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The European Conservative describes itself as Europe’s “first English-language conservative quarterly review of philosophy, politics and the arts”.

A quarterly magazine which seeks to defend and promote Western Christian civilization and which is known for its Catholic sympathies has been suppressed by a major British bookstore chain due to its criticism of the homosexual agenda and for conducting an interview with the Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán.

The European Curatorwhich describes itself as Europe’s “first English-language conservative quarterly review of philosophy, politics and the arts”, has been pulled from WHSmith’s shelves after two people campaigned against it on social media.

Greek-British playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell and her civil partner Dominic Cooke, an English director and writer, took to Twitter and Instagram on August 19 to highlight three aspects of the diary they found objectionable.

The first concerned an interview with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the second a description of the month of “pride” as “an opportunity to publicly show some of the most dissolute aspects of the human experience”, and the third an editorial cartoon showing a child throwing up a rainbow (the symbol of the LGBT lobby) after school.

They then urged friends to pressure WHSmith to immediately remove the post, which the retailer duly did, without informing them. The European Curator directly.

“It’s really amazing,” the magazine’s editor, Alvino-Mario Fantini, told The Register. “Our fine publication – dedicated to the pursuit of the true, the good and the beautiful – has been called ‘fascist’ and ‘hate-filled’ by people who have never read our pages before.”

Fantini thinks such a response says more about “ignorance and intolerance than anything else” and that “it is ironic that a publication like ours – which has so consistently championed the free exchange of ideas , as unpopular as it is – is now censored and silenced by the efforts of a small online crowd.

“Why do the same activists who demand that we all ‘celebrate diversity’ want to limit diversity to only things they agree with?” Fantini asked, adding that he believed these people “are not liberals who uphold the principle of free speech” but rather “anti-pluralistic authoritarians who seek to impose their own views on others.”

WHSmith is one of the UK’s oldest retailers, dating back to 1792 when Henry Walton Smith started a newspaper selling business in London’s Little Grosvenor Street. The business was once one of the most respected in the UK, but has reportedly soured in recent years against stiff competition from Amazon and e-book readers.

On the advice of their UK distributor, The European Curator sent a message to WHSmith explaining that their publication is “dedicated to art, history, literature, poetry and political philosophy – not ‘hate'” – and that it was obvious that neither Campbell nor Cooke nor any of their followers had read the magazine.

The European Curator said that one of their fundamental aims, inspired by the late British philosopher Sir Roger Scruton (one of their longtime advisers), has been to resist all “censorship, repression and cancellation of culture” and to instead of “promoting vigorous open debate and the free exchange of differing viewpoints.

The magazine pointed to the lack of consistency in WHSmith’s approach, noting that it does not ban pornography because it offends, or the works of Salman Rushdie because they offend Muslims. “The central issue here is that those who complained disagreed with our view of sexual morality,” Fantini said. “But do we agree with everything that we see on the shelves of WHSmith or any other press seller?

“It is certain that WHSmith has already received complaints about other materials it sells but has not removed them,” he added. “Presumably it’s because they think consumers are mature enough to be able to decide for themselves what to buy. If WHSmith were to remove from its shelves any publications that anyone finds objectionable, it would find itself with empty shelves fairly quickly.

Sebastian Morello, Essay Editor and Columnist at The European Curatornoted that the publication came into existence “to defend and promote European civilization, which is so aggressively repudiated by established governments, long-standing institutions and modern culture”, and that its readers, who have “done the tough hard work” to learn about their civilizational heritage, “love our newspaper”.

“Because we love our civilization, we take a stand against the immoral revolution that seeks to destroy it, so of course we criticize groups as pernicious as the radical LGBT lobby and their attempts to indoctrinate children to be future revolutionaries against the moral law.”

Morello added that if they disagree with the magazine’s Christian worldview, they should discuss and challenge them rather than resorting to cancel culture. “It’s just lazy,” he said, “and indicates their inability to enter into serious discourse suggesting a corruption of rational faculty – which, as the Catholic religion has always taught – is a consequence of Fishing.”

The European Curator has not yet received direct communication from WHSmith.

The Register contacted the retailer to ask if it could explain why it had removed the magazine from its shelves and whether it would stock the magazine again, but its media office did not respond by press time.


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