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Polish political party calls for removal of cross from public buildings
Daily Telegraph ^ | 03/07/2011 | Matthew Day

Posted on 03/13/2011 7:50:30 AM PDT by Pyro7480

A new Polish political party has ruffled conservative feathers in the Catholic country with a campaign to have the cross ousted from public buildings.

Supporters of the party want the crosses removed, or hung alongside the Star of David, in an attempt to diminish the power of the Church.

In a clear challenge to the strong and omnipresent influence of the Catholic Church in Poland, members of the Support Janusz Palikot party caused outrage in the city of Szczecin by trying to hang Jewish and Muslim symbols in the town's council chamber alongside the Christian cross, before removing the cross.

Janusz Palikot, the party's leader and founder, has also called for the Star of David, and symbols of other faiths and churches to be hung in the national parliament.

The Christian cross is ubiquitous in government buildings in Poland and hangs from thousands of walls in schools and hospitals across the country.

A maverick politician - who said last week that "Poles have been slaves to the Catholic Church for a 1,000 years" - Mr Palikot argued that under the Polish constitution Poland is officially a secular state and therefore there should be no religious symbols....

His opponents argue that with over 90 per cent of Poles declaring themselves as Catholic, and with the Catholic Church woven into the thread of Polish history and culture, the cross deserves its place on the walls.

No stranger to controversy, Mr Palikot, who once brandished a fake pistol at a press conference, quit the governing centre-right Civic Platform party last year to start his own party, declaring it too socially conservative.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholic; cross; poland

"Smash the Bolshevik"
1 posted on 03/13/2011 7:50:41 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; NYer; Salvation; american colleen; Desdemona; StAthanasiustheGreat; ..

Catholic ping!


2 posted on 03/13/2011 7:52:42 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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To: Pyro7480

“Smash the Bolshevik”

We are all Poles now.


3 posted on 03/13/2011 7:55:26 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman
“We are all Poles now”

When was crosses even allowed in the churches throughout Poland? Oh, yeah, the early 80’s. Didn't seem to last to long ‘najlepszy kumpel’.

4 posted on 03/13/2011 8:02:04 AM PDT by cameraeye (A happy (sometimes sad) kufir!)
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To: Pyro7480
On this new party, from last year....

Liberalism Reborn?

5 posted on 03/13/2011 8:02:07 AM PDT by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: mewzilla

Thanks! “Liberalism,” in the European sense, is more equivalent to “libertarian” here in the States. But looking at that party platform, it really like it’s SPECIFICALLY anti-Catholic.

1. Taking catechism classes out of schools
2. Legal abortion and free birth control
3. State-subsidized in-vitro fertilization
4. Better sex education in schools
5. No public funding for the Church
9. Civil partnerships—for both same-sex and different-sex couples


6 posted on 03/13/2011 8:11:14 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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This shmuck won’t go very far. That’s my prediction.


7 posted on 03/13/2011 8:13:06 AM PDT by khnyny (What exactly is a CDO??)
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To: Pyro7480

Somebody ought to remind that jerkoff about the role the Church played in helping Poland escape the Soviet yoke.

But maybe that group feels nostalgia for the days of the Captive Nations.


8 posted on 03/13/2011 8:18:20 AM PDT by Scanian (i)
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To: khnyny

Yeah, good luck with that!


9 posted on 03/13/2011 8:24:32 AM PDT by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: Pyro7480

As soon as a country gets itself up off the mat, starts to have any kind of comfortable lifestyle that allows ordinary people to spend more than a few seconds a day thinking about any subject other than raw survival, you see this rise in nut-jobs demanding to be put in charge of things.

And ordinary people’s attitude is “yeah, he’s crazy, but hey, we’re a strong country, we can tolerate a few whack-jobs.”

And once they get power, the whack-jobs immediately set to work, dismantling every aspect of civil society that tends to keep other potential whack-jobs, marginal individuals who are kept on the straight-and-narrow by tradition and the fear of opprobrium from their neighbors; every one of these constraining mechanisms is attacked from within. When that’s done, the populations of the insane asylums are set loose.


10 posted on 03/13/2011 8:49:49 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: khnyny

Fringe groups are often fun to watch:
Lyndon Larouche
flat earth
sharia
etc.


11 posted on 03/13/2011 9:31:20 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Pyro7480
Janusz Palikot is a political plankton. He was kicked out from the ruling party the Civic Platform for his scandalous extravagant behavior toward the President. Now he wants to to find a place for himself on the Polish political scene with his strong anti-catholic (anti-christian) rhetoric.

He though he could gather some 10% of voters, however he managed to gain never more than 2% in several recent polls, mainly former officials and operatives of the Communist Party and its Security Service.

Actually, within 5 past years right wing parties that refer to or base their political programs on the teaching of the Catholic Church have always gained 85% of seats or more, both to the Polish parliament as well as to the parliament of the EU.

So, do not worry about Polish Catholicism.

WE STILL STAY FIRM.:-) By the way, soon will you see the Polish Catholic power... on May 1, 2011 on St.Peter's Sqare in the Vatican City. I think you know what I mean. :-)

12 posted on 03/14/2011 11:01:55 AM PDT by Matt_DZ_PL
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