This week, on 19 January to be more precise, the European Parliament issued a resolution, submitted by the socialist, green, liberal and communist fractions (the "European pink"), condemning Lithuania for its alleged discrimination of homosexuals, and calling on the Lithuanian parliament to withdraw a draft law that would punish the "public promotion of homosexuality". According to the authors, their resolution was triggered by "a series of worrying events" like the adoption of a Law on the protection of minors against the detrimental effects of public information and an attempted ban by local authorities on holding gay pride marches. In the future, gay prides should be allowed everywhere and minors should be able to access information about homosexuality freely.
This attack of the 'European pink' against a state, which only twenty years ago was a member of another union, is very worrying and perfectly illustrates (again) how the European Union is evolving. National governments are no longer allowed to take a tough stance on criminal foreigners or to adopt a stringent immigration policy. National parliaments are no longer allowed to protect minors in their country against homosexual influence. All in the name of the new European values imposed by an alliance between European institutions and agencies like the notorious Fundamental Rights Agency. 'Homophobia', 'transphobia', 'discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation' and of course 'gender identity' is the European newspeak of the European Left, designed to dictate its ideology and its way of thinking on the rest.
This reminds me of the way the Italian Rocco Buttiglione was treated in 2004. Most of you know the story. Mr Buttiglione, an Italian Christian Democrat politician at the time and Professor of political science at Saint Pius V University in Rome, was nominated by the Italian government for the post of European Commissioner for Justice, civil liberties and security. This nomination almost immediately resulted in controversy. Mr Buttiglione was namely considered to be one of the closest friends and counsellors of Pope John Paul II and had outspoken views on homosexuality, artificial insemination and abortion. In his view, practicing homosexuality is a sin and
"the family exists in order to allow women to have children and to have the protection of a male who takes care of them".
During a three-hour hearing before the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home affairs, he carefully reiterated his views on these issues but also clearly insisted that this personal opinion would not prevent him from dutifully doing his job as a commissioner.
"I may think that homosexuality is a sin, and this has no effect on politics, unless I say that homosexuality is a crime. Many things may be considered immoral which should not be prohibited",
Mr Buttiglione correctly said. Of course the 'European pink' had smelled blood and wanted his head. That Mr Buttiglione also had clear views and plans for a much more stringent European immigration policy made things for the left even worse. Asked about his country's decision to deport many of the illegal immigrants who arrive(d) on the Italian shores each year, he said: "This is not an expulsion. It is a refusal for entry at the border, which is in accordance with international law.".
It became clear that the new Commission would not survive a vote in the European Parliament and the Italian government was forced to withdraw Buttiglione's nomination. In subsequent comments, Mr Buttiglione said:
"The new soft totalitarianism that is advancing on the left wants to have a state religion. It is an atheist, nihilistic religion - but it is a religion that is obligatory for all."
During the debate in the parliament, two representatives of the 'European pink' manifested themselves as defenders of these "European values", namely the German socialist Martin Schulz and the leader of the Green fraction, Daniel Cohn-Bendit. In 2001 Daniel Cohn-Bendit was accused of paedophilia on the basis of following citation from his 1975 book Le Grand Bazar:
"On several occasions certain kids would open my fly and start to stroke me. I reacted differently according to circumstances, but their desire posed a problem for me. I asked them:Why don't you play together? Why have you chosen me, and not the other kids?' But if they insisted, I caressed them still."
Asked to clarify whether there was actual physical contact with the children, Cohn-Bendit replied that:
"We tried (...) a collective discourse of a new sexual morality yet to be defined."
Cohn-Bendit did not say there was no sexual contact with children. To conclude, the new European values are in good hands with inquisitors of the likes of Schulz and Cohn-Bendit.