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The freedom blogosphere is a space for online dialogue and commentary.
Here we publish expert materials, reflections and statements about the protection of freedom of conscience and religion as well as reactions to the current social and political situation. We invite you to read and participate in the discussion!
14 December 2021
Religion and culture in the context of religious freedom in education

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about cultural events inspired by various religious traditions and their presence in public space. Due to the majority of the Roman Catholic religion in Poland, these are mainly associated with Christmas representations (so called „nativity plays”), the organization of Christmas meetings and the temporary presence of symbols […]

7 December 2021
Freedom, democracy and religion

Freedom consists in a constant and eternal Love of God. Baruch Spinoza Democracy and religion Of course, democracy has as many definitions as there are researchers of political thought, and perhaps even politicians themselves. However, it’s the same with religion. It also – as argued Fr. I. M. Bocheński – can’t be defined in the […]

30 November 2021
Yesterday and today. The memory of persecution and religious freedom in Ireland

There’s a curious amnesia in contemporary Ireland about religious persecution. Two anecdotes to illustrate that claim: I was celebrating a wedding in a medieval church in the Irish midlands. The landscape there is dotted with such churches, but this is one of the few that is in use today as a Catholic church. Chatting to […]

9 November 2021
Freedom, nihilism and religion

„The Spirit you received does not make you slaves…” Rom 8:15 1. Concern about freedom When we consider the colloquial meaning of the word „freedom”, we most often (always, maybe?) encounter its apology. We are dealing here with making a universalistic claim against it, and omitting to consider what freedom is it about. Freedom presents […]

28 October 2021
Turbatio sacrorum – Polish edition

On October 25 one year passed from the day, when a wave of social dissatisfaction with the content of the judgment issued by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal on the unconstitutionality of abortion due to genetic defects of the fetus poured through not only Polish streets, but also churches. In one of the churches, during the […]

5 October 2021
Pandemic and religious freedom

Religious freedom is a domain of human life in society. It is something that is given to man by nature, and not by social agreement, at the discretion of the ruler or the majority. For this reason, the moral demands related to religious freedom are of natural law, and thus must be respected and protected […]

14 September 2021
Community, or Freedom in Dialogue with Responsibility

If we try to look at the words contained in the title of this text – freedom and responsibility – it would probably turn out that the status of these two is quite different. While freedom has been and remains a highly valued concept within culture and language, the concept of responsibility is not always […]

31 August 2021
Restrictions on religious freedom in a democratic society

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on November 10, 1948, contains the following words in its preamble: whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and […]

17 August 2021
Cases of Violations of Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in Poland

The activity of the Laboratory of Religious Freedom is to lead to an increase in the level of social awareness in the face of the existence, or even the observed intensification, of violations of the freedom of conscience and religion as well as religious crimes1. One of the statutory activities of the project, aimed at […]

10 August 2021
Will, lawlessness and freedom in religion

Is freedom a God’s mercy or a trap set by the devil? Rev. Józef Tischner 1. Freedom and lawlessness Among the many neglect of contemporary upbringing and teaching, one should point to the will and omissions in its formation. Teaching programs, efforts of parents and teachers are often directed only towards exercising intellect and memory, […]

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