Without Christian culture there will be no free life in Europe
In the Garden of the National Museum in Budapest on March 15, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that “We want the scales to fall from the eyes of the peoples of Europe, and for them to realise and understand this: that without Christian culture there will be no free life in Europe; and that if we fail to defend our Christian culture we will lose Europe, and Europe will no longer belong to Europeans.”
On March 15, one of our most important national holidays, Hungarians remember and commemorate the outbreak of the revolution of 1848 against the oppressing Habsburg Empire. It was led by national heroes like Lajos Kossuth, István Széchenyi and Ferenc Deák who demanded the freedom of the press, an independent national government and the annual assembly of Parliament in Pest.
At the official ceremony marking the annual commemoration of the 1848–1849 Revolution and Freedom Fight, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán gave a speech to the whole nation in the Hungarian National Museum‘s Garden.
He stressed that without Christian culture there is no Hungarian freedom, and neither is there a free Hungary, “regardless of one’s personal belief in God, or lack of belief.”
Mr. Orban observed that the Hungarians of the first millennium chose to adopt Christianity from their own free will, and later Hungarians fought tooth and nail for it – against the will of the Ottomans and the Soviet communists.
“To be truly free one cannot be the subject of an empire: one must be the child of a free nation. A European can only be happy if they are allowed to freely decide their own fate and the fate of their nation.”
The Prime Minister declared that “every year we have vowed by the God of the Hungarians that we shall stand up for our freedom and reject the role of slaves.
The notion of freedom, he said, is rooted in Christianity, because before God everyone is equal. He added that the Fundamental Law of Hungary also recognises the role of Christianity in preserving nationhood.
He described 15 March as the promise of national unity, quoting the first line of “The 12 Points” of the young freedom-fighters of 1848: “Let there be peace, liberty and concord”.
According to Mr. Orbán, “Our freedom fights have repeatedly ended in occupation, but we have never been truly defeated. Here – in the shadow of empires and at the crossroads of civilisations – in the end, we won all our wars for the survival of the homeland and the nation, and for Christian culture.”
The Prime Minister stressed that in the Europe of 1848 it was the Hungarians who fought the longest, and in 1956 it was also the Hungarians who turned to confront the Soviet army: the world’s largest. “And, at the southern borders of Hungary, it was also we who halted the migrant invasion launched against Europe.”
“It is also we who want a strong Europe, strong nation-states and strong leaders at the head of Europe – not bringing problems here, but taking help there, to where it is needed.”
The Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki was the guest of honour at Hungary’s official commemoration event on 15 March. In his address, he highlighted that Hungarian-Polish friendship extends back centuries, and is still alive today when Polish flags fly in the wind on Hungarian holidays.
Prime Ministers Viktor Orbán and Mateusz Morawiecki shaking hands
The day before the national holiday and celebrations, on Thursday, Zoltán Kovács, the Minister of State for International Communication and Relations gave an interview to the Hungarian news agency MTI, where he talked in the same manner.
Neither the Hungarian government, nor Fidesz will compromise on the issues of migration and the protection of Europe and European Christian culture; on these we insist at any cost,
The Minister of State said as long as there is a chance to stop the processes which seek to support migration and to change the attitudes of politicians within the EPP, “we on our part will do everything we can”. We are ready to reach reasonable compromises on all issues, with the exception of the need to stop migration and the protection of European Christian culture, he added.