Cardinal Müller: States persecute religious freedom with so-called anti-discrimination laws

In a conversation with, the German Cardinal spoke about imposing a single mindset led by certain elites.

Newsdesk (26/06/2021 17:00, Gaudium PressIn a recent interview with’s Lothart Rilinger, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, discussed the attempts, at various levels, to impose a single mindset and the attacks that such an imposition implies on the freedom of Christianity.

Independently of the different conceptions that may exist about the State and human dignity, what Cardinal Müller affirmed is fundamental: “the State exists for the people and not the people for the State. The citizen is not the property of those in power, but the people are the sovereign to whom the government must be accountable. No man has the right to decide on the life, bodily integrity and freedom of conscience and belief of another. Nor should we speak of a limitation of fundamental rights.”

Fundamental rights are not a gracious concession by the State

These fundamental rights “which come to us by nature or, according to us, are granted by our God and Creator, cannot be revoked or limited. Only their abuse or use to the detriment of others can be sanctioned. In case of wars, disasters or pandemics, legitimate authorities must take necessary measures in the interest of the common good. But the coronavirus crisis should not be a good opportunity to undermine democracy and the freedom of civil society in favour of the paternalism of a self-proclaimed elite that wants to teach the great mass of the people what is good for them. The State is not like a – bad – teacher who treats or mistreats its citizens as ‘stupid schoolchildren’,” the Cardinal declared.

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It is not the State that grants fundamental rights: “Granting and withdrawing come from the dictionary of autocratic educational dictatorships.” “In a constitutional state, as distinct from an ideological unitary state, it is up to its three separate powers to protect and guarantee the exercise of citizens’ natural rights. Nor do we need politicians, judges or their spokesmen in the state media who, like underage children, sometimes treat us harshly, sometimes let us run around with a leash.”

The Cardinal warns against the “dictatorship of opinion”, that is, the one exercised in “some states”, “where there is the right to sue if I am offended by the opinion of another, and I feel insulted only because I have no counter-arguments. This dictatorship of opinion sometimes dresses itself up as ‘formal law'”.

Today, religious freedom must be defended against the limits of power.

“It is absurd that today published opinions must again be defended from the limits of state power and, in Europe, religious freedom.”

The Cardinal does not stop at theory alone, but illustrates with concrete cases: “Today, through the aggressive agenda of de-Christianisation in the institutions of the European Union, in the Biden administration, in Islamic and atheist states, Christians’ freedom of belief and worship is irrefutably threatened in subtle or brutal ways.”

Cardinal Müller also points to the Zan law, which is being debated in Italy, as a concrete threat to the freedom of Christianity: “It is contrary to natural ethics, as well as to the Christian spirit, to insult a homosexual person as a person for that reason. But it is also a state crime to make the proclamation of the biblical truth of the sin of extra-marital sexual acts, especially between persons of the same sex, punishable by fines or imprisonment, according to what is declared ‘lawful by the state’ by so-called anti-discrimination laws. When state laws undermine fundamental natural rights, we can no longer speak of democracy in the classical sense.”

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It is evident that fundamental rights find their limits in the common good of society, in the legitimate interest of others, expressed the Cardinal.

Certain “super-billionaires”

On freedom of opinion, the Cardinal says he cannot “imagine that the police and prosecutors are the pillars of academic discussion. This is pure decadence when professors are invited and then expelled by gender activists, Black Lives Matter and LGBT fanatics. After all, Socrates was sentenced to death for mediocre power politics, and Aristotle rejected democracy, which had degenerated into a mass rule, “so as not to give the Athenians a second chance to sin against philosophy.”

The German Cardinal also warned against certain “American super-billionaires, the big technological giants and the pharmaceutical industry,” who are taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis and advancing the theses of the Great Reset, “are trying to impose on the whole world their poor conception of humanity and their vision of the world economically limited in relation to the model of the Chinese Communist Party,” a model of a single thought, single feeling and homogenized in its indignation towards dissidents.

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