In Slovakia, democracy functions best when the electorate remains un-informed

SlovakiaOne of the primary pre-conditions for the good functioning of a democracy is that citizens can inform themselves about the opinions and positions of those running for electoral office. This is recognized and accepted in all democracies worldwide … with the sole exception, it appears, of Slovakia.

The State Electoral Commission has confirmed a decision of the Ministry of the Interior, according which the pro-family NGO “Aliancia za rodinu” (Alliance for the Family) is obliged to pay a fine of 3.000 Euro for having asked all the candidates in last year’s parliamentary elections about their stance on various family-related issues and then published the results of the survey. Continue reading

Slovakia: Government ditches controversial homo-“equality” action plan

When searching for good news, you may sometimes find it at improbable places. On the website of the fake “non-governmental” organization ILGA-Europe, which promotes sodomy Europe-wide wherefore it receives 70% of its operating budget directly from the European Commission, we read the happy tidings that the Slovak government has abandoned the idea of adopting a “National Action Plan on LGBTI Equality”, saying that this should be left to a future government. Continue reading

Slovak Family Referendum: too low turnout, but a very clear message

Slovakia-EU-flag-1600x500Nearly 95% of those participating in the referendum agree that no union that is not between one man and one woman can by law be defined as a marriage. Similarly high is the support for the other two statements: 92% agree that same-sex couples should not be allowed to adopt children, and 90% find that sex ed classes in public schools should not be compulsory.

The referendum will, however, not have a legally binding effect, because with 21.4% the turnout of the electorate was (rather far) below the 50% that would have been required. Continue reading

Mr. Leichtfried’s queer opinions on democracy

Slovakia’s referendum to prevent the re-definition of marriage enrages Socialist politicians who think that ordinary citizens shouldn’t have a say on this issue.  The Austrian MEP Jörg Leichtfried, Vice-President of the European Parliament’s S&D Group, has released a press statement in which, among other things, he says:

“Besides the content of this referendum, what strikes the most is that Slovakian citizens are not being asked to take a decision about their own rights, but about the rights of a minority. In democracy, not even a majority can deny equal rights to a minority.” 

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Slovakia: This is the spot on adoption that is not allowed to run on TV

In the run-up to the referendum on 7 February on a constitutional amendment to protect the family, the opponents of the proposed amendment are doing all they can to prevent the pro-family campaign from reaching the public. As it seems, those opponents have a lot of power and are willing to use it. And their primary goal is not to convince anyone of their own positions (which, given the nature of those positions, would be hopelessly difficult); instead they want to prevent the public from noticing that the referendum is going to take place.  The reason is that if the participation in the referendum is below 50%, the referendum will be invalid – no matter what the outcome is.

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