Poland activists acquitted over LGBT Virgin Mary.
Three Polish women are found acquitted of offending religious feelings over posters depicting Mary Mary with a rainbow halo.
The activists displayed the pictures in 2019 in response to an Easter display describing “gender” and “LGBT” as sins.
The icon utilized in the artwork, “Our Lady of Czestochowa”, is revered by many Polish Catholics.
The women would have faced up to 2 years in prison if found guilty within the case.
The decision comes just days after an important metal singer in Poland launched a legal defence fund for artists accused of blasphemy.
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The case began in April 2019 when the ladies put up the posters and stickers round the city of Plock to protest against what one among the activists described because the “exclusion of LGBT people from society”.
“Nobody should be excluded from society,” Elzbieta Podlesna told the BBC at the time. “Sexual orientation isn’t a sin or a criminal offense and therefore the Holy Mother would protect such people from the Church and from priests who think it’s okay to condemn others.”
But the fees were supported by some politicians, with the country’s then-Interior Minister Joachim Brudzinski responding that “all that nonsense about freedom and ‘tolerance’ doesn’t give ANYONE the proper to insult the emotions of the faithful.”
Activists have accused Poland of breaching EU obligations over its response to LGBT activists.
President Andrzej Duda, an ally of the ruling nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), was narrowly re-elected to a second term in 2020. But during the campaign, he described campaigns for LGBT rights as “even more destructive” than communism and proposed including a ban on couple and adoption within the country’s constitution.
Poland doesn’t currently recognise same-sex unions – whether those are marriages or civil unions. Same-sex
Last year, three protesters were charged with desecrating monuments and offending religious feelings after hanging rainbow flags on statues during an indication against President Duda’s anti-LGBT policies.
The EU also withdrew funding from six towns which had declared themselves “LGBT-free zones”.