A coalition of humanists and homosexual activists is flouting EU procedures to stop the confirmation of Dr. Tonio Borg, Malta’s Foreign Minister, to the post of EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy due to the fact that he is a Catholic.
The fact that Dr. Tonio is a Catholic should not be an issue under Annex XVII of the European Parliament’s own Rules of Procedure, which stipulates that European commissioners are to be designated solely on the basis of their competence and knowledge of their prospective portfolio. Dr. Borg’s personal beliefs thus should not and cannot be used to evaluate his suitability for the post.
However, the European Humanist Federation, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, and the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) are focusing their attacks on Dr. Borg’s Catholic faith and his personal views on issues like abortion, same-sex ‘marriage’ and divorce.
The ILGA receives 70% of its annual budget from the EU.
As well as holding a senior post in the Maltese government, Dr Borg has academic qualifications in administrative and human rights law, and decades of experience in his country’s Justice and Home Affairs Ministries.
The coalition of humanists and gays have attacked Dr. Borg’s Catholic faith asserting that he does not share ‘European values’, going so far as to assert that he has ‘extremist values’ because he is a Catholic.
European Dignity Watch reports:
‘In other words, according to these vocal lobby groups, simply holding Christian beliefs on social issues is a sign of ‘extremism’.
This would have certainly surprised the ‘founding fathers’ of European integration, many of whom were devout Christians who based the European project on Christian principles such as subsidiarity, as well as human dignity and solidarity.
The vast majority of European citizens today are Christians. To portray Christianity as ‘extremism’ is hateful and intolerant propaganda. But much of it is disseminated by various NGOs who themselves hold the rather extreme views of a minority of radical secularists,abortion and LGBT advocates. But the message of their sabre-rattling in the lead-up to the hearing is clear: European values are not Christian values—and Christian values are incompatible with European values.
There is a fundamental arrogance in the assertion made by Dr. Borg’s opponents that only views closely aligned with their own can be considered ‘truly European’—that their secularist, pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage and anti-Christian agenda is ‘more European’ than mainstream views. But this campaign is not about having a public debate on European values, it is about denying a qualified person the right to hold a high-ranking office in the EU because he is a Christian.
The simple fact is that these groups are trying to use the veil of ‘European values’ to advance their own radical agenda. They seem to have forgotten the Preamble of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, which speaks of “respecting the diversity of the cultures and traditions of the peoples of Europe.” It also explicitly recognises Europe’s “spiritual and moral heritage”, of which Dr. Borg is a dignified exponent.
In the days leading up to Tuesday’s hearing, the MEPs on the interviewing committees ought to consider very carefully whether they will be guided by these Rules of Procedure and the broader, democratic ideals of the EU—including religious liberty, as well as freedom of thought and expression—or whether they will simply allow themselves to be cowed by radical special interests and well-funded lobby groups, which hold views that are not representative of the majority of Europeans.
Protect the Pope comment: What we are witnessing in the confirmation hearing of Dr. Tonio looks like a re-run of the anti-Catholic campaign against the appointment of Rocco Buttiglione to the European Commission.
Rocco Buttiglione was forced to withdraw his nomination because he was condemned for being a Catholic. If the same fate happens to Dr. Tonio the Holy See should re-consider its positive attitude towards the EU, at last realizing that it has abandoned its original Christian ideals and has become a major purveyor of the Culture of Death in all its evil guises.