Polish President Andrzej Duda says the LGBT movement of advancing ideas that are more harmful than communism and said he agreed with another conservative politician who stated that “LGBT is not people, it’s an ideology.”
Duda’s remarks came from the small southwestern town of Brzeg as he was holding a rally for his presidential re-election.
Gay rights is emerging as a key campaign theme in the presidential election as the race grows close between Duda, backed by the nationalist conservative ruling party Law and Justice, and Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, who has called for tolerance for gay and lesbian people.
Duda, who is 48, told his supporters that his parents’ generation did not struggle to cast off communism only to now accept “an ideology” that he thinks “is even more destructive to the human being.”
The president said that during Poland’s communist era, which lasted for more than four decades, regimes ensured survival by indoctrinating the youngest generation.
“That was Bolshevism. It was the ideologizing of children,” he said. “Today, there are also attempts to push an ideology on us and our children, but different. It’s totally new, but it is also neo-Bolshevism.”
Earlier in the week, Duda signed a declaration drafted for the stated purpose of helping families that included language on “protecting children from LGBT ideology” with a ban on “propagating LGBT ideology in public institutions