Hungarian undermining of European freedoms

In Hungary, it has become very difficult when you feel born in a wrong body. It is not only illegal to change your gender, but it has become very difficult to talk about it with others. Educators can be fined if it is found out that they gave advice are even talked about the subject.

The Government and its politicians have become vocally homophobic and transphobic, and first prohibited homosexuals to adopt or have children. The government does everything to create hate feelings against people who are different, having another religious idea, another political thought, another colour, and/or another feeling to others than the mainstream population.

Picking on LGBTI people is not the only part we as Europeans have to notice Hungary is bringing over its population. There are enough serious reasons to believe that the European Democracy and human rights in East Europe are starting to be undermined by Hungary, that dragged other countries in its wake.

The ban on the “portrayal and the promotion of gender identity different from sex at birth, the change of sex and homosexuality” for persons under 18 should be the drop that makes the bucket overflow. The European Union may not sit at the side and let this happen as if it is not a dangerous suppurating ulcer.

Last week’s legislation breaches so many numerous EU laws, including the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) and the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, as well as being a violation of EU principles set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, that politicians had to react.

Rémy Bonny, campaigner and executive director of the LGBTQIA+ organisation Forbidden Colours told Redaction Report:

“The EU Commission is the guardian of the treaties, so they have to take action against Hungary when they violate EU law. {Pressure mounts on the European Commission to take action over Hungary’s anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation}

Hungary is truly a thorn in our side. The latest legislative proposals are a reason for which the European Union must respond wholeheartedly that Hungary must adhere to the values and standards of the European Constitution.
People with different beliefs than the “State Religion” but also with different feelings than the vast majority are watched and even intimidated. For years the Hungarian government have been targeting those “others” and have envisioned laws to further target and persecute those people.

At last (better late than never) on Tuesday, thirteen European Union member states issued a joint statement condemning Hungary’s new law banning the “promotion” of homosexuality.

Executive Director of the LGBTQIA+ advocacy group ILGA-Europe, Evelyne Paradis said:

“The European Commission can no longer turn a blind eye to the ongoing legislative attacks launched by FIDESZ against the human rights and fundamental freedoms of LGBTI people in Hungary, but needs to use all instruments available to hold Hungary accountable for the respect of fundamental rights, including LGBTI rights.

The Commission has now taken a clear stand towards its Member States who do not seem to comprehend theat the European Union stands for freedom of speech, freedom of race, freedom of gender and for ‘No Racism’ and ‘No Discrimination’.

In Hungary, the government-appointed Media Authority oversees programme content, labelling and broadcast times and has its own power to investigate, or respond to complaints from the public. But it also controls everything shown on televsion in Hungary and as such the government has forbidden series like Modern Family and certain scenes in Harry Potter films, Bridget Jones Diary, and episodes of Friends.

After the independent judiciary, the free press, migrants and the Jewish-American philanthropist George Soros whose Open Society model was rejected, the lgbtq community in Budapest is head of the ball. For the prime minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo, it is apparently the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Even though the authoritarian Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán may not see any holes in the law, it is the other government leaders who must open his eyes and make him understand that in the European Community people have chosen to go for unity and respect for all citizens, whatever colour or affection they may have.

“I consider this law to be wrong and incompatible with my understanding of politics,”

Merkel said in response to a query from a far-right lawmaker at government question time in parliament.

Fourteen EU governments including Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland have condemned the new law as a

“flagrant form of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression”.

and

“violates the right to free speech under the guise of protecting children.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says it will be examined for any breach of EU law.

Belgian minister Sophie Wilmès underlines that Belgium has taken the lead for the declaration.

‘We have a collective responsibility to protect the rights of all EU citizens, and therefore we have a duty to make our voices heard and to react when these rights and our values are undermined. We also have a duty to tell our partners when we are deeply convinced that they have taken the wrong path,’

the minister stated in a press release.

UEFA logo.svgYesterday there was also a UEFA decision that shows how money prevails with some, which killed off Eurocrat Guy Verhofstadt after the request from the mayor of Munich to light up the Munich stadium in the rainbow colours or Pride Colours was rejected by the soccer body.

Surely European Union government leaders must now begin to see that there is not just a major problem with Hungary. Indeed, Orbán drew inspiration for his anti-gay law from his Christian-conservative friends in Poland and from a 2013 Russian law on so-called gay propaganda, which has led to violence against lgbtq people there.

De Croo is right to say that it is high time the European Union to drew a single line in the sand.

At the moment it is only a Hungarian issue now, but if we are not careful, that Hungarian virus will become an even worse ailment than the Coronavirus and undermine the entire European Union.
If Orbán and his followers have their way, the newly launched Conference on the Future of Europe will have no reason to exist. Indeed, there will then be no future for Europe. Already we can see a clear division between Eastern and Western Europe.

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Preceding

Hongaarse ondermijning van Europese vrijheden

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Additional reading

  1. A synod not leading to doctrinal changes because it is about pastoral attention
  2. Helping against or causing more homophobia
  3. Youngsters, parents and the search to root in life
  4. Controversial Pope

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Related

  1. Tracking Racism in COVID-19
  2. 06/22/21 AP: Hungary’s immunity cards allow packed stands, raise concerns
  3. Hungary’s LGTBQ law goes against EU values: von der Leyen
  4. Pride for sale!
  5. Fighting Transphobia and Biphobia Within the LGBT+ Community
  6. Pressure mounts on the European Commission to take action over Hungary’s anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation
  7. UK Holds Conference on ‘Gender Dysphoria – a Therapeutic Model for Children, Adolescents and Young People’
  8. Hungary’s LGBTQ law against EU values, says EC chief

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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