The ultra-conservative mayor of a southern Hungarian town has just banned any open expressions of Islam, including building mosques and wearing burqas and headscarves. He’s also targeted the local LGBT community by blocking same-sex marriage.
Laszlo Toroczkai, mayor of Asotthalom near the Serbian border, announced the bans on Facebook last Wednesday after meeting with the town council.
“Instead of looking for a scapegoat, I offer an immediate solution, a defense against the forced mass resettlement [of migrants] by Brussels,” Toroczkai wrote.
“Today the Asotthalom village council adopted my proposal…to defend our community and traditions from any plan for the outside resettlement [of migrants],” he continued. “All that needs to be done is for the rest of Hungary’s municipalities to adopt our preventative action package, and with that we will have defended our homeland.”
Toroczkai’s plan to defend his community involves prohibiting the construction of any religious buildings that aren’t explicitly Catholic as well as placing bans on traditional calls to prayer and face coverings, including hijab, niqab and burqa.
The proposal also forbids any “public propaganda” that portrays marriage as anything other than “between a man and woman. This includes any public activity, performance, demonstrations, billboard, leaflet, or audio advertisement.”
Toroczkai hopes these restrictions will protect his village from the two great evils of the modern age: migration from the south and “extreme liberalism” from the West.
“I want to be an example to other pioneering local authorities on how to protect themselves from external resettlement or any other subversive intentions,” he said at the council meeting, according to delmagyar.hu.
This past March, Hungary blocked a draft agreement at the Council of the European Union, which called on the European Commission to tackle homophobia and transphobia across the continent by instituting discrimination protections and providing money to research abuses suffered by LGBT folks.