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WARSAW, Poland (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Polish president is facing the fight of his — and some say, Poland's — lifetime as he seeks re-election amid intense opposition from leftist forces.
"I am asking you for support because we simply have to survive this ideological hurricane, just as we have survived many more in our history," said President Andrzej Duda at a political rally in Lublin, a city in southeastern Poland.
"We, our family, cannot afford to [succumb to the hurricane], we must protect it with all our strength," he said, referring to the attacks leveled at him and his country both from forces within and outside of Poland. "This is my conviction, and this is my attitude as the President of the Republic of Poland."
"As long as I have enough life and as long as you entrust me with the function of president, I will defend these rights," he promised.
Turning to LGBT activists who came to the rally armed with rainbow flags to oppose him, he said:
"I assure my compatriots who stand here ... under rainbow flags ... I definitely stand under the [Polish] white and red flag, only under the European flag."
With conciliation, he said to the activists, "Although we have different views ... we can [still] respect each other ... listening calmly to each other's arguments."
"But above all," he said, "we all in the Commonwealth have a duty to protect our children and respect the rights of others."
Duda was referring to LGBT content taught to children in schools without parental consent — material, he argues, is intended to misshape their psyche and morality. He said he has been severely criticized both in Western Europe and in Poland for his opposition to such material.
In other forums, Duda has promised upon re-election to prohibit by law the teaching of the LGBT ideology in schools at all levels throughout the country and to promote by any means the "Charter of the Rights of the Family," a document promoting constitutional principles of family protection, marriage, parenthood and motherhood.
Duda appealed to the Poles to remember the words of Pope St. John Paul II, whom he called a "moral authority not only for [Poles], but also for the whole world," paraphrasing the Polish pontiff's views on the sacredness of the family and marriage.
Forces outside Poland see June 28 as a high-stakes election and have been expending significant resources to sway the Polish voters away from Duda.
The Italian newspaper La Bussola Quotidiana reports that LGBT ideology and activism in Poland are "well funded" by two George Soros-sponsored agencies — the Stefan Batory Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.
In addition, large multinational entities including Coca-Cola, Google, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, IBM, Nielsen, Universal and its Ben & Jerry's ice cream brand, Citibank, JP Morgan, MTV and Netflix are lending support to LBGT activists in Poland to turn the tide against Duda, according to the Italian source.
And to ratchet up pressure against pro-family candidates like Duda, the European Commission is inserting itself into pro-family zones (those that have adopted the charter), threatening to cut funds allocated in the fight against the impact of the Wuhan virus pandemic.
As happens in the United States with citizens opposing President Trump, leftist actors who oppose the conservative Duda use similar language to disassociate themselves with him. "This is not my president," 40-year-old Polish actress Katarzyna Zielińska said, voicing her opposition to Duda. When asked about the president's position on LGBT issues, she replied: "I have no strength for anger. I'm just ashamed, I'm sorry."
The Polish Church, considered by many to be the last Catholic bulwark in Europe, celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi on June 14 with public processions throughout the country. It has not remained silent on Christian family values of the Polish people and the foreign powers seeking to destroy them.
Archbishop of Krakow Marek Jędraszewski, for example, has repeatedly warned of the "siege" of [foreign] ideologies that undermine the institution of marriage and the family. The archbishop is often quoted for referring to LGBT ideology as a "rainbow plague" seeking to replace itself with the "red plague of Soviet communism."
On Corpus Christi Sunday, the archbishop asked the faithful to renew their "commitment to promote and defend the family and Christian values of the Polish people," no doubt as a guide for how to evaluate the candidates running in the June 28 election.