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Lech Walesa with John Paul II

 

WARSAW, Poland —March, 2013

A little outdated, but these bigots often take time to get exposed, or for me to find them out!

You may remember Lech Walesa, a shipyard worker who took on the power of the Soviet Union and fought for Polish freedom and human rights.  He won a Nobel Peace prize, but now he has no sense of peace, but is spreading hatred against LGBTI persons in Poland.

Walesa was recently interviewed by a private television station.  He is no longer active in main stream politics but earns money from being interviewed and lecturing against the former tyranical Soviet Union. The topic was gay rights and Walesa gave his bigoted opinions.

He stated that gays have no right to a prominent role in politics and that as a minority they need to “adjust to smaller things.”  He went on to say that gays have no right to sit on the front benches in Parliament and, if represented at all, should sit in the back, “and even behind a wall.” Then, he added. “They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights, the greatest hours, the greatest provocations, spoiling things for the others and taking (what they want) from the majority. A miniority should not impose itself on the majority.”

I hope the interviewer asked if human rights were applicable to all, as they are enshrined in the United Nations Charters of Rights and Freedom.  And, I wonder if he was asked if he was returning his Nobel Peace Prize (and the huge money) as he was now spreading hate.

The words have enraged many.

“From a human point of view his language was appalling. It was the statement of a troglodyte,” said Jerzy Wenderlich, a deputy speaker of Parliament with the Democratic Left Alliance.

 

There is usually fear hidden inside words of hatred.  In 2011, a new new progressive and anti-clerical party – Palikot’s Movement – entered Parliament for the first time. Taking seats for the party were Anna Grodzka, a transsexual, and Robert Biedron, who is openly gay. These were all historic firsts.  Anna and Robert have tried to obtain a civil partnership for LGBTI persons, but it was struck down in Parliament.  A new campaign is currently under way and Poland, as part of the European Union is not allowed to discriminate on grounds of gender or sexual orientation. (I wonder how they were able to join in the first place).

Walesa is an extreme conservative Catholic, and while John Paul II, banned demonstrations in South America (priests taking on corrupt landowners), he openly allowed Walesa and the Polish Catholic Church to oppose the Soviets.

John Paul II visited Poland (while the Soviets were in power) and personally met with Walesa.   This is a father of eight kids (no contraceptives here

2013, is the year for mult-media cases where individuals are responsible for spreading hatred (Scott Lively, US Pastor has been taken to court by Uganda Gays for “Crimes Against Humanity.”

In Gdansk, Walesa’s hometown, LGBTI have filed a complaint against him accusing him of promoting “progaganda of hate”propaganda of hate against a sexual minority.”

Walesa is no longer active in Polish political life, though he is often interviewed and asked his opinion on current affairs. Much of his time is spent giving lectures internationally on his role in fighting communism and on issues of peace and democracy.

“Now nobody in their right mind will invite Lech Walesa as a moral authority, knowing what he said,” Wenderlich said.

Monika Olejnik, a leading television journalist, said Walesa “disgraced the Nobel prize.”

I find it interesting that Polish society including Walesa fail to remember when they were considered “minorities” and a satellite of a larger Soviet Union.  How easy those who fought for rights can turn against those needing them, or will try to take them away from minorities.  Shame on you, Walesa!

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