatures for this initiative.

As reported in June by the leaders of Solidarity Poland,
the draft proposes changes to art. 195 and 196 of the Criminal Code. Currently, Article 195 of the Criminal Code provides for a prison sentence of 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: “Anyone who 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 shall be subject to 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 penalty would be imposed on “anyone who publicly insults an object of religious worship or a place intended for the public performance of religious rites”.

At the same time, art. 27a, according to which “anyone who expresses a condemnation, assessment or opinion with regard to the professed religion proclaimed by the Church shall not commit a crime
or any other religious association with a regulated legal situation, if this does not constitute a prohibited act against freedom of conscience and religion or incite the public to commit a crime or praise its mandate”.

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