BUDAPEST, Hungary, February 1, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Hungarian government minister has offered encouragement to pro-family forces throughout the world with recent comments about her nation’s commitment to protecting its uniqueness and its children.
Katalin Novak, Hungary’s Minister for Families, gave an interview to a Portuguese Catholic website in which she discussed part of Hungary’s amendments to its Constitution in December that include the definition of a mother as a woman and of a father as a man.
“With the amendment (to) our Fundamental Law, we have recorded things that are obvious for Hungarian people,” the married mother of three told the Dies Irae interviewer.
“There is an alarming trend where basic truths that humankind held obvious and unquestionable are now being disputed,” she continued.
“Political ideology seems to trump science and reason.”
Although the transgender “trend” has not yet arrived in Hungary, the government decided to pass legislation to protect the definition of man and woman as determined by biology, rather than by political ideology. As well, Hungary’s ninth constitutional amendment respects the biology underpinning motherhood and fatherhood. They did this to protect children from the transgender agenda.
“We want to defend our children and let them be children without using them for any ideological base,” Novak said.
A “central part of the Hungarian government’s thinking is that the best interests of the child and well-being are paramount.”
In Portugal, a left-wing party proposed in 2017 that children over 16 who want to “change their sex” should be allowed to sue their parents if they don’t grant permission. Novak said that this tendency, still foreign to Hungarians, is why the country needed to take legal steps to protect children from the ideology.
“The mental and physical development of children is a very fragile thing,” she observed.
“Teenagers are especially vulnerable to influence — all parents may witness to this.”
PETITION UPDATE (12/11/2020)
Right before Thanksgiving, YouTube deleted a LifeSite video of a distinguished Canadian physician protesting the "unfounded public hysteria" over COVID-19 and accused us of spreading "medical misinformation."
Our account was suspended, and we were prohibited from posting videos on our YouTube channel for one week. And, while that may not seem like a big deal, it's a huge deal for a news organization like LifeSite.
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And, we're not the only ones.
In a recent turn of events, YouTube just announced that it will remove videos alleging widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
But, what is YouTube afraid of? The truth???
Thankfully, however, there is a one, big bright spot on the horizon: 48 states filed suit against Facebook just this week.
And, although this seems like a step in the right direction, the draconian measures which YouTube just rolled out, which are already wielded by Twitter, are an assault against free speech.
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PETITION UPDATE (11/18/2020)
Everyone thought the censorship by Big Tech corporations would decrease after the 2020 election, but the truth is that censorship is being felt just as much as it was before the election.
And, given the election outcome, perhaps Big Tech censorship now is even more consequential than it was before the election!
The two biggest social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, and other Big Tech companies, are still censoring and suppressing stories and posts favorable to conservatives, and especially anything that has to do with election fraud.
Here are a few recent examples:
- Women for America First organized the March for Trump on November 14, which was shut down by Facebook, MailChimp and Eventbrite. Despite Big Tech’s best efforts to cancel the event, the march went on and gathered a huge crowd.
- Twitter has been suppressing a large number of President Trump’s Tweets. Most of his Tweets have been flagged arbitrarily with a warning stating: “This claim about election fraud is disputed."
Please READ this recent article about Big Tech's attempt to choke information conerning the recent Million MAGA March in Washington, DC: '5 things mainstream media won’t tell you about massive DC ‘Stop the Steal’ rally'
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PETITION UPDATE (10/15/2020)
In a remarkable development, Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham have announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will be issuing subpoenas to Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Facebook's Mark Zuckerburg for their company's suppression of two critical expose news stories about how Hunter Biden and the Biden Family allegedly profited from business deals made because of Joe Biden's position as Vice President.
Please WATCH LifeSite's exclusive video of the announcement by Senator Ted Cruz below.
According to the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham, the subpoenas will be issued next Tuesday, for hearings to be held on Friday of next week.
This is a MASSIVE development, and should be welcomed by those who champion freedom of speech.
Again, this is all happening because Twitter and Facebook refuse to allow their members to share stories which would be favorable to conservatives.
Here's the timeline:
Yesterday, Twitter and Facebook suppressed a NY Post story about how Hunter Biden allegedly profited from introducing a Ukrainian businessman to his then-Vice President father, Joe Biden. The story also alleges that Vice President Biden then subsequently pressured Ukrainian authorities to fire a prosecutor who was investigating the businessman's company.
And, just this morning, Twitter suppressed another expose by the NY Post alleging that the Biden Family improperly profitted from deals made with one of the largest Chinese energy companies because of Vice President Biden's position in government.
