Hungarys far-right leader using Christian content to justify his immigration policy
” Europe can discount or deny or struggle against its own identity and its Christian roots. But by doing so national societies commits suicide ,” said Laszlo Kiss-Rigo, the bishop of Szeged, as he drove into Budapest on a recent afternoon.” And the more migrants that come, the more Christian values is likely to be watered down .”
Christian significances, or a particular interpretation of them, have become the centrepiece of Hungarian government messaging under its far-right leader, Viktor Orban, and Kiss-Rigo operates at the nexus of the prime minister’s interests.
As well as his character as bishop, he is also the chairman of Szeged’s neighbourhood football crew, which is owned by the church. He was in Budapest to to arrange for the inaugural concert at a brand-new multipurpose stadium, which will be opened later this summer with an form by Placido Domingo- simply one part of the massive speculation that the football-mad Orban has reached into the sport.
On the matter of migration, and much else, Kiss-Rigo and Orban are singing from the same hymn sheet. The bishop disclaims, for example, that putting up walls to keep beings out of the country doesn’t fit with Christian importances.” Everyone who strikes at your opening and requests admittance is welcome to be examined. But people who jump into your house through the roof should be protected against ,” he said.
Now in his third consecutive period, Orban has increasingly expended far-right and anti-migrant rhetoric as he cements command of “the two countries ” in increasingly tyrannical mode. He will describe his system as an” illiberal democracy”, but recently he has changed focus, preferring instead to call it a “Christian democracy”. The government’s messaging is still based around finish immigration and protecting a “besieged” Europe from outsiders, but it now comes in increasingly Christian package, both at home and abroad.
At a lavish party to mark US independence day in Budapest, Orban told guests that lastly, with the accession of Donald Trump, there was an” overlap of values” between the US and Hungary.” Neither of us is willing to accept the hypocrisy of modern politics, which negligences the fact that Christianity are more persecuted religion globally ,” he said. In a signaling of just how much things have changed in the relationship over the past few years, Trump’s representative David Cornstein announced Orban a” perfect spouse” and arranged for his old friend, the vocalist Paul Anka, to serenade the Hungarian prime minister.
Trump himself showered praise on Orban during a May see to the White House that intent years of isolation in which top US officials shunned Orban’s government over rule-of-law concerns.” You have been great with respect to Christian parishes. You are certainly put a block up and we be acknowledged that very much ,” said Trump, apparently referring to the fence Orban’s government has built along Hungary’s southern margin to keep out migrants.