They say you learn a new thing every day, and what I learned today was that for years it’s been a serious crime to offend the Hungarian flag or the country’s coat of arms – and now the Holy Crown of Hungary. Apparently, the newly-enacted criminal code includes a Jobbik-sponsored extending the existing penalty for verbally abusing the flag and címer to the Szent Korona. The maximum penalty? A year in prison!
I seriously doubt we’ll soon see any lefties get put in the joint for talking trash about the physical incarnation of Hungary’s eternal monarchy, but if they do, they shouldn’t blame it all on the backward-looking right, for it seems the law on abusing national symbols goes back to 1978. For me, I’ll just say that’s one damn fine-looking piece of headgear. [inforadio.hu]