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Friday, October 15, 2004

Totalitarianism in the European Parliament

Socialists, Greens and Liberals rejects Italian Commissioner designate for his stand on pro-life and pro-family issues.

On Tuesday October 5th 2004, MEPs from the Liberal, the Green and Socialist parties blocked the appointment of Professor Buttiglione as EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security. Despite two days of public hearings and various attempts at mediation they have failed to agree to any compromise. Normal protocol demands that the issue should go to the President for a
decision.

Today, however, the President of the European Parliament, Mr. Josep Borrell (Spanish Socialist) exceeded his mandate by taking position against Professor Buttiglione's candidacy by making a public statement. He stated that "I don't think that at this moment in time we can have such people in charge of justice, especially justice" because of the pro-life and moral convictions of the candidate. The EP-Presidents impartiality is therefore in question.

The objections to Professor Buttiglione appear to be based on spurious allegations made by ILGA (the International Lesbian and Gay Association). The major charge being levelled against him is that he espouses the protection of life from conception to natural death, promotes the family and shares the Catholic view that homosexuality is a sin. ILGA has repeatedly attacked Prof. Buttiglione's moral convictions. ILGA, however, is well-known to have a history of advocating not only gay rights but it was refused consultative status at the UN because of its history of association with paedophile groups. ILGA, which represents a minority opinion, is determined to block the appointment of Prof. Buttiglione.

(from Euro-Fam)