Lech Walesa (Lech Wałęsa) the Nobel Peace Prize winer and former president of Poland, says that gay people should not be allowed to take from the majority and should sit behind a wall if they are allowed to be in Parliament. The world is stunned today (though, frankly, these positions are not new for Walesa, a devout Roman Catholic,) after the co-founder of the Soviet bloc’s first union, Solidarity, gave a TV interview.
“They [gay people] 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,” ABC News reports Walesa said during the interview.
Walesa said in a television interview on Friday that he believes 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.”
“I don’t agree to this and I will never agree to it.”
“A minority should not impose itself on the majority,” Walesa said.
In that same interview, Walesa also said if he had a gay son he would pray for him to stop going down the wrong road.
ABC News today also added:
“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.
A national committee devoted to fighting hate speech and other crimes filed a complaint with prosecutors on Sunday in Gdansk, Walesa’s home city, accusing him of promoting “propaganda of hate against a sexual minority.”
“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.”
In August of 2000, the Windy City Times noted that “Walesa said recently that gays are sick, the state news agency PAP reported.”
“I believe those people need medical treatment,” he said at a campaign rally in connection with the upcoming presidential election. “Imagine if all people were like that. We wouldn’t have any descendants.”
He added, “Me, I am still the same man who respects Christian values.”
According to press reports, conservative candidates for the Oct. 8 election have seized on anti-gay sentiment in an attempt to rally conservative voters. A July Demoskop Institute poll found that 55 percent of Poles have a negative opinion of homosexuality, 62 percent oppose gay marriage and 79 percent oppose allowing gays to adopt children. Almost one-third said gays are diseased and need medical care.
Only 12 percent of those polled said they know someone who is gay.
This is not the first time Walesa has been quoted making anti-gay statements. In 1990 when he was head of the Solidarity party and a presidential candidate himself, Walesa promised to “eliminate” homosexuals and drug users from society if he was elected, gay activists claimed.
Walesa is claimed by some to be a human rights activist and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983.
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