The Fascists are back in Europe-silencing EU
Commissioner for views held by the world’s Moral Majority.
the Daily Mail on Friday October the 29th, 2004 an article by Stephen Glover
on the silencing of Rocco Buttiglione a traditional Catholic for his beliefs,
which are held by countless millions around the world, illustrates the classic
intolerance of the naive politically correct majority in the European
view is further strengthened by the unusual advocacy in defence of Rocco
Buttiglione of our Peter Mandelson –the EU Trade Commissioner.
THE FASCISTS ARE BACK IN
Rocco Buttiglione, an Italian politician, has been denied
the post of European Justice Minister in Brussels. Behind these bland words lies a terrific scandal whose outcome
bodes ill for the 400 million citizens of the EU.
has Mr Buttiglione done? He is a devout Roman Catholic and a friend of the
Pope. As a politician he is a moderate
conservative. He happens also to be a
professor of moral philosophy. The
Italian Government as Italy’s Commissioner in Brussels nominated him.
mistake was to tell the truth.
Interrogated by a committee of the European Parliament two weeks ago, he
expressed views on homosexuality and the role of women, which reflect
mainstream Catholic thought and Catholic teaching. These views have been
described by the great liberal organ the Financial Times as ‘Objectionable’.
How so? On the
subject of homosexuality this is what Mr Buttiglione said:
may think of homosexuality as a sin, but it has no effect unless I say it is a
crime. The State has no right to stick
its nose in this area…The rights of homosexuals should be defended on the same
basis as the rights of all other European citizens. But I don’t accept that homosexuals are a category deserving of
This does not sound particularly extreme to me. Nor do his views on gay marriage, which he
thinks is a matter that each EU member state should work out as it thinks best.
His views on women, which have drawn equal censure from
many members of the European Parliament, are certainly conservative, but hardly
offensive. He told the European
Parliament committee that traditional marriage allows ‘women to have children while having the
protection of a man’. He
explained that,’ we
have to have policies that allow [women] to become mothers and develop their
Mr Buttiglione’s opinions on homosexuality and the role of
women have been attacked by a coalition of Communists, Socialists, Greens (and
to their discredit) so-called Liberals. Yet they would have been shared by
nearly every political persuasion 50 years ago.
Mr Buttiglione believes is what the Pope teaches today and what hundreds of
millions of Roman Catholics in Europe and throughout the world also
profess. I would guess that many
Anglicans and non-believers in this country would find themselves in a least
partial agreement with his sentiments.
Yet Mr Buttiglione has been portrayed by the European
Parliament as a bigot and an extremist, and his appointment as a Commissioner
has been vetoed. Many British labour
and Liberal MEP’s have painted him a dangerous character who cannot be allowed
to hold office in Brussels.
In a futile attempt to appease his critics he has
apologised.’ Words so emotionally charged as sin should perhaps not be
introduced into the political debate.’ He said. ‘I did not intend
in any way to offend the feelings of anybody and , in particular, of women and
homosexuals.’ This handsome apology made
The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel
Barroso, even offered to remove civil liberties-which include gay and lesbian
rights and sex discrimination-from Mr Buttiglione’s portfolio. The Zealots who want his scalp would not shift their
ground. Mr Barroso caved in , and Mr
Buttiglione will either be assigned another job or, much more likely sent back
Whether you share his views or not, this is as nasty an
example of intellectual fascism as one is likely to find. Mr Buttiglione is no fanatic. His beliefs are in the tradition of
Christian thought. They also happen to be
shared, though in much more extreme form, by most Muslim leaders. But if he were a Muslim, I very much doubt that he
would have been treated as he has
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