Hungarian Church Seeks to Defrock Pastor After wife’s Anti-Semitic Speech

May 19, 2013 4:13 am 9 comments

The logo of the far-right Hungarian political party, Jobbik, whose rising influence in the country has led to concerns of increased anti-Semitism and hate speech. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Hungarian Reformed Church is trying to defrock Lorant Hegedus, a Protestant pastor, for participating in a radical right-wing rally during which his wife had given a speech denouncing Jews and Israel.

Hegedus’s wife is a deputy for the right-wing Jobbik party in the Hungarian Parliament. The party had won 17 percent of the country’s vote in the 2010 election.

“This is a permanent provocation… It has nothing to do with the Gospel,” said Gusztav Bolcskei, the church’s presiding bishop, regarding Hegedus’s involvement with Jobbik, according to Reuters. Defrocking the pastor “should start at the church district level,” Bolcskei said. ”It can be done, but it’s a very long procedure,” he said.

Peter Feldmajer, who just stepped down as the head of the 80,000-100,000-member Hungarian Jewish community, said Hungarian Jews are “satisfied with the actions of the churches,” and that he thinks “at the end of the day, he will be fired.”

9 Comments

  • Sydell Ruth

    anti semitism has always been rampart in Hungary.When Jews returned -mostly from concentration camps-after World War-they were greeted with” We don’t want you here Jew-leave”

  • Straightshooter

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • I rely on the Algemeiner for Jewish news which is not published elsewhere.
    Unfortunately, East (and West) European Antisemitism is no news.

  • Now that the Syrians have informed the Jews of their latest defenses, count on them to be demolished before they are put into use. Some people don’t have the common sense to just SHUT UP. blah-blah-blah…jeeeze…the Israelis are jus’ trembling! Yeah…right.
    Syrians just make fools of themselves.

    Here’s some advice for them:

    DON’T F–K AROUND WITH THE JEWS

    THEY ARE MEAN BASTARDS WHEN THEY HAFTA DEFEND THEMSELVES.

  • Who cares? There have been anti-Semites since before the time of Jesus! It doesn’t mean anything. They haven’t hurt the Jews. Before Hitler, the State of Israel didn’t even exist! Now that Israel exists, Anti-Semites are nothing more than a bunch of raving half-assed maniacs, screaming into the wind! The more they rant, the crazier they appear to the rest of the world! Hitler was the worst thing that ever happened to Anti-Semitism! Now ya can’t even be a respectable anti-Semite!! And it turns out that JESUS WAS A JEW HIMSELF. NOW WE’RE ALL IN BIG TROUBLE

  • Steve MacLeod

    I am so happy to hear this. I mean the actions taken against the pastor for appearing at this political rally. For too many years the Jews were persecuted for being Christ killers which they are not guilty and never have been. Ignorance is reason. It was not until 1600′s in England etc could the common man even get a hold of a Bible The New Testament. To hate Israel shows they do not know much of anything which they may claim to believe.

  • jerry hersch

    At the beginning of the Protestant Reformation there were large Protestant communities in Italy,Hungary and and in what became Czechoslavakia..almost all in Italy disappeared during the counter-Reformation,the Czechh Protestants were greatly reduced…Hugary was different.
    The battle of Mohacs an Ottoman Empire victory secured the existence of the Hungarian Protestants and group that today is the largest Protestant community in eastern Europe.The Hungarian Calvinists (20% of Hungary’s population) has historically been more sympathetic to the Jewish people than other religious and non-religious sectors.Calvinists also make up about 3% of Romania’s population largely in Transylvania across the border from Hungary (about 750,000 largely of Hungarian ethnicity).
    The Calvinist churches have many views the Netherlands and its historic openness to Jews is Calvinist…so is the Church of Scotland.

    • Jerry: I think you need some catching up on the CofS which recently issued a particularly nasty document about Israel which was “fisked” thoroughly by the “Bishop Cranmer” blog on May 6, 2013 post “Church of Scotland Denies Jesus was the Promised Messiah”:

      “Christians should not believe those parts of Scripture where God promised that a virgin would conceive: Isaiah 7:14 didn’t really refer to a promised messiah: it was just about a general plan of salvation. And he wasn’t born in the long-promised Bethlehem either – that’s just a metaphor for anywhere, like Slough. And he didn’t have to be a ‘he’ either – that’s just a metaphor for all humankind. And his name didn’t have to be Jesus (Mt 2:21) – meaning ‘The Lord saves’, because it could have been Brian or Steve: there’s no real promise that the Lord will save us from our sins (Zech 3:9). He is not ‘God with us’ (Mt 1:23), and he didn’t need to suffer (Is 53:7) because there’s no real reward for obeying the word of God (Lk 11:27). Jesus isn’t the visible image of the invisible God through whom all things were created (Col 1:15f) – that’s just silly. He didn’t reconcile us to himself through the cross (v20), and he’s not the glory of the nations (Ps 96:3; 39:21). And when God promises that nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ (Rom 8:35), he didn’t really mean ‘nothing’ – he meant God’s love is completely dependent on the which side of the bed he gets out of in a morning.

      Oh, hang on. His Grace has got it wrong.

      Sorry.

      It’s only the Jews who shouldn’t take God’s promises literally.

