Hungarian city council adopts mayor’s proposal to ban Islamic and pro-LGBT expression
- The ban encompasses the construction of mosques or other places of worship in the town of Ásotthalom that “undermine” the Catholic Church as well as forms of devotional expression including face- and hair-coverings and the call to prayer.
- The ordinance also bans “public propaganda” depicting marriage as anything but the union of a man and a woman across all media forms.
- The mayor of the town, site of a fence along the Hungarian-Serbian border, defended the ordinance as protection against the two “pagans” of migration and liberalism, but the Hungarian Islamic Community (MIK) was quick to denounce it as xenophobic.
“Burqas, mosques, ‘gay propaganda’ all banned in Hungarian village” (RT)
“Hungarian Muslim group criticises town’s ‘xenophobic’ decree” (The Guardian)
“Hungarian City Bans Mosques, Burqas And Gay Marriage” (NewNowNext)
“In Hungary’s migrant vote, only the turnout is in doubt” (Reuters, September 2016)
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