The U.S. ambassador to Poland has become embroiled in the battle between militant homosexual campaigners and traditionalist Catholics after tweeting her support for the gay lobby on Thursday, as anti-Catholic blasphemy by LGBT activists continues to escalate before the fall general elections.
Over 30 town councils in Poland declared themselves "free from LGBT ideology" after anti-Catholic LGBT parades blasphemed the Blessed Sacrament and the icon of the Black Madonna and Warsaw's mayor signed a pro-LGBT declaration in February calling for gay sex education in schools.
"I am disappointed and concerned that some groups use stickers to promote hatred and intolerance," Georgette Mosbacher tweeted, referring to the Gazeta Polska magazine's plan to distribute "LGBT-free zone" stickers in its forthcoming edition on July 24.
The stickers show a Pride flag with a black X mark over it, at the words "LGBT-free zone" in Polish.
"We respect freedom of speech, but we must stand together on the side of values such as diversity and tolerance," Mosbacher added.
Tomasz Sakiewicz, editor of Gazeta Polska, responded that "being an activist in the gay movement does not make anyone more tolerant."
Polish sources told Church Militant that the stickers and resolutions passed by the local authorities are a reaction to "public blasphemous acts of provocation" by LGBT groups over the last two years aimed at traditionalist Catholics.
Hundreds of Catholic protestors attempted to halt an LGBT March of Equality on June 18 at Jasna Góra, fearing that the pro-homosexual demonstration would invade the shrine of icon of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa.
The LGBT marchers profaned the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa by depicting her with a rainbow for a halo and also carried banners combining the national symbol of the eagle with the "gay pride" flag. They chanted: "Rainbow, not national Poland," "sport, health, homosexuality," and "colourful Częstochowa."
Wacław Depo, Archbishop of Częstochowa, said that the city's second LGBT parade, marching under the slogan "Czestochowa Rainbow does not hide" was a "deliberate provocation aimed at children in the whole of Catholic Poland." The march was held on the same day as the traditional pilgrimage of children to Jasna Góra.
On May 25, a pride march profaned the Blessed Sacrament in a mock Corpus Christi procession as costumed women with rainbow haloes around their heads danced around a man dressed as a priest carrying an imitation monstrance of a vagina topped by a gold crown. At least 6,000 people took part in the so-called Equality Parade in Gdańsk.
"You are behaving disgustingly. I am addressing these words to marching in Gdańsk today. You laugh at the Blessed Sacrament, Christian values, despise others, and at the same time demand powerful privileges for yourself, being oversensitive on your own. Terrible.," tweeted Fr. Daniel Wachowiak from the Archdiocese of Poznańska.
In April, lesbian activist Elżbieta Podleśna, 51, pasted blasphemous posters of the icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa with a rainbow halo, on walls, garbage bins and toilets near St. Dominik's church in the city of Płock in central Poland.
Police raided Podleśna's house on May 6 and found the offensive posters. The police arrested and detained the activist for several hours, and confiscated her electronic equipment, including laptop, phone and memory cards. She was charged with "offending religious beliefs."
Deputy Justice Minister Patryk Jaki called the posters part of a campaign to "humiliate Catholics" and said it has to be stopped. Amnesty International is defending Podleśna, who faces two years in prison if found guilty.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, also defendedPodlesna calling for Poland to become a "libertarian democracy" and dismissed her blasphemous actions saying: "I cannot think of it in my head."
During Holy Week, LGBT activists pasted stickers with the rainbow Mother of God on the walls of the sanctuary of Saint Faustina and the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy at Żytnia Street in Warsaw.
Meanwhile, the local council of Swidnik passed a motion to reject the spread of "LGBT ideology" in homes, schools and workplaces, after Warsaw's mayor Rafał Trzaskowski issued his declaration promising to teach primary school children about homosexuality along World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.
Swidnik councillor Radoslaw Brzozka said his town issued its anti-LGBT statement in response to Warsaw's declaration, which was "against good moral values."
"Let children have a father and a mother, not such deviations. Otherwise there will be fewer and fewer children, and Poland will shrink," 83-year-old Teresa Drzewiecka, who witnessed Nazis and Communists battling for control of her town Swidnik, told Reuters.
The southern city of Lublin, which has also passed a similar resolution, recently gave awards to local officials who have opposed, "LGBT ideology, which goes against the family, the nation and the Polish state."
"We will not have access to school for shock-seekers interested in early sexualisation of children; we will not capitulate to political correctness (rightly called homopropaganda)," writes the conservative newspaperGazeta Polska.
"We must defend national culture against ‘anti-civilization and anti-culture.' This decision will protect our children against sexual addiction," warned councillor Ignacy Czeżyk (PiS) from Puławy, a city in eastern Poland. "It is a moral declaration," said mayor of the Lesser Poland commune Lipnik Czesław Rakoczy.
Archbishop Gądecki, Chairman of the Polish Episcopal Conference, noted that profanation during the LGBT Pride marches was on the rise.
"The official reason for organising [the] marches is concern for greater tolerance in society," he said. "Meanwhile they become a place of obscene displays as well as an opportunity to show contempt for Christianity, including parodies of liturgy of the Eucharist, and to incite hatred towards the Church and clergy."
Paweł Rabiej, deputy mayor of Warsaw, said he had filed a complaint about the "LGBT free zone" stickers to the prosecutor's office.
Last month, Ambassador Mosbacher was criticised after tweeting her support for 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. "Today is the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of riots against discrimination of sexual minorities at the Stonewall Inn Greenwich Village in New York, which gave rise to the LGBTQ movement. These events remind us of the importance of equality, freedom and tolerance," she tweeted.
As elections approach, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) is warning that LGBT rights is "a foreign import" that threatens Polish traditional values. He has repeatedly urged Polish citizens to vote for "the only party that gives a 100% guarantee that our values will be protected."
(Originally published in Church Militant. To comment on this piece, click here)
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