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Terrorist Attack against the "Civilization of Death": A Hungarian Response

Terrorist Attack against the "Civilization of Death"

A Hungarian Response

We mourn the massacred journalists, the murdered policemen and hostages in the Paris terrorist attacks. We condemn the terrorist attacks and the killing of the Parisian journalists, considered innocent according to the laws of their country.

The attackers justified their deeds, provoked by the repeated abuse of their religious beliefs and symbols by the French satirical magazine, for which their "culture" imposes the only possible punishment: the death penalty. Yesterday’s demonstration, mobilizing millions of people, proves that France and Europe see it in an entirely different light, and they insist that nothing can limit the freedom of speech, of art and the press, not even faith and its symbols. The mobilization of 80,000 policemen for the apprehension of the three perpetrators of the terrorist attack, the scale of the Paris demonstration yesterday, and the multitude of high-ranking political figures in attendance, leave no doubt that France and the European Union resolutely defend their secularized culture.

Yet, there are other voices. There are some people who think that what the French satirical rag did far overstepped the freedom of the press. There are some people who think that this rag should have been banned at the time when it displayed on its front page the central figures of the Christian faith, the Holy Trinity, as principal characters of an obscene homosexual orgy. But, in the state that succeeded the French Revolution and, in a Europe that was patterned in her image, this abominable blasphemy remained without consequences.

If Europe had learned the lesson from its own history, then this horrible bloodshed might never have happened.

Europe had the opportunity to become acquainted with conflicts which erupted on account of religion and its symbology because, four hundred years ago, the Thirty-Years War with religion-prompted killings, well-nigh exterminated the populace of today’s Western Europe.

The Hungarian response, even then – before its time - was emphatically formulated at the Diet of Torda (January 6-13, 1568), half a century before the outbreak of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Hungary was the first nation in the world to incorporate into law the equality of the accepted religions, declaring that no injury might befall any person because of his religious persuasion.[1].

The resoluteness of France today is moving. But it does not follow from this that societies that let blasphemy go unpunished will be victorious in the life and death struggle, however big earthly powers they might mobilize in the defense of their presumed righteousness.

That civilization, which banishes from its life all that is holy, and allows profanity to take its place in the name of freedom of speech, art or freedom of the press; which eliminates tradition, and, by so doing, serves to vindicate the interests of the contrived ideologies of visible or invisible power groups, threatening individuals, communities, peoples and nations; that civilization, which clears the way for the means of the extinction of human life, built on the cult of same-sex partnerships – that civilization can be called the Civilization of Death. The earmark of this civilization is also its use of the double-standard, which clears the way for the vilification of life-affirming religion, while imposing incarceration for the relativization of the truly inhumane mass-murders of the Second World War.

The terror attack in France and the possibility that it might be repeated have revealed the moral crisis in the European and Atlantic civilizations and their defenselessness, and it must indicate a break. It must be said that, without holiness, there is no human life; that multi-culturalism, falsely promoted by economics or underlying powers, has failed, with all the accompanying consequences. Europe, if she wants to live, must discard the unnatural immigration politics that she has practiced for half a century. Europe must acknowledge that freedom of speech, art or the press should not be allowed to offend the rights of others, their religious persuasions, and their human or national dignity.

Europe must also examine her great-power politics, for the Islamic State with its cult of murder and its killing-cells already penetrating into the fabric of the European societies, would not have been born without the wars afire in the Middle East, which were started with the support of Europe.

Let us mourn for Europe! That Europe, where the Civilization of Death has taken the place of the life-affirming Christianity. However, we believe that there is a way out for Europe.

The Hungarian answer to the crisis in Europe: the Country of the Holy Crown. A state, which embodies Holiness in its name, which, at the same time represents the main power of the state. A state, in which the greatest founding principle is: every person deserves equal dignity. A state in which the ethnic groups and national minorities enjoy the same public rights as the state-founding nation. The future is in the spirit of the Holy Crown.

Europe must also learn from the eighth "admonition" of Saint Stephen, the Christian founder of the Hungarian state, to his son Prince Imre, who also became a saint: Honor and preserve your traditions. For: "Which Greek would administer to the Latins according to the Greek morals, or which Latin would administer to the Greeks according to the Latin morals?"

Concluding words: Therefore, Europe should, without fail, consider: what would happen if it should "turn out" that the outrage in Paris was not the work of some extremist Muslim group?

Budapest, January 12, 2015

PATRUBÁNY Miklós István Ádám

The author is the President of the World Federation of Hungarians

[1] "… in every place the preachers shall preach and explain the Gospel each according to his understanding of it, and if the congregation like it, well. If not, no one shall compel them for their souls would not be satisfied, but they shall be permitted to keep a preacher whose teaching they approve. Therefore none of the superintendents or others shall abuse the preachers, no one shall be reviled for his religion by anyone, according to the previous statutes, and it is not permitted that anyone should threaten anyone else by imprisonment or by removal from his post for his teaching. For faith is the gift of God and this comes from hearing, which hearing is by the word of God."[3]

Source: MVSZ/WFH