This is the Slovak Prometheus Society‘s standpoint at the Paris gathering of Humanists organisations,
read with the kind consent of its organisers. The Letter was presented by Rastislav Škoda , member of Prometheus Society on December 6, 2003.
Škoda reading the letter of Prometheus Society
(Photo: courtesy Claude Singer )
a TALIBAN -LIKE Catholic dictate in
• Before the velvet revolution of
1989 in former Czechoslovakia one of main demands of church (mainly the Catholic
Church) was SEPERATION OF STATE AND CHURCH. The governments that followed the
overturn of socialist regime have betrayed this demand, and in the successor
state of sovereign Slovakia they even transform Slovakia stepwise into a
clerical fundamentalist Catholic State.
• By 1992 as much as 80 % of
the leading state and municipal administrative staff was replaced by persons
claiming or PRETENDING religious adherence ( for which purportedly they were persecuted by the former regime). High
ruling positions by now were gradually put under the control of
Catholic Church of Slovakia, which became the extended hand of
Vatican. Staunch adherents of Christian Parties occupied the key
positions in administration:
(Prime minister, president of parliament,
interior minister, Secret police, education minister, vice president for
legislation and justice minister). It is worth mentioning, that the president of
parliament is the nephew of cardinal and Vatican nuncios to Byelorussia.
• The Catholic church of Slovakia
received at restitution huge properties, among others such which never belonged
to them, but were only in their usage. They are exempted from taxes, they
received enormous state subsidies from taxes collected among others from
non-believers contributions, they are exempt from duty to account to state what
for they spent the subsidies.
• They have built in recent years
about 700 brand new churches and many sacral buildings, including luxurious
parsonages. In two years time (1990-1992) the numbers of ecclesiastic schools
soared to 104, instead of one theological faculty there are now five, and a new
Catholic university was launched .
Starting from this year the Education minister
M. Fronc decreed compulsory teaching of optional religion /or ethics starting
from first form of primary schools (with possibility to have religion in NURSERY
• The State universities offer
study of missionary profession, who are sent out to Asian nations to proselytise
• In numbers of published books
they (religious books) reached a record second place recently (more titles than
in agriculture, or health and medicine, or politics and economy, or natural
• They receive the major part of
financial funds of Culture ministry
earmarked for promoting culture of the WHOLE nation. They infiltrated by NGO-s
disseminating religion the whole civil sector; more than 200 organisation in the
Slovak NGO-s directory claim their main aim to spread religious ideas.
• Public TV and radio are airing
more than 20 regular serials with religious topics. Besides, the Catholic Church
owns a special religious broadcasting station.
• In armed forces and units of
interior ministry pastoral, state-paid services were established. At University
hostels (campuses) pastoral CENTRES were established.
• The Basic Treaty with Vatican
(Concordat) contains provisions never before agreed upon by any other nation,
which covertly or openly replaced civil laws in Slovakia by some provisions of
• In particular: stipulation of
conscience allowing civil disobedience to Catholics, making of them a privileged
group with rights to civil disobedience. It stipulates Catholic morals for all
citizens, infiltration of public schools by religious teaching, financing of
church activities from the State budget. This treaty has robbed Slovakia of its
sovereignty and made of it factually a colony of Vatican.
• In one single decade Slovakia
received the THIRD (September 2003)
visit of pope, while rich nations like USA had in 50 years time only one single
such visit. This is paid from State budget under the pretext of being a visit of
the head of State.
• This well premeditated policy
should secure to Vatican a strong grip in the future unified Europe to expand
its policy of regaining again decisive influence in the whole Europe.
• THE EUROPEAN CONSTITUTION SHOULD SERVE
THESE PURPOSES by enshrining in it the Christian Religious Heritage of the
European culture (which is a delusive deception, because it is a heritage of
most terrible crimes and bloodsheds!)
• It is urgently proposed to NEVER accept anything like that, because it
may be the backdoor for implanting in European policy again the boundless
religious dominance spreading hatred against all other convictions, instead of
PLURALITY and mutual understanding between people of different convictions.
OBSERVANCE OF FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS prohibits inclusion of any
reference to religion, because these two
things are absolutely not compatible.
BESIDES, CANDIDATE STATES ASPIRING TO ACCESSION IN EU SHOULD NEVER BE
IN THE EU, UNLESS THEY REMOVE ALL LEGAL MEASURES SECURING THERE A RELIGIOUS
FUNDAMENTALIST REGIME. AND UNLESS THEY SECURE EQUAL TREATMENT BY SPECIAL
LEGISLATURE FOR ALL CITIZENS WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION
On behalf of Prometheus Society
Dr Ivan Poljak