Poland defies the European Union as 3,300 Strong World Congress of Families Closes
WARSAW, May 14, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Poland, the host country of the World Congress of Families IV held in Warsaw May 11-13, 2007, threw down the gauntlet in a frontal challenge to the European Union during the pro-family congress which attracted some 3,300 delegates from all over the world.
Poland’s Minister of Education and Vice Prime Minister of Poland, Roman Giertych and the Speaker of Parliament (Sejm) of the Republic of Poland, Marek Jurek, proclaimed during the congress that Poland has no intention of agreeing to the demands of the European Union (EU) that it follow the regulations established in Brussels and the European Parliament to provide abortion, homosexual rights, same-sex marriage and other attacks on the traditional family demanded by the EU.
Giertych and other Polish officials attracted the ire of Members of the European Parliament (EP) last month. An EP debate and resolution which was passed last month condemned Poland for being "hateful" and "repulsive" for refusing to permit the promotion of homosexuality in schools (see coverage: https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/apr/07042608.html ) The resolution went so far as to suggest that "homophobic" country’s such as Poland would be taken to court.
Defying the EP’s homosexual activism, Giertych told the pro-family leaders that the Polish legislation seeking to protect children in schools from homosexual propaganda would be put forward as planned. It’s "something I have to do," he said. Poland announced at the Congress that it would not be interfered with or intimidated by the EU.
The Polish officials made it clear that Poland will be assuming the leadership role to end the demographic winter in Europe caused by a birthrate below the replacement level and the instability in Europe caused by sexual permissiveness.
The Congress discussed over the three days such issues impacting the family as: abortion; the move to legitimize same-sex marriage; population decline; pornography and the impact of the news and entertainment industry on the family.
The 3,300 delegates attended from Latin America, the United States, Canada, western and eastern Europe including Poland, Latvia, Estonia, the Ukraine and Russia.
(with files from REAL Women Canada representative Gwen Landolt at the conference in Warsaw)