Polish education minister forced to apologize for homophobic remarks – POLITICO

Polish Education Minister Przemysław Czarnek has had to apologize for homophobic statements he made in 2020, saying in remarks published on Wednesday that LGBTQ+ people are « not equal to normal people ».

However, despite formally apologizing in a statement on social media, the Polish minister said he stood by his remarks.

“I, the undersigned Przemysław Czarnek, Minister of Education and Science, retract my comments of June 13, 2020 on TVP Info and August 3, 2020 on Radio Maryja, but maintain my point of view,” he wrote.

The apology dates from July, but was not made public until Wednesday.

During the 2020 Polish presidential campaign, Czarnek, then an MP for the right-wing Law and Justice party, said in a television interview: “Let’s stop listening to this nonsense about some human rights or about some equality. These people are not equal to normal people.

The comments sparked outrage within the LGBTQ+ community and prompted Jakub Urbanik, a senior lecturer at the University of Warsaw and a prominent voice in the community, to take legal action against the minister and seek redress. apologies.

« My intention was not to offend anyone, including people from the LGBT+ community, especially Mr. Professor Jakub Urbanik, » Czarnek’s statement continues.

In response, Urbanik said in a Facebook post, “We will never stop fighting homophobia. It is a small step, but one that leads to the realization of the protection of human dignity as stipulated by art. 47 of the Constitution [which guarantees personal freedoms].”

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