Apologists for Shariah, the Islamic religious code, in liberal democracies take note. Right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wants to replace liberal democracy with a “modernized version of Christian democracy”. Orban holds liberal democracy responsible for Hungary’s demographic decline and influx of immigrants.
“Christian democracy protects us from migration, defends the borders, supports the traditional family model of one man, one woman, considers the protection of our Christian culture as a natural thing,” he said, speaking on Hungarian radio on May 25.
Orbán was re-elected for a third successive term as prime minister in April on an anti-immigration plank. “We are working on building an old-school Christian democracy, rooted in European traditions…We believe in the importance of the nation and in Hungary we do not want to yield ground to any supranational business or political empire,” he said, according to a Reuters report.
“In Brussels nowadays, there are thousands of paid activists, bureaucrats and politicians working to have migration declared a fundamental human right. Therefore they want to deprive us of the right to decide for ourselves who we let in to the country and who we refuse entry to,” he said.
Our response to this changed world, the Hungarian people’s response, has been to replace the shipwreck of liberal democracy by building 21st-century Christian democracy. This guarantees human dignity, freedom and security, protects equality between men and women and the traditional family model, suppresses anti-Semitism, defends our Christian culture and offers our nation the chance of survival and growth. We are Christian democrats, and we want Christian democracy,” he said.
Often called a “dictator” and an “autocrat”, Orbán is known for his promotion of the idea of an “illiberal state”. This is how a Politico article describes it: “Inspired by the alleged successes of illiberal states like Russia, China, Turkey and Singapore, Orbán promises a new order that puts the collective goals of the Hungarian people—including the more than two million of them living in neighboring countries that were once part of the Hungarian Kingdom—ahead of the liberal goal of maximizing individual liberty.”