The U.S. ambassador to Poland waved a large U.S. flag over his head and marched in Warsaw’s annual Pride parade. Mark Brzezinski emphatically declared to the crowd that “America embraces equality.”
Many in the U.S. and European Union have voiced concerns over the conservative stance by Poland’s government and the nation’s powerful Catholic church. Neither embraced the radical gender ideology espoused by their Western allies in recent years.
Why is a US Ambassador walking in ANY parade in ANY foreign country?
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The Polish view is better described as seeing LGBT issues as a “foreign ideology” that its children should be protected from. The parade is often criticized by the nation’s leaders as opposed to the people’s identity.
Brzezinski rushed to the defense of Poland’s LGBT minority.
Interviewed by the Associated Press, he said that the U.S. embassy “has heard disturbing reports of an organized campaign targeting Poland’s LGBT community with hate, lies, and slander in an attempt to divide Polish society.”
The U.S. ambassador accused those behind the campaign of supporting people who seek “to weaken democracy.”
Brzezinski expressed his hope that differences of opinion do not descend “into discrimination or worse.” He added “words matter” and that “hate masquerading as morality can play no productive role in our societies.”
The diplomat appeared to equate the religious convictions of the nation’s majority with “hate” and believe that they must be eliminated.
Poland considers Washington to be a strong ally in its defense against aggression from its east. The U.S. has steadily built up its military presence in the nation since last year’s Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Some in Poland’s LGBT community see the U.S. also as a guarantor of human rights for an unpopular segment of society. It is increasingly clear that the nation’s leaders are not going to provide the affirmation that these groups feel they deserve and even need.
Polish President Andrzej Duda said during the 2020 campaign that LGBT is an ideology worse for the people than communism. The country suffered under the Soviet Union’s fist until the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991.
Last year, ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the nation must “protect ourselves from madness.” He was referring to the spread of transgender ideology.
And earlier this year, Poland’s commissioner for children’s rights ordered certain schools deemed LGBT-friendly to check their employees against a registry of pedophiles.