Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén has accused the European Court of Justice of infringing on the religious freedoms of Europe’s Jewish community by deciding to uphold a ban on the kosher slaughter of animals in Belgium.
Semjén, the head of Hungary’s co-ruling Christian Democrats (KDNP), said the EU Court’s ruling favoured animal rights over human rights, particularly religious ones, which the deputy PM said constituted a violation of human dignity.
“Hungary’s Christian Democratic government will always defend the spiritual and physical well-being of Jewish communities,” Semjén said.
The deputy PM in charge of church policy said that like Hungary, the European Union too had a duty to protect the religious freedoms of its Jewish communities. “If it fails to do so, it will also end up losing its own identity as well,” Semjén said.
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