European Union: Anti-Religious Hate Groups Join Forces to Oust Catholic Politician

Posted on | November 9, 2012 by J.C. von Krempach, J.D. |

Strange things are going on in the EU Institutions. First John Dalli, the EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, was ousted from the European Commission on the basis of (rather flimsy) charges of wrongdoing. Requests to Commission President Barroso to explain why exactly he forced Mr. Dalli to resign have been left unanswered.

As Mr. Dalli is from Malta, it is for the Maltese Government to propose a candidate to replace him as a member of the Commission. The choice has fallen on Mr. Tonio Borg, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Tonio Borg, Foreign Minister of Malta

But immediately after Mr. Borg’s nomination as a candidate had been made public, a well-oiled machinery of defamation and dirty campaigning was set into motion by a coalition of notorious hate groups. This coalition includes the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the European Humanist Federation (EHF), the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA Europe).

Several letters have been circulated by those Hate Groups, in which they seek to incite hatred against Mr. Borg and to mobilize the European Parliament to vote against his appointment.

Letter by the European Humanist Federation

Letter by IPPF, ILGA-Europe, and other Hate Groups

Their argument is: Mr. Borg is Catholic, and we don’t like Catholics.

As becomes evident, this campaign, although seemingly directed against one particular person, is in fact directed against an entire social group, namely Christian (and in particular Catholic) believers: they are to be kept out of politics.

Some examples of Mr. Borg’s “thought-crimes”, which, according to the Coalition of Christianity-Haters, disqualify him as a European Commissioner:

“Tonio Borg supported Malta’s incorrect transposition of the Free Movement Directive (2004/38/EC), for which the European Commission had
started infringement proceedings because it explicitly excluded same-sex couples, breaching EU law.”

Nonsense. Malta’s law did not explicitly exclude same-sex couples. In fact, it did not explicitly mention them. That is not an incorrect transposition of the Directive, which does not foresee such an explicit mention. Needless to say that no action was brought by the Commission against Malta at the European Court of Justice, as such legal action would have been hopelessly ill-founded.

“He said … that same-sex couples and unmarried heterosexual couples do not deserve legal protection, and shouldn’t be able to inherit property from one another…”

Again: nonsense. Homosexuals can, in Malta as elsewhere, inherit from each other. The only question here was whether there should be a legal entitlement to a proportion of the inheritance in cases where no testament has been made. But it would be certainly strange for a country to legislate that each and every casual sex partner should have such entitlements. This would disadvantage a defunct person’s family. In any case, what has this got to do with Health and Consumer Protection, the appointee’s portfolio? And what has it to do with human rights?

“Despite Maltese voters supporting the introduction of divorce in a 2011 referendum (53% in favour), Tonio Borg was one of 11 MPs voting against the divorce bill after the referendum…”

So the 47% of Maltese voters who are against any form of divorce (- by the way: this was an opinion poll, not a binding referendum -) have no right to see their views represented in Parliament??? Decidedly, the Hate Coalition have strange ideas about democracy…

“As Minister for Justice and Home Affairs, Tonio Borg told the conference ‘The Well-Being Of The Unborn Child’ that the Maltese constitution should define life as beginning from conception …. Borg affirmed that “an embryo starts from fertilisation. There is no pre-embryo”, meaning any fertilised egg is a full human embryo”

So this is apparently the worst of all thought-crimes: life begins at conception. Not a particularly “religious” view, though, but simply what empiric science and pure reason tell us: it is at the moment of conception that a new human being with a unique and individual genetic identity comes into being. Without a trace of a doubt, it is (1) human, and (2) not a part of the mother. Obviously, IPPF is horrified. The Haters of Christianity hate unborn children too. In fact, they are haters of humanity.

But in fact, the European Court of Justice, in the case of Brüstle v. Greenpeace, has taken exactly the same position as Mr. Borg: “an embryo starts from fertilisation. There is no pre-embryo”. This is the confirmed position of the ECJ, and this is how EU law must be interpreted. The Hate Coalition’s views on this matter are not only wrong under the perspective of empirical science, but also incompatible with EU legislation. It is grotesque that they portray their misguided opinions as “mainstream”, and the views of the supreme judiciary instittion of the EU as “extremist”. Who are the “extremists” here?

Mr. Borg will have to appear in hearings before the European Parliament early next week. It is expected that some Members of the European Parliament who notoriously entertain close links to these radical lobbies will use the occasion to ask questions about Mr. Borg’s stance on abortion, homosexual marriage, etc., and then proffer shrill accusations of his being out of step with what they pretend to be “our European values”. This strategy is (as one might well expect) both inappropriate and disingenuous. It is inappropriate because those matters simply do not fall into the competence of the EU, and hence have nothing to do with the job for which Mr. Borg is to be appointed. It is disingenuous because the values upon which Europe (or, for that matter, any civilized society) has been built are not those of the latex left. Europe is built on its rich heritage of Judaeo-Christian culture, human rights, and democracy – not on sodomy, abortion, and atheism.

Hate Speakers at the European Parliament: Homosexuality and abortion welcome, Christianity not. (from left to right: M. Cashman, S. in 't Veld, C. Wikström)

Among the most prominent anti-Christian Hate Speakers to be watched are Michael Cashman (UK, Socialist), Sophie In ‘t Veld (Dutch, Liberal), and Cecilia Wikstrom (Sweden, Liberal).

Obviously, the Hate Coalition seek to pre-empt criticism against their bigot and intolerant campaign:

“Borg and his supporters may defend his previous statements/actions as ‘choices of conscience’, ‘personal choices’ or ‘conscientious objection’. Some may also label opposing Dr Borg as ‘anti-Christian’, ‘christianophobic’, or against religion. Dr Borg is entitled to his own views (religious or not), but using such extreme views to define law and policy, and making it a case of conscience above any questioning, would likely prevent him from being a fair-minded commissioner for public health.”

So, any opinion that deviates from the Hate Coalition’s LGBT-cum-abortion-agenda, whether religious or not, is “extremist”? And those who promote same-sex marriage or kill unborn children are the “mainstream”??? Very well, but in that case a majority of Europeans must be “extremists”, too, and should be kept out of politics….

IPPF is notorious for making a living by providing abortion services on an industrial scale as a part of government funded “development aid” policies, spending taxpayers’ money to eradicate the poor (rather than eradicating poverty). ILGA Europe is a fake “non-governmental” organization which, although it appears to hardly have any constituency, is opulently funded by the European Commission with taxpayers’ money. EHF is a group that fights against the human rights of other people, most notably against the freedom of religion and conscience and the freedom of speech. Being hated by these groups is nothing Mr. Borg needs to feel ashamed about.

With their pre-emptive attack against Mr. Borg, the coalition of Hate Groups has set an ugly example of intolerance, bigotry, bullying, defamation and slander. Their ways of making politics is not only despicable, but indeed dangerous for democracy. We hope that the European Parliament will send a clear message to them that such attitudes have no place in the EU, and that the Members of Parliament taking side with the Hate Campaign will not be too numerous.



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