Opinion: Lewis Hamilton’s comment on Hungary’s child protection law shows the essence of the surrounding conflict

Hungarian MPs decided that not everyone is allowed to love whoever they want, and this concerns mainly pedophiles, writes columnist Grzegorz Górny

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Grzegorz Górny
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, Hungary, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

A few days ago, British Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton criticized the Hungarian parliament for passing a law that protects children from pedophilia and sexualization. The famous driver wrote the following on his Instagram account:

“It is unacceptable, cowardly, and misguiding for those in power to suggest such a law. Everyone deserves to have the freedom to be themselves, no matter who they love or how they identify.”

The entry above reveals fundamental disagreement between Hungarian authorities and the British sportsman.

Hamilton emphasized that everyone has a right to be themselves, no matter who they love and how they identify – “everyone”, no matter who they love – so, by extension, this must include pedophiles, as well.

In comparison, Hungarian MPs almost unanimously (only 1 MP out of 199 voted against) decided that not everyone has the right to love whoever they want. There simply is no such right for everyone. It is forbidden, for example, for pedophiles.

Hungarian legislators have decided that no one has a right to sexualize children without the knowledge and consent of their parents. They also stated that no one has a right to advocate gender change and homosexuality among children or to undermine the biological gender identity with which they were born. They believe that it is the state’s responsibility to protect minors from such activity until they are of adult age.

Unlike the Hungarian MPs, Lewis Hamilton believes that the state is behaving unacceptably by passing the aforementioned law. This is because he thinks that it limits the rights which he believes everyone should have. The British racing driver is not alone in his views. A large number of EU elites have a similar position.

The question of who is truly right in this foundational conflict, I leave to you. Soon enough, such an evaluation will be made by Hungarian citizens in a public referendum on whether they support the new law or reject it.

I have a feeling that I know how the majority of those who go to the ballots will vote.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement before the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, Hungary, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (AP Images)

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