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A Most Christian Country

Looking from the outside, Hungary is the type of country America should aspire to be. The country’s leader, Viktor Orban, is unflinching in his support for a Christian Europe. Writing with horror dripping from their pens, Reuters reporters noted that Orban said on Monday, “The main task of the new government will be to preserve Hungary’s security and Christian culture.” Such are the words of a far-right “bigot” in 2018.

In almost every mainstream news outlet, Orban is characterized as a “strongman” and one of Europe’s biggest xenophobes (see: someone skeptical about the magical properties of “refugees”). Author Paul Lendvai says in Orban: Hungar’s Strongman that Orban’s “‘illiberal democracy’ [is] an increasingly authoritarian regime still concealed behind a figleaf of parliamentary opposition.” Gasp, shock, awe, and terror!

Undeterred, Orban has repeatedly reiterated his country’s quest for a true “Christian democracy.” Now, to be fair, those two words should never go together. Democracy is an agent of chaos—an invitation to libertinism and anti-Christian behavior. Even in a society brimming with moral stalwarts, a “Christian democracy” is bound to fail. No matter—Orban is hated by the international cabal of democracy-at-all-costs crowd because he has the gall to state that Europe is and should always remain Christian and white.

Orban’s bete noire is none other than Hungarian-born millionaire George Soros. As in America, Soros plays the great puppet master of globohomo causes in Europe. Hungary is no exception. After Orban and his Fidesz party won a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections of 2018, thousands of Hungarians took to the streets in order to claim that Orban won via chicanery. Tellingly, many of these protestors waved EU flags as a symbol of their fear about an increasingly nationalistic Hungary. Unsurprisingly, Soros and his minions had their soiled hands all over this protest—a fact that pro-Soros media in the U.S. and Israel tried to dodge by characterizing Orban and his supporters as dangerous anti-Semites. In sum, Orban and Trump are the targets of the same hired guns from clown world.

However, the story of Hungary is a little unique in the context of the West. Ever since the Hungarian king Istvan, otherwise known as Saint Stephen I, converted his nation to Christianity in the early 11th century, Hungary has been one of the strongest bastions of Christian faith in Central and Eastern Europe. Hungarian knights fought in the Crusades, and when the Ottoman Turks began carving out their empire in the Balkans on the backs of Catholic and Orthodox Christians, the Kingdom of Hungary sent knights on several European crusades, including the Crusade of Varna, the reconquest of Belgrade, and occasionally sending military support to the Wallachian voivod Vlad Dracula.

Medieval Hungary produced some of the greatest Christian heroes of the Middle Ages, chief among them John Hunyadi and the learned King Matthias Corvinus.

The Battle of Mohacs, a decisive Ottoman victory, ended the glory of medieval Hungary forever. For almost two hundred years, a large swath of the Hungarian homeland was under the tyrannical rule of Sunni Muslims. During that time, the Protestant Reformation hit the Hungarian body politick, leaving behind millions of Hungarian Calvinists, Lutherans, and even a few Baptists.

In the book In Defense of Christian Hungary, author Paul A. Hanebrink highlights how the Catholic vs. Protestant conflict in Hungary fractured the nation. During the Dualist era when the Kingdom of Hungary and the Empire of Austria ruled side-by-side, Hungarian Protestants led the charge for an independent Hungarian state. Men like Lajos Kossouth (a Calvinist) made the case for Protestant liberalism as the only true mens to “liberate” Hungary from the yoke of Habsburg and German tyranny. Several Hungarian liberals during the interwar years (1919-1939) would similarly argue that Protestantism without liberal politics would be untrue to itself. Many of these same men, including young Calvinist theologian Laszlo Ravasz, would also argue that if it were not for Protestantism (and by extension liberalism), Jews in Hungary would have never achieved emancipation.

On the Catholic side, men like historian Gyula Szekfu argued that Hungary and its Christian character was saved by the German Habsburgs. Szekfu wrote that “The western half [of Hungary] upheld tradition, and a connection with the ancient, and at the same time, under a king of foreign origin, in close connection with foreign territories, was more exposed to Western influence than the Hungarian state had been before, perhaps never so much since the time of St. Istvan.” Eastern Hungary, which was directly controlled by the Ottomans, became an intellectual and cultural backwater thanks to the barbarism of the Turks. The eastern realm of Hungary was also where a majority of the nation’s Protestants could be found.

Even during the heyday of Regent Miklos Horthy, the Christian autocrat who saved Hungary from the godless Soviet of Bela Kun, the internecine feud would not end. Horthy and his supporters tried to bridge this divide by supporting what they termed “Christian nationalism.” This ideal said that Catholics and Protestants should embrace their shared nationality and their shared adherence to Christ’s teachings. This weak tea ultimately failed because the Catholic majority argued that only the traditionalism of Rome could thwart the inherent liberalism of Protestant dogma. The Protestants, in turn, accused the Catholics of clerical fascism and a weaker sense of nationalism.

This story still matters. Hungary remains a majority Catholic nation. Orban is a Protestant (a Calvinist), however. One then must beg the question: what does Orban mean when he says “Christian democracy.” Is this a replay of “Christian nationalism” from the 1930s? Or is Orban hoping that Hungarians will embrace a broad version of Christianity this time around simply because the war is between a godless, secular globohomo empire and a simple Christian state?

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