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The EU Strikes Again

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Jan 20, 2006

Not to beat a dead horse, but news of the ideological totalitarianism of the European Union appears now almost daily. On January 19th, the EU’s Justice Minister threatened sanctions and eventual expulsion of member states which refuse to approve gay marriage.

Apparently Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland have all decided against legalizing homosexual “marriage”, leaving some EU parliamentarians and Justice Minister Franco Frattini seething with righteous indignation. “Homophobia is a violation of human rights and we are watching member states on this issue and reporting on cases in which our efforts have been unsuccessful,” said Frattini. Frattini’s goal is to have the European Parliament officially designate as the crime of ‘homophobia’ any refusal to grant homosexual couples the same rights as married couples.

Meanwhile, the EU representatives from Poland are holding firm. Jan Tadeusz Masiel called the adoption of children by homosexual couples “repulsive” and “shocking”, and Barbara Kurdycka noted that the EU Parliament would be far exceeding its purpose in dictating what the citizens of member states should think about homosexuality.

The European Union is one of the great hotbeds of radical secularism. Once again the Church’s wisdom in stressing subsidiarity applies, if only because those most committed to secular ideology and least committed to self-determination are generally the quickest to devise ever higher layers of government to remake everybody else in their own image.

And once again, the subject of the quarrel is telling. At the risk of repetition: the European Union is essentially sterile. Unless things change, the EU will be the death of Europe.

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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