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Lech Walesa on Anti-Gay Remarks: 'I Will Not Apologize to Anyone'

Former Polish President and Nobel Peace Pize winner Lech Walesa stands by his remarks earlier this week that gays should be "behind a wall", CNN reports:

WalesaA devout Catholic and father of eight children, Walesa now says he has nothing to apologize for despite a mountain of criticism heaped upon a man who was once venerated as a champion of Polish liberty. He stressed he did not "feel homophobic."

"I will not apologize to anyone," the former president said in an interview Monday. "All I said (was) that minorities, which I respect, should not have the right to impose their views on the majority. I think most of Poland is behind me."

Since his comments went nationwide, Walesa has been on the receiving end of furious criticism.

"Why does Lech want me to sit in the back row?" asked Robert Biedron, a member of parliament from the opposition Palikot Movement and Poland's first openly gay politician. "If we accept the rules proposed by Lech Walesa then where would blacks sit? They are also a minority. And what about the disabled?"

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  1. It's supposed to be the job of the majority to help and protect the minority

    Posted by: Lynnette | Mar 6, 2013 7:41:44 AM

  2. Whatever. He has forever disgraced his memory and history. His own son came out against his comments.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 6, 2013 7:53:46 AM

  3. In other more enlightened countries, it is not a minority view. It is the view of the majority and supported by the ruling party. He seems to have been under a rock and not up to date about what happened in other European countries.

    Posted by: simon | Mar 6, 2013 7:55:48 AM

  4. According to Lech Walesa's warped logic, blacks in America don't deserve equal rights because they are a minority. Same with Jews, Italians, Asians etc etc.

    One wonders if Lech is suffering from senile dementia. Perhaps he's a great big closet case.

    Posted by: rise | Mar 6, 2013 8:07:09 AM

  5. With eight children, he probably ought to be apologizing to one of them, the chances are one of them might not be straight.

    Posted by: Travis | Mar 6, 2013 8:11:23 AM

  6. He wants us in the back of the bus, the church wants us under the bus

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Mar 6, 2013 8:12:18 AM

  7. Sad. I used to admire him -- now he has forever ruined his legacy.

    Posted by: kit | Mar 6, 2013 8:16:45 AM

  8. Lech walesa. Now there's a Polish joke for ya.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Mar 6, 2013 8:19:50 AM

  9. His own marriage basically fell apart and he was caught in an infidelity scandal. But he still feels compelled to proclaim his catholicism and make rules for everyone else. (Maybe he should become a cardinal.


    Posted by: Phil | Mar 6, 2013 8:19:51 AM

  10. Typical older straight white male thought. His son is the new guard.

    Posted by: kodiak | Mar 6, 2013 8:34:00 AM

  11. He is a page in history and has no relevance today. Sad but true.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 6, 2013 8:39:50 AM

  12. Lest we forget that he is also a staunch supporter of child rapists with his vocal allegiance to both the Catholic Church and Roman Polanski. I hope this doddering old fossil chokes to death on an undercooked kielbasa.

    Posted by: Bollux | Mar 6, 2013 8:47:51 AM

  13. He consulted with his child raping priest before doubling down on his hate filled and ignorant comments,

    Posted by: Rob | Mar 6, 2013 8:50:42 AM

  14. Shrinking majority syndrome:

    When the historically-favored majority starts getting treated like the rest of us, they feel an immediate sense of persecution and try to pretend *they're* the oppressed.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Mar 6, 2013 8:52:14 AM

  15. As the old saying (kinda) goes: there's no fool like an old white devout Papist male who was caught in an infidelity scandal yet has a ton of kids fool. Tag, "Lech the homophobe", you're it!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Mar 6, 2013 8:53:28 AM

  16. Wow, the comments at the CNN link are absolutely vile, depressingly so. There are some very proud bigots out there.

    Posted by: Paulie | Mar 6, 2013 9:00:08 AM

  17. Take the Peace Prize away from him and give him the Bigot Prize

    Posted by: oliver | Mar 6, 2013 9:25:50 AM

  18. It's sad to see so many Poles embracing the racism and homophobia of the fascist era. Walesa should know better. But it's his reputation he's tarnishing.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Mar 6, 2013 10:46:24 AM

  19. He's old.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 6, 2013 11:14:39 AM

  20. Although Poland has it's fair share of issues, I've seen even many conservatives come out against Walesa's comments. So hopefully this can spark as change in the country and it's respect towards LGBTQ persons and minorities in general.

    Posted by: Francis | Mar 6, 2013 11:16:30 AM

  21. I find it refreshing that he's standing by his words and isn't apologizing or rescinding, despite how many feathers he ruffled. So many people who spout their non-gay friendly opinions are quick to cower to the fallout. This man has my respect.

    Posted by: LCR Jay | Mar 6, 2013 12:24:56 PM

  22. Lech? Blech.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 6, 2013 12:44:14 PM

  23. LCR Jay is clearly not a serious person, but a troll who's just trying to get a rise out of people. No self respecting gay man would respect the homophobia of others.

    I get the joke, LCR Jay. Funny.

    Posted by: MateoM | Mar 6, 2013 1:18:53 PM

  24. If you think I'm going to make a joke about black Poles you're sadly mistaken!

    Posted by: Buddy Cole | Mar 6, 2013 1:45:22 PM

  25. If I remember correctly Lech Walesa has been anti-gay practically from the beginning. It's pretty sad that a person who fought for human rights is just like the people he used to fight against: someone who uses his power to oppress others. He clearly doesn't see us gays even as real human beings.

    Posted by: kode | Mar 6, 2013 1:54:25 PM

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