For a couple of years, and at the instigation of the European Union (and its anti-discrimination directives), so called “Equality Bodies” have been mushrooming all around the EU’s Member States, lavishly funded by taxpayers who mostly don’t even know about their existence. One such Body is called UNAR, “Ufficio antidiscriminazioni razziali”. It is directly attached to the Italian Prime Minister’s Office and, as its name says, its stated mission is to fight “racism”. But it does so mostly by generously handing out money grants to all kinds of NGOs claiming to “fight discriminations”, including same-sex pressure groups, without taking a close look at how that money is spent. As it has now emerged, part of it was actually used not even for the financing of LGBT political activism, but directly for the financing of a homosexual brothel (involving gay orgies, prostitution, etc.).
The Prime Minister’s Office reacted by stressing its “respect for the role, and the work accomplished by, UNAR, which has been set up in the context of the implementation of EU Directive 2000/43 against all Forms of Discrimination“. The money used for the gay orgies has not yet been recovered.
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One of the greatest defenders of the US Constitution in the 20th Century, Phyllis Schlafly, passed away on 5 September aged 92. During 70 years of political activism she did perhaps more to defend the integrity of the Constitution, as well as the dignity of American womanhood, than any other individual. Continue reading
In a judgment released today the Court of Justice has at last recognized what legal experts have been warning about for many years: the EU’s sweeping “anti-discrimination” legislation can easily be misused by quarrelsome litigants.
In today’s decision in the case of Nils-Johannes Kratzer v R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG (Case C-423/15), it is therefore clarified that law courts must verify whether a plaintiff has applied for a job because he was genuinely interested, or only for the purpose of making his application the basis of a vexatious lawsuit.
Mr. Kratzer claimed to have been the victim of “age discrimination”. The CJEU’s judgment can however apply to all kinds of discrimination claims, including those based on alleged discrimination on grounds of “gender” or “sexual orientation”.
Last year we reported about an incident in Vienna in which the owner of a café politely asked to women to continue their French kisses and other expressions of mutual sexual attraction elsewhere than on his premises, as the other visitors of the café were not keen on being witnesses of this exchange of intimacies. Oh horror, two “LGBT persons” had become the victims of “discrimination”! Obviously, this lead to an outcry of the international LGBT-lobby, the vandalization of the entrance of the café, a concerted protest on Facebook, and a big “kiss-in” (which actually took on quite aggressive forms) right in front of the café. And of course, the usual politicians calling for stricter “anti-discrimination” rules. Continue reading
Responding to a question from a Member of Parliament, the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, said that he didn’t think that agreement on the controversial Equal Treatment Directive will be reached during the upcoming Dutch EU Presidency.
The question was triggered by an op-ed by former Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, who severely criticized the Commission proposal, which he considers is at odds with fundamental legal rules and EU core principles. Continue reading
Yet another setback for the feminist-cum-gender-ideology promoted by the Luxembourg Presidency.
In yesterday’s meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, Ministers discussed a re-furbished draft of a Commission proposal for a directive that would impose gender quotas for the boards of companies listed on the stock market. This proposal had been a pet project of then Commissioner Viviane Reding, and it was one of the social policy priorities of Luxembourg for its ongoing Presidency.
However, despite the Presidency’s efforts, the reported outcome of the meeting was that “the Council was not able to agree on the women on company boards directive. There is currently no qualified majority on this dossier in the Council. Although there is a broad consensus across the EU in favour of taking measures to improve the gender balance on company boards, some member states prefer to do so at national level. They thus take the view that the proposal does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity.” Continue reading
The controversial Commission proposal for a horizontal “Equal Treatment Directive”, also known as “Anti-Discrimination Directive”, apparently fails to convince Frits Bolkestein, a former EU Commissioner for the Interior Market and former leader of the Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD). In an op-ed in today’s edition of the daily De Volkskrant (English translation here), Bolkestein calls for the proposal to be ditched. Not only, writes the Ex-Commissioner, does the proposed measure fail to comply with the Subsidiarity Principle, which is a fundamental principle of the EU, but it also undermines equality rather than promoting it, giving a better standard of protection to Salafists and members of the Moon Sect than to ordinary Dutchmen. In addition, he warns that the directive, if adopted, would be at odds with elementary standards of fairness, reversing the burden of proof and establishing a ‘guilty-unless-proved-innocent’ principle. Finally, he is also concerned that it could be used for frivolous and extortionary litigation, as evidenced by a recent case in Northern Ireland that has made headlines all over Europe. Continue reading