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Pandemics and migration to define next decade, PM tells Croatian daily

Orbán: Sex education of children exclusively up to parents

Only parents should be the ones to decide on the sex education of their children, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a "samizdat" letter published on his website on Thursday. The prime minister said alarm bells were going off across Europe over Hungary's new laws on paedophelia.

“Let’s face it, this movement is eternal, and its new slogan is no longer ‘Proletarians of the world, unite!’ but ‘Liberals of the world, unite!'” Orbán wrote. This, he added, reinforced “the Central European conviction that today’s liberals are in fact communists with degrees”.

He said the current “left-wing campaign against Hungary” was further proof that the left was “the enemy of freedom”, arguing that “instead of freedom of speech, they want political correctness as defined by them, and hegemony of opinion instead of a pluralism of ideas”.

He said the law passed on Tuesday was not in conflict with any “lofty ideals” or European laws. It “simply states clearly that only parents can decide on the sexual education of their children”, Orbán added.

The prime minister said education in schools must not be in conflict with the will of parents, but should at most be supplementary. Its form and content must be clearly defined and it must be subject to parental consent, he added.

Orbán said parents rightfully expected children to be shielded from pornography, sexuality for its own sake, homosexuality and “gender reassignment programs” on the platforms they visit.

“These restrictions must also be defined with surgical precision,” he wrote. “In Hungary, no one has a say in how adults live their lives. In our view, a free adult should not have to give an account of his life in front of any secular authority – only before God when the time comes.”

This was why, he said, the law did not apply to the lives and “sexual practices” of adults over the age of 18. “Moreover, in the European context, Hungarian society is among Europe’s most committed nations to individual freedom and tolerance.”

The reasons for this, he said, were rooted in Hungary’s cultural traditions, Christian freedom, the nation’s struggles for its own freedom and “a deep contempt for communism and communist tyranny”.

Orbán said Hungarian freedom was not just about political freedom, freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and association, but also about “the right to defend our families and educate our children as we see fit”. “Our law is a worthy continuation of the European tradition of freedom,” he insisted.

“The debate on the future of Europe – that is, our children – has just begun,” the prime minister wrote. “We are here, and we stand ready.”

Pandemics and migration to define next decade, PM tells Croatian daily

Pandemics and migration will have a serious impact on European Christian democracy in the coming decade, the prime minister told Croatian daily Glas koncila in an interview published on Thursday. Regarding the International Eucharistic Congress which will be held in Hungary in September, Orbán said “protocol issues” had arisen in connection with the Pope’s visit “that… the anti-Christian and anti-Church forces took aim at”. Pope Francis will be received with respect and “Christian humility” in Hungary as the head of Vatican State and of the Catholic Church, he said.

The Hungarian government and the pontiff have disagreements on the issue of migration, Orbán said. “We are vehemently opposed to migration, while the Catholic Church has its own opinion,” which had given rise to reports that Pope Francis and Orbán “don’t see eye to eye” and “did not want to meet”, he said.

Meanwhile, Orbán said Hungary’s “spirit” had seen a sea-change in the past three decades. “Life is more valuable but it does not yet fully receive the respect it is due,” he said. “Hungary is a secular state looking for its way to God,” he said.

Hungary has a “strong, organised community of atheists, anti-clerics and liberals who have a strong media doing everything in their power to stymie the spread of Christian values,” Orbán said. At the same time, “Christian media and civil organisations are at least as strong if not stronger, and we hold the political positions,” he added.

Christianity is “not a matter of religion but of pre-determination,” Orbán said.

“A war of cultures and civilisations is under way. The war for Europe’s spirit and future is being waged here and now. We need prayer for Christian unity, because Christianity cannot be upheld in Europe without cooperation,” he said.

The great achievements of Christian civilisation will have to be upheld, he said.

On the subject of migration, he said that instead of motivating migrants to stay away from their homelands they should be helped to return as swiftly as possible, and this stance should be reflected in European policy, whether in terms of its military activities, economic intervention, stabilisation or fostering the creation of normal living conditions in the relevant regions.

Migration, he added, does not take place spontaneously, but is organised according to political and business interests, with the result that “Muslim masses are brought to the European continent”.

Countries that fail to protect themselves, he said, would be unrecognisable in 20 years’ time. “Swimming in multicultural currents involves losing everything that is important in life.”

Orbán said that whereas Hungary paid a high price for refusing to sign the Istanbul Convention or “supporting Cold War policy” — as well as for refusing to join the West in “kicking” the Russian President, for protecting the Christian family model or providing “room for LGBT madness” — much more would be lost by abandoning these principles.

Westerners, he insisted, were content to live in a post-national, post-Christian world and “want us to do the same”. But a counterbalance of regional cooperation was needed, he said, to protect national, Christian cultures.

Orbán said attacks against these values emanated from Brussels and were linked to American liberal political and economic forces.

The EU, he said, pro-forma comprised member states on an equal footing, but France and Germany “form an axis and enforce their own will”. “Sometimes this coincides with the interests of Central Europe; at others it conflicts with them.”

Central Europe needs the strength to pursue its own interests, he said. Central Europeans are for nation states because democracy “can only take place within a national framework”. “Western Europe prefers a Brussels-based empire,” Orbán added.

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