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Very Impressive Constitution

Hungary's new constitution took effect in April of this year (2013).

I really urge you to read the preamble (pages 1&2) and the "FREEDOM AND RESPONSIBILITY" section (starting on page 10).

There is nothing like a formerly-repressed, Socialist and Communist Soviet Bloc country, devastated by many decades of human rights abuses, anti-family and anti-religious laws, forced abortions, torture and privacy abuses and government tyranny against its' citizens to provide witness to devastation that such governments create.

Hungary's new constitution makes it appear that it is rising from the ashes, recognizing its' Christian past and creating this very impressive new constitution that appears to be very much influenced by Catholic beliefs. At least on paper, it provides new protections (to its' citizens) that may not even be granted by our U.S. Constitution (and amendments).... Like the protection of human life from the moment of conception.
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There is really so much (in their new constitution) that I found impressive, that I just couldn't copy it all here.
Here is the link. >>> www.kormany.hu

Just as few highlights copied from the text of the constitution:

THE FUNDAMENTAL LAW OF HUNGARY
God bless the Hungarians
NATIONAL AVOWAL

WE, THE MEMBERS OF THE HUNGARIAN NATION, at the beginningof the new millennium, with a sense of responsibility for everyHungarian, hereby proclaim the following:

We are proud thatour king Saint Stephen built the Hungarian State on solid ground and made ourcountry a part of Christian Europe one thousand years ago.

We are proud of our forebears who fought for thesurvival, freedom and independence of our country.

We recognise therole of Christianity in preserving nationhood. We value the various religioustraditions of our country.

We promise topreserve the intellectual and spiritual unity of our nation torn apart in the storms of thelast century.

We hold that humanexistence is based on human dignity.

We hold that individualfreedom can only be complete in cooperation with others.

We hold that thefamily and the nation constitute the principal framework of our coexistence, andthat our fundamental cohesive values are fidelity, faith and love.

We hold that thestrength of community and the honour of each person are based on labour, anachievement of the human mind.

We hold that wehave a general duty to help the vulnerable and the poor.

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ArticleL (1)6

(1) Hungary shall protect the institution ofmarriage as the union of a man and a woman establishedby voluntary decision, and the family as the basis of the survival of thenation. Familyties shall be based on marriage or the relationship between parents andchildren.

(2)Hungary shall encourage the commitment to have children.

ArticleI

(1) The inviolable andinalienable fundamental rights of MAN shall be respected. It is the primary obligation of the Stateto protect these rights.

(2) Hungary recognises thefundamental individual and collective rights of Man.

ArticleII

Human dignity is inviolable.Everyone shall have the right to life and human dignity; the life of the foetus shall be protectedfrom the moment of conception.

ArticleVI

(1)Everyone shall have the right to have his or her private and family life, home, communicationsand good reputation respected.

(2)Everyone shall have the right to the protection of his or her personal data, aswell as to accessand disseminate data of public interest.

(3)The application of the right to the protection of personal data and to accessdata of public interestshall be supervised by an independent authority established by a cardinal Act.

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There is much, much more. I recommend that you read it.

Ed






Oct 06 new
Will wonders never cease! To think that a formerly Eastern European nation can rise from the ashes and have a new constitution written. I have a feeling they will leave us in the dust one day.
Oct 06 new
I just hope for the sake of the Hungarian people, that they have the good sense to continue to elect leaders who will not shred their new constitution to ribbons, and have contempt for moral law and religious freedom. You know, like us.
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