• Are the expressions based on the Christian faith a hate speech?
  • Where are the boundaries between incitement to hatred and a legitimate worldview?
  • How to be free in an era of lack of freedom?

Is 2021 the year of the end of freedom in Europe? Päivi Räsänen, a former Finnish minister and current member of the European Parliament, has been accused of inciting hatred against homosexuals by quoting from the Bible. He faces two years behind bars. She responded to the accusation with the words: “The first Christians did not give up faith even in the pits with lions, why then should I renounce faith in the courtroom? How to react to this new situation in personal, cultural and political life?

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Päivi Räsänen

The MP of Finnish parliament from 1995 and former Finnish minister of the interior (2011-2015). As faithful conservative member of evangelical church, she has criticized strengthening agenda of rights of sexual minorities and defended marriage between man and woman in her homeland, which led to her accusation of alleged hatred against homosexuals.

Marián Čaučík

Marián Čaučík

Marián Čaučík was an activist in the underground church. He is a co-founder of the Movement of Christian Communities of Children called eRko and he was the director of the Dobrá novina charity program. He has been actively involved in development aid in Africa. He is active in the Christian Democratic Party(KDH), for which he ran in the European Parliament and parliamentary elections in Slovakia. In 2018, he received the Pribin Cross II. degree for merits for the social development of the Slovak Republic.

Rod Dreher

Rod Dreher

Rod Dreher is an author and journalist whose best-selling books have been translated into 12 languages. He is a leading commentator on the relationship between Christianity and public life. He is a senior editor at The American Conservative, where he writes a popular blog about religion, culture, and politics, and he publishes often in other journals. In 2017, his best-selling book "The Benedict Option" was described by The New York Times as "the most important religious book of the decade." In 2019, his book "Live Not By Lies," a warning about what he regards as the coming soft totalitarianism, became another bestseller in the United States. It has to date sold over 120,000 copies, and has been or will be translated into at least eight languages, including Slovak. He dedicated the book to the memory of Father Tomislav Kolakovic, the founder of the Slovak underground church. Dreher has been living in Central Europe this summer as a visiting fellow at Budapest's Danube Institute. This is his second appearance at Bratislava Hanus Days. He is an Orthodox Christian who lives with his wife and children in Louisiana.


István Kiss

István is a political scientist and an international relations expert and the director of the Danube Institute, which spreads conservative ideas in Europe. He graduated at Pázmány Péter Catholic University and at the University of Edinburgh, currently working on his PhD at his alma mater. He previously worked as a Research Fellow and then a Senior Research Fellow responsible for foreign policy research at the Századvég Foundation, later he joined the Prime Minister’s Office of Hungary as a political advisor.

Ján Tomaštík

Ján Tomaštík

Ján Tomaštík is a Slovak lawyer working now for an international legal company ADF

International in Vienna. He specializes in protecting the right to life, religious freedom and

parental rights. He graduated from Masaryk University in Brno obtaining a bachelor’s degree

in political science and international relations. After that Ján spent a year studying at the

Collegium of Anton Neuwirth. He is now finishing his master’s degree focusing on

democratization, human rights and the relationship between Catholic political mindset and

liberal democracy after WW2. During his college years Ján used to act as a coordinator of

foreign policy of the Youth Council of Slovakia.