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BULGARIA, July 28, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) –The Norwegian women’s beach handball team faced fines after they played a match in shorts instead of the mandatory bikini bottoms.

This dress code was designed by the International Handball Federation (IHF), which is led by 76-year-old Egyptian Dr. Hassan Moustafa, and enforced by the European Handball Federation (EHF), led by its 65-year-old Austrian president Michael Wiederer.

Moustafa has been president of the IHF since 2000. Last June the Egyptian Olympic committee named him its “Lifetime Honorary President” for the role he played in promoting both handball and the Olympics in that country.

Wiederer has been involved in handball associations since 1974.

The head of the Playing Rules and Referees Commission for IHF, Ramón Gallego, abruptly resigned this year due to “political pressure,” according to his tweet.

While the chair remains empty, the other members of the board include Asian Representative Saleh Ashour from United Arab Emirates, African Representative Aimé Mbengue from Senegal, and European Representative Dragan Nachevski from North Macedonia. Other members are Danish François García, and French Bjarne Munk Jensen, and Swedish Monika Hagen.

According to International Handball Federation regulations, male players are permitted to wear tank tops and shorts no longer than 4 inches above the knee.

On the other hand, women are forced to wear midriff-baring tops and bikini bottoms “with a close fit and cut on an upward angle toward the top of the leg” and a maximum side width of just 4 inches.

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Hungary recently took a major step to protect children from having their innocence destroyed and being sexualized by LGBT propaganda in schools and by pornography in the mass media.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition which expresses agreement and respect for the wishes of the sovereign nation of Hungary to protect its children against the onslaught of LGBT indoctrination propaganda and pornography.

Since passage of the bill the fake news outlets from Europe to America have predictably begun to fabricate outrage and, or, simply lie about the contents of the bill. And, the corrupt European Union has also now started to attack Hungary's efforts to protect children.

For doing the hard and good thing, Hungary now needs our support.

The bill, which was passed last week, specifically prohibits showing pornographic material or content portraying homosexuality or transgenderism to minors under the age of 18. Other measures include a registry of sex offenders, regulations on sexual education, and stronger policies against child pornography.

This policy is to be welcomed as a pro-active measure against the liberal and LGBT propaganda machine which is steadily encroaching on Hungary's borders, and which threatens to tear down Christian civilization altogether.

Indeed, the same week that this law was passed in Hungary, Vienna's (Austria) deputy mayor distributed "Rainbow Family" information boxes to 350 kindergartens in the Austrian capital. And, Vienna is only about 50 miles from the Hungarian border! 

But, never satisfied with corrupting the children of their own countries, LGBT activists and their accomplices in the EU have been quick to castigate Hungary, claiming that the Budapest government has "discriminated" against homosexuals with their law to protect children, and in doing so, has violated EU law.

However, Hungary's Justice Minister, Judit Varga, set the record straight in an interview with Hungarian journalists, stating:

"This is one of a number of declarations declaring certain Hungarian measures to be contrary to EU law without a thorough examination. The fake news that has taken wing in these statements is completely unfounded.

In Hungary's view, the legislation has nothing to do with EU law. The issue of subsidiarity and constitutional, national identity is a matter for the Member States. Furthermore, the European Charter of Human Rights also says that a parent has the right to determine the direction of their children's development in a culturally traditional background."

And, more broadly, Viktor Orbán, Hungary's Prime Minister, had this to say about Hungary's new law:

"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 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.

Parents also rightly expect that on platforms used by our children, pornography, sexuality for its own sake, homosexuality and gender reassignment programs should not be available. These restrictions must also be defined with surgical precision. 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."

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Earlier this month, to protest the clothing regulations the sport’s Norwegian federation president called “embarrassing,” the women’s team wore thigh-length elastic shorts during their bronze medal match against Spain in Bulgaria, NBC News reported.

As a result, the team was fined 1,500 euros ($1,700) for “improper clothing,” according to a statement from the European Handball Association's Disciplinary Commission. The members of this commission are not named on the EHA’s website.

Norwegian Handball Federation President Kåre Geir Lio said, “It's not [appropriate clothing for] the activity when they are playing in the sand.”

He explained that the female team trains and competes in “what they want, like the boys” when at home in Norway. However, when playing abroad, the team is subject to the International Handball Federation's clothing rules.

The team had petitioned to be allowed to play in shorts, but in response the EHA threatened to fine or disqualify the team. Nevertheless, on Sunday the players decided to protest and wear shorts.

Player Katinka Haltvik told Norwegian broadcaster NRK, “It was very spontaneous. We thought, ‘Let's just do it now, and then see what happens.’”

Lio said, “I got a message 10 minutes before the match that they would wear the clothing that they were satisfied with. And they got our full support.” This decision was met with approbation both in Norway and abroad, shared over social media.

In response to news that the team had been fined, Norway’s Minister of Culture tweeted in Norwegian, “This is completely ridiculous! How many attitude changes are needed in the old-fashioned international patriarchy of sports?”

“Will you PLEASE tell us why it is necessary for the female beach handball players to wear bikini briefs? Why are the shorts the Norwegian team wore deemed unlawful? And why are the men allowed to wear regular shorts instead of Speedos?” another tweet reads.

Lio revealed that, beginning in 2006, Norwegian Handball Federation began petitioning to allow women to wear shorts in beach handball. In November, the federation plans to submit a motion to change the rules in an extraordinary congress of the IHF.

In a statement, EHF President Michael Wiederer claimed that the EHF “will do all it can to ensure that a change of athlete uniform regulations can be implemented.”

He asserts that EHF was only following the guidelines put forward by the IHF. However, he failed to say if the fines would be retracted.

The American singer Pink tweeted her support of the Norwegian team on July 24, writing, “The European handball federation SHOULD BE FINED FOR SEXISM. Good on ya, ladies. I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you.”

“The concept of ‘modesty’ is experiencing a bit of a golden moment at the Olympics” going on in Tokyo right now, Bethany Mandel wrote at Deseret News on July 27, noting that “This week the German gymnastics team wore a full-body unitard that has traditionally only been donned by women competing from more religious or conservative countries.”

“These young ladies’ push for more uniform control cuts to the heart of why they’re opting for more modest choices: They want to control how sexualized their bodies are by those who are profiting off of them,” she continued. “Gymnasts are some of the most skilled athletes competing in the Olympics, but more than any other discipline, we have recently learned the high price for the sexualization baked into a sport where young women with bodies that still appear prepubescent are running and jumping in what amounts to little more than underwear.”


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