But, right after the story broke, Senator Cruz tried to share the latest story on Twitter and was blocked. Twitter says that they are blocking the stories because they claim that the information was obtained illegally. However, Twitter showed no problem allowing illegally obtained information about President Trump's tax returns to be shared.
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PETITION UPDATE (9/17/2020)
Big Tech is out to kill free speech. LifeSite is out to protect it!
LifeSite has been digging deep into the many claims of liberal bias and selective censorship of pro-life, pro-family, and conservative voices on social media.
And, we are now launching our new series 'Uncensored: Big Tech vs. Free Speech', which will unpack how the actions of Big Tech censors actually affect conservative and Christian organization and individuals.
Please WATCH the first video in our series featuring Brigitte Gabriel, the Founder of ACT For America, one of the nation's premier national security grassroots organizations.
Ms. Gabriel's organization, ACT For America, has been targeted by Big Tech especially in the manipulation of search results.
Big Tech “think[s] they are God and they are exercising their godly power over everybody else,” Gabriel explained. "Because in today's world, anytime you want to find out any information about somebody, what do you do? Google. You go to the internet to find out some information about them. When you research anything about somebody, the first thing that comes up [in the search results] is the Southern Poverty Law Center’s labeling of ‘hate groups.’”
“And who are the ‘hate groups’? Family Research Council is a hate group because they are pro-family. American Family Radio is a hate group…LifeSiteNews is a hate group. My organization is a hate group because we sound the alarm about terrorism and protecting our constitutional freedom. And so they try to character assassinate you. And they control the language.”
LifeSite's research shows that Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, and others have become far too dangerous for democracy.
They can and do sway elections and public opinion in whatever direction they want, primarily by manipulating search results, tracking our online behavior, and by blocking truthful content from their platforms.
Today, LifeSite is starting to fight back, with facts and with stories of conservatives and Christians who are being negatively impacted by Big Tech's liberal bias.
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The outrageous erasing of the White Coat Summit from the internet is only the latest in a long series of brazen acts of censorship against conservatives and all those who support legitimate free speech.
You may agree or disagree with the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine against the coronavirus, but everyone should agree on this point:
No Big Tech company should have the power to erase from the internet the medical opinions of licensed practicing doctors simply because they do not like what they have to say about the coronavirus or their experience treating it. Americans and other free peoples do not need leftist computer programmers deciding what the best course of medical treatment is for them.
Google/Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and their Big Tech friends want to control what you see, what you read, what you think, and ultimately, how you vote. Not only do they spend hundreds of millions of dollars on lobbying congress and buttering up big Washington DC think tanks, but now they brazenly and directly censor any content they don't want you to see.
Big Tech, like other interest groups, aggressively lobby to help their businesses thrive, but increasingly, Big Tech is using blatant internet censorship to impose its radical world view over those they consider to be "deplorables."
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In 2016, emails revealed by Fox News' Tucker Carlson proved that Google tried to influence the election by affecting voter turnout. Thankfully they failed. But they didn't give up. Instead, they have been preparing and testing how to manipulate information to continue to abuse their monopolistic power.
In 2018, Google/Youtube et. al. succeeded in manipulating the Irish abortion referendum by blacklisting pro-life videos, manipulating pro-life search terms and results and intentionally withholding pro-life information. Again, this is not an opinion or a conspiracy theory, Project Veritas obtained first hand information proving the intentional censorship by Big Tech.
And the Coronavirus has just made things worse. You see, scared people are more easily manipulated into giving up their freedom of speech. Children are being kept from going to school, tens of millions of Americans are out of work, and rioting has broken out in most major American cities.
Now, more than ever, freedom of speech is necessary to secure all of our freedoms. Freedom of speech is crucial to truly exercise the freedom to vote for the person that best represents one's own views, or the freedom to decide what course of medical treatment to accept - especially the decision to control what vaccines are administered to our children.
Some experts, like Dr. Robert Epstein, a behavioral psychologist who has testified before congress against Big Tech believes that we may already be too late to control Big Tech's tyrannical control over information.
President Trump took a step in the right direction with his Executive Order calling for increased regulation of Big Tech. But much more can be done and needs to be done right now.
In an era where almost everything is polarized, there is an overwhelming support for breaking up the Big Tech monopolies. A recent Pew poll found that 75% of Americans believe that Big Tech companies have too much influence.
It is time to bring serious accountability to Big Tech for their attempts to use their monopolies to kill free speech.
