According to the publisher, the text was cited in this form on the internet. However, a historian views the case as a major editorial error and, if intentional, a serious offence.
“Stay, for you must be protected
Who has nowhere to go,
Be poor, be homeless,
Jewish, gay, Roma”
This is an original passage from Ágnes Kiss Judit’s poem The Word. However, in the Catholic Pedagogical Institute’s literature textbook for 10th graders, the word “gay” has been replaced with “Hungarian”, Népszava has noticed.
The poet herself only learned from the newspaper that her otherwise widely known poem dissecting the dilemmas of emigration had been rewritten.
Judit Ágnes Kiss also had her story included in the controversial children’s book Fairyland for Everyone. Kiss claimed she was not informed that her poem would appear in the textbook, which act would otherwise require the author’s consent, who is also entitled to royalties.
She added that she would not have allowed the poem to be altered and will contact the publisher. The publisher defends itself by saying that no complaints were received and besides, contemporary poems are available in several versions on the internet.
According to writer and literary historian Krisztián Nyári, copyright protects the intrinsic essence of the work. According to Nyári, what happened is an embarrassing editorial omission, and if it is intentional, it is a serious offence, rtl.hu writes.
If I find all of the art offensive in Vatican City, will they cut off or put tidy-whities on the penis & scrotum of the males? Would anyone protect the original works of those artists or would they let me have my way? We are on a slippery sloap. Can’t have Christmas concerts at schools, can’t use the word Eskimo for the people up in the far north, even though that is what some of them are. Not all Inuite. So there went that wonderful treat Eskimo Pies. And children’s books were changed, even though the author was giving positive recognition to the Eskimo.
The word gay also means happy, cheerful and elated. If the poetess wanted the other meaning of the word, she should have been more specific and used queer, lesbian or LGBT.
Perhaps the word “Catholic” should be replaced with “cult”
News flash! The Catholic Pedagogical Institute of Hungary claims to have proven the non-existence of human genitalia. In a report submitted to the Hungarian Academy of Pseudo-science, the CPI of Hungary claims that human genitalia are actually oddly misshapen fig leafs.
Why would the Catholic Pedagogical Institute include this poem if they objected to it? Thugs take ownership of the property of other people, break it if they desire, and then monetize it. The above mentioned body has done just that. They are thugs acting as if anointed by their god to destroy the works of others. They should be ashamed and spend some time in thoughtful meditation on the lowly act they have committed.