According to Czarnek, religion is a problem even for PiS. There is no money for the minister’s dreams. But there is… an atheistic threat
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The closer to the autumn parliamentary elections, the less likely it is that from September 2023 religion will be compulsory in Polish schools. Although the Minister of Education, Przemysław Czarnek, announced it grandly, today in PiS we hear: – Obligatory religion sounded great, but with obligatory ethics it is worse. Because how to explain to our voters that we will spend millions on the whim of atheists?
But that would be too expensive.
– Politically inconvenient in the campaign. Even among our constituents there are those who believe that the place of catechesis is in the church.
– Nobody but Czarnek really wants it.
I heard such sentences from PiS politicians and high-ranking state officials when I asked about the plan to introduce a mandatory choice between religion and ethics.
Although the Minister of Education announced that the reform would start in 2023, nothing happened that would make this scenario credible.
There are signs that it is Przemyslaw Czarnek he will have to put his dreams on hold – for after the election or forever.
When, at the beginning of 2023, I started working on a text about the condition of catechesis in schools, I also came across Radosław Brzózka’s podcast.
Radosław Brzózka is the plenipotentiary of the Minister of Education and Science for educational strategy (he presents this position in his podcast on YouTube, at the beginning of January he has 71 subscribers there). He is also the head of the political cabinet of Przemysław Czarnek, the gentlemen have been working together for years. Brzózka was his spokesman when Czarnek was still the governor of Lublin. In the world of education, he is considered an eminence grise.
The episode devoted to religion was recorded by Brzózka in December. This thread appears in his online program as the second and begins with the words: – “Czarnek introduces the obligation to attend religion or ethics classes”, writes MP Katarzyna Lubnauer on Twitter. But that’s not true!
Not true?! What has the minister and his deputies been talking about for the past two years?
Lots of interviews, little specifics
Let’s take a look at the calendar and follow the statements of Minister Przemysław Czarnek himself.
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