(WARSAW, Poland) — Polish President Andrzej Duda accused the LGBT rights motion Saturday of selling a viewpoint extra dangerous than communism and mentioned he agreed with one other conservative politician who said that “LGBT just isn’t individuals, it’s an ideology.”
Duda made his feedback within the small southwestern city of Brzeg as he campaigns for reelection in Poland, a predominantly Catholic nation that spent greater than 4 many years below communist governments.
Homosexual rights is rising as a key marketing campaign theme within the presidential election because the race grows shut between Duda, backed by the nationalist conservative ruling social gathering, and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who has referred to as for tolerance for gays and lesbians.
Duda, who’s 48, advised his supporters that his mother and father’ technology didn’t wrestle to solid off communism solely to now settle for “an ideology” that he thinks “is much more damaging to the human being.”
The president mentioned that in Poland’s communist period, regimes ensured survival by indoctrinating the youngest technology.
“That was Bolshevism. It was the ideologizing of kids,” he mentioned. “At present, there are additionally makes an attempt to push an ideology on us and our youngsters, however totally different. It’s completely new, however additionally it is neo-Bolshevism.”
Earlier within the week, Duda signed a declaration drafted for the said objective of serving to households that included language on “defending youngsters from LGBT ideology” with a ban on “propagating LGBT ideology in public establishments.”
Many conservative politicians in Poland say they aren’t in opposition to homosexual males and lesbians as people, however insist they oppose the targets of a civil rights motion they declare is imported from overseas and threatens to sexualize younger individuals.
However homosexual and lesbian Poles and liberal Poles say authorities officers are adopting a language of dehumanization. They imagine Duda and others are focusing on homosexuals to curry favor with the highly effective Catholic church — which faces allegations of overlaying up clerical abuse — and shore up help amongst conservative voters forward of the election.
Some analysts additionally suspect that Duda and the governing Legislation and Justice social gathering are making a bid for far-right voters who will principally help the candidate of a smaller social gathering, Confederation, within the election’s first spherical however whose votes can be up for grabs in a runoff.
The election is scheduled for June 28, with a second spherical that includes the 2 prime candidates two weeks afterward July 12 if not one of the contenders wins a minimum of 50% outright. Whereas there are actually 10 candidates within the race, polls predict a runoff between Duda and Trzaskowski, who belongs to the centrist and pro-European Union Civic Platform social gathering.
In latest days, a string of outstanding conservative politicians have spoken out about “LGBT ideology.” The deputy head of the governing social gathering, Joachim Brudzinski, wrote Thursday on Twitter that “Poland with out LGBT is most stunning.” His tweet included a picture of Jesus and eggs in a chicken nest — a chicken household “realizing God’s plan,” he mentioned.
Requested concerning the tweet at a Friday rally, presidential challenger Trzaskowski mentioned: “In the event you use the phrases ‘Poland with out somebody’ — and it doesn’t matter who — that’s dividing Poles, and we now have had sufficient of dividing Poles.”
“I believe anybody who makes use of this type of language can pay a political worth,” Trzaskowski mentioned.
One other conservative lawmaker obtained kicked off air in the course of a Friday interview with personal broadcaster TVN for saying “LGBT just isn’t individuals, it’s an ideology.”
Duda mentioned on the rally that he agreed with that concept.
“They’re making an attempt to persuade us that they’re individuals, however that is an ideology,” Duda mentioned to applause and chants of “Andrzej Duda!”