      That’s alright, then.

      And neither should Christians when they relate to Jews and Israel. Ah, now it’s becoming clearer.

      If God makes a promise to Jews, it’s a metaphor. If He makes a promise to Christians, it’s literal except where it refers to the Jews and Israel.

      Yes, that’s right. According to a report by the Church of Scotland, ‘Israel’ and the ‘Promised Land’ is all just one big mushy metaphor for… well, something like the fuzziness of promises that aren’t promises. God’s promises are just pictures, without precise meaning, and certainly could never apply to matters of geography. The ‘Promised Land’ in Scripture is not a literal land – it’s more ‘a metaphor of how things ought to be among the people of God. This “promised land” can be found, or built, anywhere’.

      Except, of course, in Israel.”

      the whole post may be found here:

      http://archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.ca/search?updated-max=2013-05-10T09:19:00%2B01:00

      • jerry hersch

        Lynn- I only mentioned that the CofS is Calvinist also..and Calvinist churches and denominations come in many stripes and colors.
        Most look more favorably upon Jews than other church groups that surround them geographically and ethnically..the Dutch Reformed Church in the Netherlands,the many REFORMED Calvinist denominations in the USA,and the 1200-plus churches of the Hungarian Reformed Church (with 1200+ churches there are bound to be a few asses).
        The Church of Scotland stands out almost alone among the Calvinist churches for its anti-Jewish stances.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture Middle East Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    Hamas Commander Reportedly Urges Hezbollah to Join Forces Against Israel

    JNS.org – Five months after Israeli forces tried to assassinate Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in Gaza, Deif appears to have signed a letter that the terrorist group claims he wrote in hiding. The letter, addressed to Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, expressed Deif’s condolences for the death of Hezbollah terrorists during Sunday’s reported Israeli airstrike in Syria. Deif is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts, but he has not been seen in public for years. According to the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Theater Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    Shlomo Carlebach Musical Has the Soul to Heal Frayed Race Relations

    JNS.org – The cracks that had been simply painted over for so long began to show in Ferguson, Mo., in November 2014, but in truth they had begun to open wide much earlier—on Saturday, July 13, 2013. That is when a jury in Sanford, Fla., acquitted George Zimmerman of culpability for the death of a 17-year-old black man, Trayvon Martin. The cracks receded from view over time, as other news obscured them. Then came the evening of Aug. 9, 2014, [...]

    Read more →
  • Theater US & Canada ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    ‘Homeland’ Season Finale Stirs Controversy After Comparing Menachem Begin to Taliban Leader

    A controversial scene in the season finale of Homeland sparked outrage by comparing former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to a fictional Taliban leader, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. In the season 4 finale episode, which aired on Dec. 21, CIA black ops director Dar Adal, played by F. Murray Abraham, justifies a deal he made with a Taliban leader by referencing Begin. He makes the remarks in a conversation with former CIA director Saul Berenson, a Jewish character played by Mandy [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Spirituality/Tradition Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Placing Matisyahu Back Within a Life of Observance

    Shining Light on Fiction During the North Korea-Sony saga, we learned two important lessons. The first is that there are two sides to this story, and neither of them are correct because ultimately we should have neither inappropriate movies nor dictators. The second is that we cannot remain entirely fixed on the religious world, but we also must see beyond the external, secular view of reality. It’s important to ground our Torah-based thoughts into real-life activism. To view our act [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    Nine Decades of Moses at the Movies

    JNS.org – Hollywood has had its share of big-budget biblical flops, but until now, the Exodus narrative has not been among them. Studios have brought Moses to the big screen sparingly, but in ways that defined the image and character of Moses for each generation of audiences. The first biblical epic In 1923, director Cecil B. DeMille left it to the American public to decide the subject of his next movie for Paramount. DeMille received a letter from a mechanic [...]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    Exodus on Screen (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – The story of the Exodus from Egypt is a tale as old as time itself, to borrow a turn of phrase. It’s retold every Passover, both at the seder table and whenever “The Ten Commandments” is aired on television. But the latest adaptation—Ridley Scott’s epic film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings”—fails to meet expectations. Scott’s “Exodus” alters the source material to service the story and ground the tale, but the attempt to reinvent the biblical narrative becomes laughable. Moses [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Lifestyle ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    ‘Jewish Food Movement’ Comes of Age

    JNS.org - In December 2007, leaders of the Hazon nonprofit drafted seven-year goals for what they coined as the “Jewish Food Movement,” which has since been characterized by the increased prioritization of healthy eating, sustainable agriculture, and food-related activism in the Jewish community. What do the next seven years hold in store? “One thing I would like to see happen in the next seven years is [regarding] the issue of sugar, soda, and obesity, [seeing] what would it be like to rally the [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Education Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    Seeds of ‘Start-Up Nation’ Cultivated by Israel Sci-Tech Schools

    JNS.org – Forget the dioramas. How about working on an Israeli Air Force drone? That’s exactly the kind of beyond-their-years access enjoyed by students at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) industrial vocational high school run by Israel Sci-Tech Schools, the largest education network in the Jewish state. More than 300 students (250 on the high school level and 68 at a two-year vocational academy) get hands-on training in the disciplines of aviation mechanics, electricity and energy control, and unmanned air [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.