Thirty-six hours after the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to condemn Hungary for undermining democratic values, one of Prime Minister Victor Orbán’s ministers hit back hard.
Speaking at a gala dinner of the Center for National Security Policy in Washington D.C., Tristan Azbej, Orbán’s state secretary for persecuted Christians, drew wild cheers when he countered that Hungary was in fact being condemned by the EU because “we are not subduing ourselves to the tyranny of political correctness.”
“We close our gates to radical Islam,” Azbej added, “and Hungary will not open up its borders to massive illegal migration.
Regarding the language in the condemnation, Azbej voiced surprise because when a member of the European Parliament speaks of democratic values being undermined, “he usually is referring to a transgender person being unable to use the bathroom of his choice.”
The only official in the world to hold the title of “state secretary of persecuted Christians,” Azbej spoke of the efforts of Hungarians to welcome and resettle displaced Christians in their country.
“Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world,” he emphasized.
The gala celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Center for National Security Policy, a pro-defense organization founded by onetime Reagan Administration official Frank Gaffney. Among those at the event were House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R.-Calif., fellow Republican Reps. Dave Brat, Va., and Jim Jordan, Ohio, and former White House Counselor Steve Bannon.
“I’m honored to be surrounded by friends of the government of Hungary,” declared Azbej.
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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