In a "samizdat" letter, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said only parents should be the ones to decide on the sex education of their children.
The prime minister said that whereas alarm bells were going off across Europe over Hungary’s new laws on paedophilia, the law passed on Tuesday was not in conflict with any “lofty ideals” or European laws. It “simply states clearly that only parents can decide on the sex education of their children.” The prime minister said education in schools must not be in conflict with the will of parents, but should at most be supplementary. Its form and content must be clearly defined and it must be subject to parental consent.
PM Orbán said the current “left-wing campaign against Hungary” was further proof that the left was “the enemy of freedom”, arguing that “instead of freedom of speech, they want political correctness as defined by them, and hegemony of opinion instead of a pluralism of ideas”. “Let’s face it, this movement is eternal, and its new slogan is no longer ‘Proletarians of the world, unite!’ but ‘Liberals of the world, unite!'” PM Orbán wrote. This, he added, reinforced “the Central European conviction that today’s liberals are in fact communists with degrees”.