Religion: Same Shoe, Other Foot

Under the Stalinists, Roman Catholic schoolchildren in Poland were harassed by the state when they chose to go to religion classes. Now the shoe appears to be on the other foot. Newspapers all over Poland are carrying complaints of Communists that their children are being teased, ostracized, and sometimes beaten up for not attending religious instruction.

Under Poland's Stalinist brand of Communism, religious instruction was barely tolerated, and Catholic parents were pressured (through threats of losing their jobs, chicanery over taxes, etc.) to keep their children from religion classes. The one weekly hour of instruction was usually set at an inconvenient time;...

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