Appeal to the Heads of States and Governments, Participants at the Intergovernmental Conference in Brussels on 12-13 December 2003
We, the undersigned, recognize the role of religion in the cultural heritage of Europe.
However, we firmly object to the mention of any specific religion in the preamble to the Constitution of the European Union. All citizens of Europe - regardless of the faith or tradition in which they were raised — should be able to identify themselves with the principles of new, united Europe. Democracy can flourish only in secular states.
Faith is a private matter. Freedom of belief and religion should be protected against government interference. We stand for a preamble that can be accepted by all Europeans — adherents of different life-stances. The law should not be an expression of the religious views of any particular group.
As the representatives of non-governmental, confessional and non-confessional organizations, political parties and other social groups in Poland, we appeal to the Heads of States and Governments, participants at the Intergovernmental Conference in Brussels, to adopt the Preamble to the European Constitution in the version proposed by the European Convention.
The letter has been signed by
Members of Polish Parliament:
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