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Only parents can decide on the sexual education of their children

The Prime Minister wrote they are now setting off alarm bells across Europe over Hungary’s new laws to severely punish paedophiles and protect our children. The fact is that this movement is eternal, and its new slogan is no longer “Proletarians of the world, unite!” but “Liberals of the world, unite!” He added that this, of course, reinforces the Central European conviction that today’s liberals are in fact communists with degrees.

Mr Orbán wrote that the current left-wing campaign against Hungary is further proof that today, the Left is the enemy of freedom, because instead of freedom of speech, they want political correctness as defined by them, and hegemony of opinion instead of a pluralism of ideas.

The new Hungarian law does not conflict with any lofty ideals or European laws, the Prime Minister pointed out. He underlined that the new Hungarian law simply states clearly that only parents can decide on the sexual education of their children.

Education in schools must not be in conflict with the will of parents; it must at most be supplementary, its form and content must be clearly defined and it must be subject to parental consent, he stated.

The Prime Minister laid down that parents also rightly expect that on platforms used by our children, pornography, sexuality for its own sake, homosexuality and gender reassignment programmes should not be available. These restrictions must also be defined with surgical precision, Mr Orbán added.

He stressed that 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,” the Prime Minister wrote, highlighting that therefore, the Hungarian law does not apply to the lives and sexual practices of adults over 18, nor to what they are exposed to as an adult in the public realm. Moreover, in the European context, Hungarian society is among Europe’s most committed nations to individual freedom and tolerance.

He added that the reasons for this are rooted in our cultural traditions, in Christian freedom, in the struggle for national freedom and in a deep contempt for communism and communist tyranny.

Hungarian freedom means not only political freedom, freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and association, but also the right to defend our families and educate our children as we see fit, the Prime Minister wrote, taking the view that our law is a worthy continuation of the European tradition of freedom.

The debate on the future of Europe – that is, our children – has just begun. We are here, and we stand ready, Mr Orbán wrote in Samizdat No. 10.