Collecting signatures under the draft Civil Criminal Code amendments by Solidarna Polska under the name “In Defense of Christians’ Freedom” is underway, which would sanction “public defamation or mockery” of the church or religious association.
fr. Prof. Cisło said that research by the Religious Freedom Monitoring Center shows that priests and laity are increasingly facing aggression because of their faith or desecration of places of worship and religious symbols.
According to the head of the Polish military contingent, tendencies that can be described as ‘Christianophobia’ are growing across Europe. “During the Black Protests we saw that the desecration of churches or the disruption of services began to be seen as something good and justified. And yet such behavior has been strongly condemned. This project is a response to this climate” – he estimated.
As indicated “it is an attempt to create a culture of acceptance for anything that is against tradition or the Catholic Church”. “We are against it because we are a tolerant society. Poland has had tolerance for other religions or atheists for several centuries and we, as Christians, also demand tolerance for our holiness” – he explained.
“There comes a time when you have to stop. This project is good because it can make people aware of the high level of aggression against Christian beliefs, places of worship and symbols. We must not allow cultural barbarism” – he judged.
The head of the PKWP also referred to the planned change in the wording of art. 195 PC, which provides for a sentence of 2 years imprisonment for maliciously interfering in the public performance of a religious act of the church or other religious association with a regulated situation, funeral, mourning ceremonies or rites, consisting in the deletion of the word “malicious”.
“Unfortunately, we often come across interpretations of the law that discriminate against Christians. For example, the desecration of a synagogue or a mosque provokes a harsh response from all media. Desecrating a church is often referred to as “freedom of speech.” , the more explicit the law is, the less room it leaves for interpretation. the better “
According to Fr. Prof. Cisło, Catholics do not demand “special privileges”. “The point is that the places of worship of all religions should be protected equally,” he added.
The head of the Polish branch of the PKWP also referred to the position of the Lublin Curia press spokesman, Fr. Adam Jaszcz, according to whom “the mission of priests should be to appeal to the human conscience and not to demand harsher punishments for people who have been seduced by an atmosphere of hatred of the Church.”
“This is a very good statement, but for a dialogue to exist, you need openness and goodwill on both sides. And if we’re dealing with someone who doesn’t want to talk about the merits, changes in the law are needed.”
– He said.
As the leaders of Solidarity Poland informed in June, 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: “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 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 insults or mocks the church or any other religious association with a regulated legal situation in public will be punished with a fine, restriction of freedom or imprisonment of up to 2 years for its dogmas and rituals. “. 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”.
At the same time, art. 27a, according to which “does not commit a crime, which expresses a belief, judgment or opinion with regard to a religion preached by the church or other religious association with a regulated legal situation, if this does not constitute a prohibited act contrary to the freedom of conscience and religion or public solicitation to commit a crime or to praise one’s commitments”.
Source: PAP, niezalezna.pl