The Council has adopted two decisions according which the EU shall join the Council of Europe Convention (Istanbul Convention) on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. However, while the Commission and the European Parliament had advocated for an extensive EU accession to this Convention, which would have resulted in an interference of the EU into educational and cultural matters, which fall within exclusive competences of Member States, Member States have successfully resisted these attempts. The compromise agreed in the Council falls significantly short of these pretensions, limiting EU accession to the issues of asylum, non-refoulment and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. It makes reference to Article 78 (2), 82, and 83 TFEU and to exclusive competences of the EU.
There are various, and diverging, reports in American media that US President Trump will today sign an executive order that would restore the freedom of conscience and religion in the US, a fundamental right that currently is severely curtailed by sweeping so-called “anti-discrimination” rules that are used by sodomites and pro-sodomy activists to harass their fellow citizens, in particular religious believers.
The reports diverge with regard to the scope of the planned order. While some sources say it will be broadly identical to the draft that was leaked in February and has unleashed very aggressive reactions from the sodomy-community, others say it will be somewhat less ambitious. Continue reading
Nils Muižnieks, the current “Human Rights Commissioner” of the Council of Europe, misuses the prestige, the resources, and easy access to the media that are associated with his function to promote the legal recognition of same-sex “marriages” between sodomites, an issue for which very obviously he holds no mandate. He is doing so on the basis of spurious claim that sodomite-“marriage” is a “human right” awaiting to be discovered.
Here is his grotesque “Human Rights Comment”, published on the Council of Europe’s website. Continue reading
In the judgement it delivered today in the case of David L. Parris v. Trinity College Dublin, the CJEU has (once more) confirmed that:
‘The Member States are … free to provide or not provide for marriage for persons of the same sex, or an alternative form of legal recognition of their relationship, and, if they do so provide, to lay down the date from which such a marriage or alternative form is to have effect.“
As a matter of consequence, it found that the fact that Dublin’s Trinity College does not provide for a widower’s pension for the surviving part of a same-sex couple living in a registered “civil partnership” concluded in the UK is not a “discrimination” on the grounds of sexual orientation and/or age.
In the so-called Asher’s Bakery case, an appeals court in North Koreaern Ireland has upheld a judgment in which a baker has been condemned to a life-long prison sentence hefty fine for refusing to bake a cake with the words SUPPORT OUR GREAT LEADER KIM JONG-IL SAME-SEX MARRIAGE written on it. The court found the baker guilty of having discriminated his client, a member of the country’s Communist Party an LGBT pressure group, on the basis of political sexual orientation.
A recent cover page of The Economist announced “Art of the lie: Post-truth politics in the age of social media”. Inside the lead article warns darkly of the threat to democracy posed by the notion that “feelings, not facts, are what matter”. The examples used to sustain The Economist’s thesis – Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, the Polish Law and Justice Government, the Brexit ‘Leave’ campaign – leave us in no doubt about who the editor of this liberal newspaper believes is responsible for this threat, the political right. Continue reading
…is, according to his self-perception, José Manuel Durão Barroso, former President of the European Commission, who, having accepted an appointment as “President without portefeuille” at Goldman Sachs, has been qualified as a lobbyist by the current Commission and thus stripped of the priviledged access that former Presidents normally enjoy. He wrote this in a somewhat larmoyant letter to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, extracts of which have been quoted by Associated Press.
It is unclear for which purposes other than lobbyism Mr. Barroso might have been recruited by the American investment bank.
“Discrimination” is a term that European politicians and political entrepreneurs routinely fill with every meaning they like, even the most absurd ones.