Hungary is loudly and emphatically saying “thanks but no thanks” to fellow EU members and their calls for LGBT indoctrination of schoolchildren.
Minister of Justice Judit Varga, a member of President Viktor Orban’s ruling party, flatly rejects the movement in Western Europe her party calls “gender madness.” She points an accusing finger at Germany as proof of the results of proponents of multiculturalism and gender politics in power.
Notably, Varga points to the “Queer policy” section of the German coalition government’s manifesto. Because of actions like this, her message to the international left is “leave our children alone.”
She also rails against the Brussels power structure that is horrified because Hungary does not “fit in their mainstream agenda.”
Indeed it doesn’t. The European Commission initiated legal proceedings against Budapest’s new child protection law. This legislation — think “Don’t Say Gay” — bans materials supporting homosexuality and gender identity in schools.
Varga insists that there can be no sex education without parents. Further, the minister of justice says Hungary never agreed to any international law, treaty, or pact that gives the power to raise the nation’s children “to anyone other than Hungarian parents.”
Insisting that freedom and non-discrimination are constitutionally guaranteed to all Hungarians, Varga last December sent a strong message to the Venice Commission. The EU’s legal advisory body called Hungary’s child protection law “incompatible” with human rights norms.
In response, Varga declared that her country will block LGBT advocates “at the fences of schools and kindergartens.”
Orban calls the telegenic Varga, a scholar, musician, and former college basketball standout, his “charm cannon.” She’s apparently effective as the president just won his fourth election over a coalition of opponents by over 20%. Orban is now the longest serving EU leader.
In a sign of his growing prominence, last month dozens of U.S. and other conservatives gathered in Hungary for the American Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. This marked the first time it was held in Europe.
It’s not just in the U.S. where parents are being put on the defensive for being gatekeepers against those who would indoctrinate their children. In the case of Hungary’s Judit Varga, there’s a voice of reason drawing a line against those who would impose their radical ideas on kids.