Concordat between the government of Poland and the humanist organization representing Polish non-denominational minority.

As you probably know from the introductory page, the Humanist Association has suggested that the Federation should launch a campaign aimed at concluding an agreement between the non-denominational minority and the state. The idea was inspired by the Polish parliament which has recently ratified the so called concordat with the Vatican. The document provided the catholic church in Poland with legal basis for the privileges that the church has enjoyed in practise over the last 8 years. Discrimination of non-denominational citizens has been strongly reinforced in the document which as an international agreement cannot be changed by simple majority of votes in the parliament. Since the new constitution guarantees equality for all, regardless of belief, and other churches have been promised similar rights, we have realized and put forward that similar agreement should be agreed and signed with the institution representing those citizens who do not believe in any gods and do not belong to any of the churches. The initiative is mainly aimed at ensuring equality of rights for all. Discrimination, regardless of the grounds, is expressly forbideen by the constitution.

Unfortunately, the proposal was at first strongly contested. Our opponents from the Humanist Federation have questioned our intentions. They claimed that what we need is peace with the Church not confrontation and that the Federation can't be regarded as a body representing all non-believers. During a heated debate we have more or less managed to explain that our objective is to protect our human rights and that we can't give them up just because the Church rejects those rights and finds equality unacceptable. What is still being discussed is the Federation's right to represent non-denominational minority. Our position is that, though of course not all non-belivers are our members we can represent them in those matters which are related with their non-theistic world-view. The Federation is the largest body and if it decides not to defend the rights of non-believers noone will. Analogically, the Church claims that it represents all believers though in fact many of them are very critical about its policies and do not find its opinions as representative for their own. The right of the large humanist association to represent non-denominational minority has been also recognised in some countries of Western Europe which should be taken in consideration in view of our intention to join the European Union. Well, the discussion has not been finished yet. If you have any information or comments, please let us know. We'll update this page if and when any step forward is taken.




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