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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!
16 February 2021
Religion and the Danger of Division

Rousseau distinguished between the collective and the general will. A collective will is the opportune matching of individual wills that are matched or connected for their own interests. The common will, however, is a focus on the common good. Neglecting the common will and relying solely on the achievement of the collective will, the West […]

9 February 2021
On the importance of religiosity during a pandemic

At the end of November 2020, Croatia introduced more rigorous measures in response to the growing number of COVID-19 patients and the number of deaths. Among the measures, closing all cafes and restaurants stand out. The measures also apply to church gatherings to celebrate Holy Mass, allowing gatherings of up to 25 people. Acknowledging how […]

26 January 2021
Do you know how to recognize microaggressions directed at believers?

"You Catholics all think the same.“ "In the TV show, the host says: Even God agrees with me, the audience and the polls that this is the best middle-class car in 2020!'” "Believers are fundamentalists and against science." "How can believers in Poland and Croatia be victims of prejudice and bias on the ground of […]

12 January 2021
How to settle unsolvable disputes

Along with the judgment on the so-called eugenic abortion by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, the dispute over this delicate matter flared up again. The temperature of the debate should not come as a surprise as we are dealing with a conflict of fundamental human rights – the right to respect for women's private and family […]

5 January 2021
How to draw reliable information from the media? A practical guide

The opinion-forming role of the media in a democratic society is so great that it is used to being called the “fourth power”. The information activity of the media—while maintaining the independence guaranteed by the national and international law—serves as a tool for social control of the authorities. The importance of free media for the […]

18 December 2020
Is everything allowed to art? Recent cases of attacks on religion in contemporary culture

For some time now, there has been a social polemic about whether art can use means that offend believers, their symbols and values, whether it give the artist unlimited freedom of expression and therefore, in the name of this freedom, they         has the right, for example, to ridicule the symbols of the followers of religion, […]

15 December 2020
Religion and Freedom

I crave freedom above all else! Give me around me wide, open space, So I may kneel low in front of You And to pay homage even lower. Leopold Staff: Freedom   When observing the world of religion, one may wrongly assume that freedom is not a religious category. This conclusion is largely due to […]

1 December 2020
The judgment of the Constitutional Tribunal of 22 October 2020: reactions and perspectives

“This is not a full-fledged decision of the Tribunal, but an arbitrary opinion of the majority of the panel chaired by Julia Przyłębska”, “the judgment must be declared as non-existent due to the improper appointment of the Tribunal in which the so-called doubles were sitting”, or in a more emphatic way: “unconstitutional decision”, “violation of […]

19 November 2020
Freedom of religion in Polish law. Part 2. Civil law

We have already discussed the provisions of the criminal law that protect the freedom of conscience and religion. This time we will check what protection of religious freedom is provided by civil law. Religious freedom is protected by civil law as a personal good. The Civil Code itself does not contain a definition of personal […]

4 November 2020
The new law - the old law, namely about the pandemic, protection of life and religious freedom

For more than half a year, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its effects on social and economic life has been the number one social topic. In the past week, however, the attention of the public was drawn to another issue - the issue concerning the protection of conceived life. On October 22, the Constitutional Court […]

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