Poland: Cross Words

Crucifixes in the classroom

A red-and-white banner adorned with four crucifixes loomed over the crowd at the Church of the Transfiguration in Garwolin, a rural community 40 miles southeast of Warsaw. THERE WAS NO PLACE FOR YOU, CHRIST, AT OUR SCHOOL, the banner said. In any other modern secular country, that message might simply have been a routine protest against the separation of church and state. But in Poland, where approximately 90% of the population is Roman Catholic, and the church is the only institution powerful enough to challenge the state, a battle over crucifixes in the classroom last week sparked...

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