The original Polish & English translation can be find here: https://sites.google.com/site/slpnp2016/
We respect anyone's right to voice their opinion. We also respect those
who signed the letter—many are our colleagues and teachers. However, we find the key claims of the letter
unfounded and its language deeply divisive, even offensive. The purpose of the present statement is to make
clear that a significant part of the Polish academic world rejects the accusations and innuendos contained in
the letter, as well as its hostile tenor.
The main claim of the letter is that European Union is trying to "overthrow our democratically elected
government" , in order to destroy the strong Polish democracy, so as to be able to govern Poles and other
European nations, using "a totalitarian social engineering" of political correctness and to keep supporting a
host of "domestic and international thieves". Another reason is Polish government's refusal to admit refugees
and, especially, the Polish "freedom of beliefs perhaps the most hated by the EU officials" .
These grave charges were made with virtually no justification. They are supported only by sweeping statements like "our current judiciary system represented nothing but a self-protecting postcommunist organization". At the same time, the authors implore their "friends from academia and beyond" (in a letter addressed
to Mr. Timmermans) to "think whether you have some serious grounds to believe your media. What if they
lie?". In reality, there are absolutely no grounds to believe the main statements of the letter. The claim
that the EU hates Polish freedom of belief and is trying to destroy it is preposterous. The opening criticism
"It is strange by itself, that these EU personalities, themselves just appointed - not elected, love so much
democracy" is an attempt at irony but comes out as a clumsy insult. The authors present no legal arguments or expertise, beyond a vague statement that "the proposed changes in our judiciary system are the same or
are very similar to those, which exist in other Western countries systems for decades".
In view of the international political situation, and of the Polish geographical position, it is of utmost
importance for Poland to remain one of the key EU states, and for this it is imperative to treat the statements
by the EU authorities seriously. We regret to conclude that our colleagues decided to put their signatures
under a letter of dubious quality, containing standard propaganda slogans instead of arguments, written
tenuously, inaccurately and aggresively. We want to make clear that we do not support its contents, its
hostility or its awkward style. Statements on important political subjects should be argued carefully and
we are supporting the idea of such a discussion. Making arbitrary accusations, regardless of one's political
views, is harmful for the community, for Poland and for Europe."
I have also signed the letter.
PS. The photo I used here was made by AFP Photo/Wojtek Radwanski (from https://www.yahoo.com/news/thousands-protest-against-polish-government-control-state-media-164547203.html)