A Polish court on Tuesday acquitted three activists accused of insulting the feelings of believers. They had created a poster depicting the Virgin Mary on the background of a rainbow flag (this flag is used as a symbol of sexual minorities).
Women were threatened with up to two years in prison for blasphemy and abuse of religion, but the Plock City Court stated that the women had no intention of committing the offense.
In the spring of 2019, activists put up posters with the Virgin Mary and Jesus in public places, surrounded by a halo of rainbow heads. The image of the Virgin Mary was taken from the famous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, which Catholics have great holiness.
The activists claimed to have protested in this way against the hostile attitude of the influential Catholic Church in Poland towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
“No one should be excluded from society. Sexual orientation is not a sin or a crime. Our Lady would protect such people from the Church and the priests, who consider it normal to turn against others, ”then the broadcaster told the BBC one of the activists Elizabeth Podleshn.
Poland has one of the strictest laws in Europe, which prohibits the insult of religious feelings and symbols. The then Polish Minister of the Interior, Joachim Brudzinski, emphasized that freedom and tolerance do not give anyone the right to offend the feelings of believers. However, human rights defenders argued that the purpose of the harsh laws was to restrict freedom of expression.
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