A family in Bernardinai park in Vilnius

Over 100 NGOs, academicians call on president to veto family law

Eighty non-governmental organizations and almost 30 academicians have asked Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė to veto the recently-passed Law on the Strengthening of the Family. […]


Catholics angered by Constitutional Court ruling on dismissal from conscription

Clergymen of the Roman Catholic Church of Lithuania have expressed indignation of the Tuesday’s ruling by the Constitutional Court, which said that the clergy of traditional religious communities had been dismissed from military or alternative defense service without due grounds. […]

MP Jaroslaw Kazcynski

Beniušis. Will Karbauskis follow in Kaczynski’s steps?

When I go abroad I like to have a chat with taxi drivers – they help better understand the moods of the public. A young taxi driver I met in Warsaw in May this year cursed “I’m emigrating in a month to Norway with my family and won’t return until Jaroslaw Kaczynski is behind bars.” This is how he evaluated the work of the Poland‘s majority government leader. I was reminded of this story when some “Facebook friends,” who are Conservative/Liberal voters from Vilnius spoke of emigration if Ramūnas Karbauskis’ “Peasant Greens” enter government. Karbauskis himself states that the fight with emigration will be his greatest priority Vaidas Beniušis writes in BNS. […]

Panevėžys Bishop Emeritus Jonas Kauneckas

ELECTIONS. Landsbergis gets criticism from allies

Panevėžys’ Bishop Emeritus Jonas Kauneckas has accused the Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrat (TS-LKD) leader Gabrielius Landsbergis of hypocrisy. According to the bishop, the latest statements by the chairman do not reflect the moral […]

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NGOs criticize new sexual education programme for dogmatism

Several dozen people, rallied by non-governmental organizations, held a protest action outside the Ministry of Education and Science. They are critical of the new sexual education programme that the ministry is to approve on Wednesday, saying it is too conservative and fails to meet the needs of school students.

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‘There is no institution like the Vatican in Islam that can excommunicate extremist Muslims’

There were some 13 million Muslims living in Europe several years ago, according to Pew Research Center, and several more million have come from Syria and Iraq over the last few years. Professor Egdūnas Račius of the Kaunas-based Vytautas Magnus University says that religion is not always the right lens through which to look at and make sense of the world’s Muslims. […]