Fascism on the Rise in Hungary

Last week in Tablet, I published a reported piece about the rise of Hungary's Jobbik, Europe's largest parliamentary fascist party. Jobbik focuses its ire on Jews and Gypsies, and is now adding gays to the mix:

The radical nationalist Jobbik party on Wednesday submitted an amendment proposal seeking to ban “promotion of sexual deviations”, MP Adam Mirkoczki, the proponent of the bill, told a press conference.

The bill is aimed at protecting “public morals and the mental health of the young generations” from homosexuality, trans-sexuality, transvestitism, bisexuality, and paedophile behaviours, the deputy said.

The legal changes to several laws would include a ban on advertisements or programmes presenting the above behaviours as socially acceptable or as examples to be followed.

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