The chairman of Poland’s ruling conservative party labelled the LGBTI rights movement a foreign import that threatens the nation.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski also said everyone ‘must accept Christianity’ and questioning the Roman Catholic church is unpatriotic.
Kaczynski, chairman of the Law and Justice party, spoke in the city of Wroclawek ahead of the European Parliament votes in May. The speech was on patriotism.
He said: ‘We are dealing with a direct attack on the family and children – the sexualization of children, that entire LGBT movement, gender.
‘This is imported, but they today actually threaten our identity, our nation, its continuation and therefore the Polish state.’
This comes as the Catholic church in Poland comes under scrutiny over pedophilia. Victims are increasingly speaking out against the church, where once it was taboo.
A movie dealing with this problem, Ker (Clergy), was a blockbuster hit in the country.
Law and Justice won the Polish election in 2015 after a campaign that portrayed Muslim refugees as a threat to the nation.
It appears they have shifted focus to LGBTI people.
Opposition to LGBTI people
This isn’t the first time the party has come out in opposition to LGBTI rights.
In March 2019 the party condemned the ‘Western liberalism’ of LGBTI-inclusive education in Warsaw schools. They claimed it infringes on traditional Catholic values.
Also, in April, the president of the Polish city of Gniezno banned a Pride parade due to take place that month.
Local governments banned over 20 different Pride events across Poland already.