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Leaked Google employee's email reveals effort to boost Latino vote, surprise that some voted for Trump - https://www.foxnews.com/tech/leaked-google-employees-email-reveals-effort-to-boost-latino-vote-surprise-that-some-voted-for-trump
Undercover video proves Google interfered in Irish abortion referendum - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/americans-overwhelmingly-agree-big-tech-has-too-much-power-pew-poll
The Minister for Families pointed out that children “have limited responsibility for their own actions for a reason,” and there are also reasons why they may not drink alcohol, drive, or vote in elections. Both parents and the state have the obligation to defend children and protect their best interests. She did not want to pass judgment on Portuguese society, however, saying every society is responsible for its own future and “the future of (its) children.”
The right of Hungary to remain Hungarian, populated by Hungarian children rather than immigrants from abroad, was another theme that was discussed in the interview. Novak said Hungarians do not share the “materialistic view” that immigration can solve demographic problems.
“Rejecting family values and promoting immigration go hand in hand,” she said.
“If family, childbearing and common heritage have no value, then illegal immigrants do not pose any risk and mass immigration is just a matter of numbers required on the labour market,” she continued.
“Healthy families are no longer necessary because reproduction is of no importance and immigration can solve demographics. It is a very materialistic view and we do not share this view. If families and reproduction are no longer connected, then family, marriage and sexuality can be whatever you want it to be and are merely a matter of fashion and ideology.”
Novak has been involved in Hungary’s family policies since 2014 and says the nation has been “building a family-friendly country since 2010.” This is to protect Hungarian culture and heritage, which includes the traditional definition of the family, and pass it on to future generations.
“The goal is to enable young couples to realize their family goals on one hand, and on the other, to strengthen families already raising children,” she explained.
To do this, Hungary has created “the most extensive family benefit in the Western world,” Novak said, and 5 percent of the country’s total GDP goes toward supporting families. The more children a family has, the less personal income tax the parents have to pay.
“Mothers with at least four children are exempt from paying personal income tax for the rest of their lives,” Novak remarked.
There are also supports for working parents, benefits for parents either who stay at home with a child under three, or return to work, and housing subsidies for families. A new law will ensure that women who have children will earn more than they did before giving birth. As a result of all these family-friendly policies, the national fertility rate “has increased by more than 20 percent”, the numbers of marriages are at a “40-year high,” and divorce is at a 60-year low, the Minister for Families reported.
Novak underscored that the strength of society depends on the strength of the family.
“Families are the basic units of any society, the smallest and closest community of all communities,” she said.
“They are the fabric of our society; if we undo this fabric, our societies as a whole will come apart,” she continued.
“It is where children experience and learn love, solidarity, but also responsibility and the value of community. Not all children are lucky enough to grow up in a happy family, but it is the interest of society and therefore the duty of the state to help and defend families.”
Novak also pointed out that there is no future for a society that does not want children. Although other European leaders have not faced up to this, the Hungarian government is committed to perpetuating Hungarians.
“A society where people do not want to have children, do not believe it is worthwhile to reproduce, is condemned to death,” Novak said.
“The fact that the fertility rate in all European countries does not meet the replacement fertility says a lot about our values and our socio-economic model. For some reason, European leaders do not want to acknowledge this situation. (They) care about climate change and the future of our planet, but do not care about the fact that there needs to be new generations to give our planet to. This is why we want to give opportunity to Hungarians to have as many children as they want.”
Novak acknowledged that that left-wing voices have been loud and strident against her country, but she took this as sign of her government’s integrity.
“If we are attacked by the left, it must mean that we are not pursuing leftist ideologies but conservative values; this is what we were elected to do,” she said.
“A few years ago, a Portuguese communist led (an) effort in the European Parliament against Hungary. We have been re-elected twice since then.”
Meanwhile, Novak points out that Hungary has suffered from both communism and socialism, and that it is hard for people who have escaped socialism to understand why it is still “a romantic dream for many in Western Europe.”
“In Hungary, socialist governments have wrecked the country with long lasting consequences in 1919, 1989 and 2009,” she said.
“We feel the effect and suffer the consequences of all three until this day.”
On December 15, 2020, the Hungarian Parliament also amended the country’s constitution to define marriage as being between a man and woman, and passed a law effectively banning adoption by same-sex couples.
The newly amended text of the Constitution reads: “Hungary protects the institution of marriage as the association between a man and a woman and the family as the basis for the survival of the nation. The foundation of the family is marriage and the parent-child relationship.”