The European Commission has announced that they will be making perceived “hate speech” a crime under EU law, with particular emphasis on stamping out speech targeted at “lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ)” individuals or groups.
The report, which was released earlier this month, describes how “hate speech” will be added to the list of “EU crimes”:
“LGBTIQ people disproportionately suffer from hate crime, hate speech and violence while the under-reporting of hate crimes remains a serious problem. To harmonise protection against anti-LGBTIQ hate crime and hate speech, the Commission will present an initiative in 2021 to extend the list of ‘EU crimes’ to include hate crime and hate speech, including when targeted at LGBTIQ people.”
In addition, they seem to imply that there will be additional EU funding for NGOs and other organisations that promote hate speech laws:
“…the Commission will provide funding opportunities for initiatives that aim to combat hate crime, hate speech and violence against LGBTIQ people.”
Announced by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union Address, the initiative also bizarrely seeks to stop what they call anti-LGBT “bias” in artificial intelligence employment systems. As in, robots are apparently homophobic in their hiring choices now. The report reads:
“The Commission will also put forward a regulatory framework that will specifically address the risk of bias and discrimination inherent in artificial intelligence (AI) systems.”
Additionally, the Commission is discussing making “rainbow families” (a.k.a. LGBT transgender or same-sex families) recognised at a European level, meaning countries like Poland, which do not recognise gay marriage or adoption, would be forced to accept such unions as valid:
“Due to differences in national legislations across Member States, family ties may not always be recognised when rainbow families cross the EU’s internal borders. The Commission will bring forward a legislative initiative on the mutual recognition of parenthood and explore possible measures to support the mutual recognition of same-gender partnership between Member States.”
Poland, however, has previously shown resistance to the idea that the EU would try to force the country to accept laws which the government believes clashes with the nation’s values.
“There is a real risk that we may find ourselves in a situation where the EC [European Commission] will effectively force us to introduce the so-called homosexual marriages with the right to adopt children,” Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said back in July.