EU LEADERS THREATEN TO BRING HUNGARY ‘TO ITS KNEES’ OVER ANTI-LGBT LAW
Western leaders have said they will bring Hungary “to its knees” over a law banning the promotion of homosexuality in schools at a bitter EU summit on Thursday.
Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands, said Hungary either “must leave” the EU or repeal the law, which bans TV shows and other content seen as championing LGBT lifestyles for the under-18s.
However, some eastern European governments refused to join 17 of the bloc’s 27 countries in a rare joint statement condemning a fellow member state.
The Hungarian government hit back against what it called the EU’s “shameful” interference in its domestic affairs.
Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, said the law was about “defending the rights of the kids and the parents” and claimed to be a fighter for gay rights when Hungary was under communist rule.
“Homosexuality was punished, and I fought for their freedom and their rights,” he said as he arrived at the summit. “So I am defending the rights of the homosexual guys. But this law is not about that.”
Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s gay prime minister, said he would confront Mr. Orban, whose authoritarian rule has raised EU concerns over the rule of law in Hungary. One has to wonder, so he is going to confront another nation over their authoritarian rule, is this due to they will not submit to the EU’s authoritarian demands that Hungary gives in to their LBGTQ ideology? And who are they to dictate this to a sovereign nation? Can we say, Hypocrite?
“I will be intolerant today with intolerant people,” Mr Bettel said. “If you really think that by watching a film or speaking in a classroom about sexual orientation makes you gay, he really doesn’t understand anything.”
Many young Europeans committed suicide after finding it impossible to accept their sexuality, Mr Bettel added as he described the summit showdown as “his fight”.
“To accept yourself being gay was my most difficult thing… to hear now that it is because maybe I watched something on TV when I was younger is unacceptable. And to mix up paedophilia and pornography with homosexuality is unacceptable too,” he said.
The Hungarian law “is not in line with our values and what Europe is” said Emmanuel Macron, the French president, who urged other EU countries to show “no weakness” in facing down Mr Orban.
While the EU has no power to force a country to leave, this could be achieved “step by step”, Mr Rutte told reporters in Brussels. “My goal is to bring Hungary to its knees on this issue,” he said.
“They must realise that they are either part of the European Union and this community of values, which means that in Hungary… no one can be discriminated against and [everyone] can feel free on grounds of sexuality, skin colour, gender whatever.”
A decision by UEFA, European football’s governing body, to forbid Munich from lighting its football stadium in rainbow colours when Germany played Hungary this week added fuel to the debate.
The European Commission is considering legal action against Hungary for the “child protection law”, which bans schoolbooks and films that depict characters as anything other than as heterosexual. The European Court of Justice can impose fines on a country for breaking EU law.
There is also an EU treaty clause that could be used to suspend Hungary’s voting rights in the EU, but that requires a unanimous decision by the other member states.
Hungary and Poland – both of which are already targets of EU legal action for undermining the democratic values – have a pact mutually shielding them from such a manoeuvre.
The commission presented the bloc’s first five-year LGBTIQ equality strategy last year, but the issue remains highly divisive. Municipalities in Poland have approved the creation of “LGBT-free zone” motions, and there have been campaigns in Romania for a ban on same-sex marriage.
Neither country has endorsed the joint statement.
What needs to be noted here is Hungary did not take the rights of people to be LBGTQ away; they said that this ideology would not be allowed to be forced on children that are of school age. This is the part that is unacceptable to the EU. They want the right to indoctrinate children while going to school; anything less will not be tolerated.
Remember, these are the same people who accused religious people of enforcing their morals on them, yet now that the shoe is on the other foot, how are they any different?
And they want to call other nations authoritarian.
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