Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hungary’s ombudsman has turned to the Constitutional Court with a request that it abolishes a November decree by the local council of the village of Ásotthalom, in southern Hungary, which, among other things, bans Muslim calls to prayer.

The ombudsman’s office said the decree is unconstitutional, violates freedom of speech and religious freedom. Further, it goes against the right to equal treatment.

Ásotthalom council also banned the covering of the entire body and head as well as the partial or complete covering of the face.

The decree also forbids “any kind of propaganda activity” which presents marriage as anything other than a union between a man and a woman.



Toroczkai reacted to the news by saying that he won’t back down; if the Constitutional Court abolishes the municipal council decision, they will reintroduce it with different wording.

Toroczkai said he had plenty of creative ideas how to evade legal complications. One of them is to stop using terms like burqa, chador, burkini and other “offending” terminologies in the new resolution.

Under communism humor and the creative use of language were widely used to circumvent state censorship. Hungarians used these mediums in all areas of life including poetry, and rock music to communicate taboo subjects to each other.

The use of humor and metaphors is devastating to evil; it can’t combat these techniques; that’s why French humorist Dieudonné M'bala M'bala was persecuted and silenced, as evil understands only brute force.

Metaphors operate on many levels, but the context always clarifies the intended meaning.

Creativity, humor and the deployment of metaphorical language are time-tested methods in the fight against evil; they proven effective in the darkest days of communism.


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