Birth of a Christian nation-state

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European identity rests on Christian foundations and Hungary is a nation-state because its national culture is based on Christian values, said Speaker of the House László Kövér in an interview on the eve of Hungary’s national day, August 20.

The holiday falls on the feast day of Stephen I. (later known as St. Stephen), the founder of the Hungarian state, who was canonized in 1083. He was crowned December 25, 1000 A.D. (or, according to other accounts, January 1, 1001) with a crown sent by Pope Sylvester II.

Portrayal of Stephen I.

Portrayal of Stephen I., King of Hungary on the coronation pall

Speaker of the Parliament Kövér said that Hungary, by protecting national culture, is in a more general sense also defending the civilisation and culture of the entire European continent.

Hungary has joined the European community as a newcomer and as the prime minister said, we can say that ‘we are the future of Europe’

Köver said the essence of St. Stephen’s laws has lived on for a thousand years in a historic constitution, the spirit of which was passed down from generation to generation until a “regrettable interval” that began in 1947-48, a reference to the constitution passed August 18, 1949 by the Hungarian parliament during Soviet occupation. That constitution was modelled after the 1936 Soviet constitution and drafted in large part by Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin.

The state, government and parliament must, if needed, boost the self-defence capabilities of society and its members even through laws serving that purpose.

Greek philosophy, Roman law and Christian ethics based on the Ten Commandments are the spiritual foundations of Europe

The values based on these foundations are nowadays threatened by the mass arrival of people from other cultures, who are unwilling to respect the letter of European laws and its moral rules even less.

Hungary’s new Parliament must increase its supervisory role and “the sine qua non condition of creating security is the protection of identity and the cultural-spiritual character of the nation.”

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