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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!
23 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 […]

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 […]

17 November 2020
Who remains silent in the Poland uproar?

Last Sunday synchronized attacks on church institutions started across Poland, motivated by a recent decision by the Polish Constitutional Court and a ban on killing unborn children with certain malfunctions. Activists of various profiles targeted churches, monuments of saints and other buildings associated with the Catholic Church by writing derogatory slogans. Yet what is even […]

31 October 2020
Let's seek a wider perspective

Violent social reactions, which occurred in a part of the society after the Constitutional Tribunal had announced the unconstitutionality of abortion for eugenic premises, have showed a deep ideological division of Polish society in the issues of protection of the unborns’ lives. Meanwhile, on October 22, 2020, the Constitutional Tribunal stating that the provisions of […]

20 October 2020
What about school? Freedom of religion and upbringing and education

Religious education at home, religious education at school - for some this issues are obvious, for others controversial. How are these matters regulated by Polish law and what scope of freedom does it assign to children, parents and teachers? The parents' right to bring up their children in accordance with their own religious and philosophical […]

16 October 2020
Instead of ideological attacks on religions – disputes full of ideas!

The word "ideology" is often used in public discourse, explaining the intensity of social controversies when religious symbols are attacked, when someone offends, parodies and interrupts religious celebrations. Ideology is manifested in limiting statements, narrowing down the possibilities of expressing religiosity justified by the existence of "neutral fields" (the essence of secularism), to which religious […]

6 October 2020
Freedom of religion in Polish law

Part 1. Criminal law   We so often refer to Art. 53 of the Constitution, that there is probably no need to recall that it constitutes the basic guarantee of religious freedom in the Polish state. But how is this provision supported by other legal acts? The Penal Code (the Polish Criminal Code) includes 3 […]

1 October 2020
Bosnia and Herzegovina – an example to Europe of how much religious freedom means

The dead pig was thrown into the harem of the City Mosque in Bratunac on the first day of the New Hijri in 1442, which was celebrated in August 2020. The main imam of the Majlis of the Islamic Community of Bratunac, Elvir-ef. Hodžić pointed out that this is not a coincidence because it is […]

16 September 2020
Hostility towards religion in the modern world

Hostility towards religion in the modern world   Many international organizations almost every day provide information about the bloody forms of persecution of Christians in many countries of the world. This is happening in Asia, in the Middle East, but also in Africa and, recently, in Latin America. In the latter, for example in Nicaragua, […]

14 September 2020
John Paul II and the dialogue of the Church with atheism

In order to understand the nature and forms of John Paul II's dialogue with atheism, it is necessary to take into account the circumstances in which it was conducted. Despair and discouragement ran in the „veins” of post-war mankind. It seemed that atheism would soon lead to the death of religion, as Marxist currents proclaimed […]

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