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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!
27 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 […]

13 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 […]

29 September 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

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, there are attacks on churches where believers are […]

8 September 2020
Do not understand? Do not destroy

Vanadalism is the deliberate destruction of someone else's property without an important (e.g. dictated by security reasons) causes. Its effects can be encountered all too often in public space. Every year in Poland there are tens of thousands of acts of damage to property - including sacred objects. Vandalism is a crime! According to Art. 288 […]

3 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 […]

2 September 2020
France on fire - the cultural significance of burning temples

The French Observatory of Religious Heritage reports statistics showing that nine Catholic churches burned down in France in the first seven months of 2020. In 2019, 16 fires were recorded: two cathedrals, 13 churches and abbey (in most cases, traces found at the scene suggest that arson was the cause of the fire). In turn, […]

18 August 2020
The new atheism – a challenge to the modern world

Postmodern atheism is generally seen as "silent", practical atheism, which does not engage in direct polemics with theism. It is atheism that is certain that religion is doomed to extinction in the course of history and it is enough to show a little patience. The so-called new atheism, which does not want to wait anymore, […]

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