Czech priest spreads fake news on national holiday

One of the highest ranking Czech spread myths about the Istanbul Convention during a speech on Czech Statehood Day.

Sofija Kordic
Sofija Kordic NewsMavens, Czechia
Czech priest spreads fake news on national holiday - NewsMavens
Monsignor Petr Piťha, Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

Monsignor Petr Piťha is a well known public figure. He is one of the founders of the Czech mathematical linguistics, a recognized education expert, and one of the most senior officials of the Catholic Church in Czechia. He was Education Minister in the nineties. Pope Francis designated him as Chaplain of His Holiness in 2015.

During his sermon in the Prague Cathedral of St Vitus on Czech Statehood Day (September 28), Pit’ha misinformed the audience when he warned them against the Istanbul Convention by claiming that gender activists and homosexuals would make new laws restricting freedoms, that families would be torn apart and destroyed, that children alone would make decisions about their gender, and that disobedient people would be deported to corrective and educational labour camps of a genocidal nature.

Actually, the Istanbul Convention is a document which aims to end violence against women, ensure victim protection and pursue the prosecution of perpetrators.

According to Monsignor Pi’tha's speech:

  • Homosexuals will be proclaimed a superior ruling class, and others will be designated an inferior working class without the right to freedom of speech
  • The determination of the sex of the newborn children by looking at their genitals will be abolished
  • People will be made subordinate to all animals who multiply by sexual intercourse, because the new law won’t apply to them
  • The false accusation will be enough for the imprisonment of children, parents will know nothing about their whereabouts
  • Only three members of the Council of Europe haven’t signed the Istanbul Convention: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia 
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