WARSAW, Poland (ChurchMilitant.com) - In the face of pushback, the city of Warsaw, Poland, has withheld implementation of an aggressive document that would introduce LGBT themes to young school children in city schools.
Rafał Trzaskowski, mayor of Warsaw, signed the "Warsaw LGBT+ Declaration" Feb. 18, a document that grants many benefits to LGBT activists related to education, public activities, culture and sports.
In the area of education, the declaration called for classes in Warsaw schools on homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality, implementing the World Health Organization's standards that include encouraging early childhood children to touch and sexually gratify themselves.
Trzaskowski's signing of the declaration led to immediate and fierce pushback from organizations and individuals who noted that Warsaw residents, especially parents, were never consulted or considered in drafting this document whereas LGBT activists were.
Opponents of the declaration further noted that the document had no options clause, permitting parents to withdraw their children from school on days when LGBT lessons would be taught.
The pushback has led to the document being shelved without being implemented — for the time being.
Two notable groups that fought back hard and organized petitions and protests were the Ordo Iuris Institute and the Life and Family Center (LFC).
Ordo Iuris, a Polish organization committed to legally defending the Polish Constitution against radical ideologies that question the existing social order, published an analysis of the declaration in February.
After publishing the analysis, Ordo Iuris prepared a petition to request that Warsaw authorities listen to parents at a public gathering. Successful submissions for such requests require 1,000 signatures; Ordo Iuris gathered 4,000 from Warsaw residents.
LFC (Polish: Centrum Życia i Rodziny) organized a protest in May in front of the Warsaw City Hall in Bankowy Square for parents to show their opposition to the declaration.
At the Warsaw parents protest, Kazimierz Przeszowski, vice chairman of the board for LFC, said:
Welcome to the Warsaw parents protest in front of the Warsaw City Hall. The protest is directed against the LGBT+ declaration that undermines parents' rights to raise [their] children in accordance with their beliefs, undermines the right of parents to have sex education carried out with knowledge, consent — to the extent agreed to by parents.
This current victory for those opposing the latest push from LGBT activists is not definitive.
"However, this step backwards from the Warsaw authorities cannot be considered a final success. The LGBT declaration has still not been revoked. Until this happens, you can be afraid that we are dealing with a tactical operation, and not the result of deeper reflection," said attorney Rafał Dorosiński of Ordo Iuris.
The work to keep Warsaw schools free of LGBT ideology continues, according to Jerzy Kwaśniewski, the president of Ordo Iuris: "Now we begin the most important task in September ― securing schools by submitting parental declarations and involvement in class trios and parents' councils. This is the most durable way to strengthen the safety of our children."
Church Militant reached out to Ordo Iuris for comment but received no response as of press time.