Government open for "Free the Christmas" proposal
- Two weeks ago Bia³ystok's editorial office of Polish daily "Gazeta Wyborcza" has begun an action called "Free the Christmas".
It is to gather 100 000 signatures under a draft bill that could enable Orthodox believers who are celebrating Christmas at January 7th to have it free, juat like Catholic believers do at december 25th. Now Orthodox people may have Christams free but they have to work it off. The purpose of the action is to not having to work the Christmas off.
They have already gathered 1000 signatures. Now they already have 300 more thanks to job fair organised in Bia³ystok. Those singatures have been given to Jerzy Miller - minister of Ministry of Internal Affairs. Junior minister Tomasz Siemionak says that the government is open for the debate.
The debate about this issue is already going on and the government is really open for discussing this issue. It is worth remembering that changes cannot be introduced by force and the Orthodox church approaches this issue quietly, it does not want to introduce any new restrictions or divisions. Now we have two opportunities: introducing additional holidays to the calendar without working off or relying on current informal solutions - Tomasz Siemionak said.
He added that opportunity to discuss this issue will occur in March, when another meeting of Holy Council of Bishops with government representatives will take place. "Gazeta wyborcza" hopes that the meeting will be fruitful. Until that time it expects more supporting votes for the action. On the daily's website there is a specimen of the list with the petition, you can also sign it at the seat of the daily's seat in Bia³ystok at ul. Sienkiewicza 49, 5th floor.