The leftist media is in a triumphant mood. It turned out that fewer deputies referred to God when taking the oath of office in the Polish Sejm this time than in previous years.
This is how the OKO.press portal assessed the results: “In the entire Sejm, as many as 318 MPs called on God for help, while only 141 limited themselves to the oath’s secular contents, referring to the Nation, the Homeland, and the Constitution. The percentage of deputies demonstrating their religiosity (69 percent) is impressive, as if Poland was a religious state, but it is still 10 percentage points lower than in the taking of the oath on November 12, 2019, after the elections in which Law and Justice triumphed.”
Another thing that won the applause of the progressive political commissars in the media is that God was referred to more often by men than by women. “God is clearly needed more by male MPs today (69 percent call on Him) than by female MPs (53 percent).”
Various conclusions can be drawn from this data, all of them sad.
First, contrary to what leftist and liberal commentators may think, the reference to God has nothing to do with there being a religious state. People who write such things show their ignorance or, more likely in most cases, their bad faith. After all, the opportunity to appeal to God is provided by Poland’s 1997 constitution, which was drafted by a left-wing, post-communist parliamentary majority.
As it turns out, back then the Polish left was more sensitive to Polish historical memory than its successors today, who have completely bought into the current politically-correct trend of imposing uniformity from the top. EU-backed liberal democracy is destroying Christianity in Poland faster than the Communists managed to do so in the past.
The Poles have invoked the slogan “God, Honor, Homeland” for centuries, always putting God first. This does not mean, however, that they wanted to build a religious state, but that they perfectly understood that their homeland and their nation’s prosperity and independence depended on God, who is the source of laws and principles. This protected them from falling into chauvinism and nationalism, on the one hand, and relativism on the other. Whoever cares about Poland’s independence cannot renounce this appeal to God. Renouncing it leads to national nihilism and makes one lose the meaning of Polishness.
Second, for centuries it was Polish women who were the backbone of Christianity in our country. Mothers took care of their children’s religious education, passed on Catholic traditions, taught prayers, and made sure that the Polish cultural idiom was passed on from generation to generation.
What is happening with the oath in the Sejm is a dangerous sign that this has changed. Polish women are apparently succumbing to feminist brainwashing. They have led themselves to believe that there is a contradiction between femininity and faith. This is the result of constant and effective pro-abortion propaganda.
Third, Donald Tusk’s behavior, who forgot about God in the oath this time, is quite a symbol. For years Tusk posed as a moderate conservative, and when it served his political purposes, he eagerly showed his religiosity with ostentation. There was the church wedding he had [after decades of civil marriage, just before the 2005 presidential election], and the sign of the cross he made over bread, all under the tabloids’ watchful eye.
The years he spent in Brussels have taught him, however, that Catholicism is a burden. And by the way, it is quite grotesque that Tusk renounced his Christianity – at least publicly – while serving as chairman of the largest Christian democratic party in the European Parliament, the European People’s Party (EPP).
But you have to give him credit for one thing: by not saying the words “So help me God,” he was at least being honest. He turned out to be a true citizen of Europe, i.e. a politician without roots and without tradition for whom that which is national is to be overcome, and possibly consigned to folklore.
What is better? Tusk’s clear declaration or the hypocritical oaths of those Civic Platform deputies who, before they got on their party’s electoral list, had to accept that they would vote to allow abortion up to the third month of a child’s life in the womb? They were able to sign on to this godless act and at the same time call upon God to witness it!
The decline in religious oaths is a sign of increasing secularization. In practice, this means that Polish society is increasingly giving in to those leftist ideologies coming from the West. These ideologies must lead to an eventual rupture of the nation’s continuity, and for sure to increasingly fierce attacks on our Polish heritage.
When it comes to fighting the Church, the modern liberal left is uncompromising, acrimonious, and barbaric. At the same time that the Sejm was gathering, the [left-wing] newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza published an interview with Stanislaw Obirk, a former priest, who called for the removal of the cross in the Sejm and advocated tearing up the Concordat. The Concordat was signed in 1993, recognizing the importance and significance of Catholicism for Polish independence. Recognizing this today would not be possible, I’m afraid. The political war on religion is just beginning.
This article was first published in Polish as the editor-in-chief’s column in the Do Rzeczy weekly.