A new Polish political party has ruffled conservative feathers in the Catholic country with a campaign to have the cross ousted from public buildings.
Supporters of the party want the crosses removed, or hung alongside the Star of David, in an attempt to diminish the power of the Church.
In a clear challenge to the strong and omnipresent influence of the Catholic Church in Poland, members of the Support Janusz Palikot party caused outrage in the city of Szczecin by trying to hang Jewish and Muslim symbols in the town’s council chamber alongside the Christian cross, before removing the cross…
The Christian cross is ubiquitous in government buildings in Poland and hangs from thousands of walls in schools and hospitals across the country.
A maverick politician – who said last week that “Poles have been slaves to the Catholic Church for a 1,000 years” – Mr Palikot argued that under the Polish constitution Poland is officially a secular state and therefore there should be no religious symbols.
As an alternative, he said that as the constitution guarantees the equality of all faiths, no one symbol should take precedent.
“Why should there be only one religious symbol?” the politician asked in a television interview.
“I’m all for removing all of them but that would be treated as an attack on the Church.”
We should run this dude for office in Chicago. After we take out a life insurance policy on him.