Western elites recently heaped scorn on the Hungarian government for passing child-protection legislation. The Land of the Magyars outlawed the portrayal of homosexuality and “sex reassignment” surgeries in school education material and television programs aimed at minors. Hungarians view the law as protecting children from radical ideologies about sex and gender, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen denounced the bill as a “shame” and discriminatory.
Most European commentators focused on how the Hungarian child-protection legislation may or may not violate European law. The greater issue is how the conflict over a child-protection law exemplifies a shift in the West’s moral order.
Until recently, most Western countries would have supported laws similar to Hungary’s child-protection laws. They represent, in fact, the moral consensus of a people—one that was until just a few years ago shared by the European elites who now shame them as Hungarian “anti-LGBT” laws.
Elsewhere in Europe, laws have been trending the other direction. The Netherlands legalized homosexual marriage in 2001. France followed in 2013, the United States in 2015, and Germany in 2017. These laws were passed in the name of tolerance but instead encouraged moral fanaticism, leading to...