Hungarys far-right leader apply Christian theme to justify his immigration policy
” Europe can discount or disavow or struggle against its own identity and its Christian roots. But by doing so the society 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 costs will be irrigated down .”
Christian appreciates, 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 make arrangements for the inaugural concert at a new multipurpose stadium, which will be opened afterwards the summer months with an form by Placido Domingo- precisely one part of the massive speculation that the football-mad Orban has acquired into the sport.
On the matter of migration, and much else, Kiss-Rigo and Orban are singing from the same hymn sheet. The bishop repudiates, for example, that putting up walls to keep beings out of the country doesn’t fit with Christian qualities.” Everyone who knockings at your entrance and questions admittance is welcome to be examined. But people who jump into your mansion through the ceiling should be protected against ,” he said.
Now in his third consecutive word, Orban has increasingly utilized far-right and anti-migrant rhetoric as he cements command of the country in increasingly authoritarian way. 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 halt immigration and protecting a “besieged” Europe from outsiders, but it now comes in increasingly Christian box, both at home and abroad.
At a lavish party to mark US independence day in Budapest, Orban told guests that ultimately, with the accession negotiations 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 forgets the fact that Christianity is the most persecuted belief globally ,” he said. In a mansion of just how much things have changed in the relationship over the past few years, Trump’s representative David Cornstein announced Orban a” perfect marriage” and arranged for his old friend, the vocalist Paul Anka, to serenade the Hungarian prime minister.
Trump himself lavished praise on Orban during a May trip to the White House that intention 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 mete to keep out migrants.