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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. Dear Lech.....F**K YOU!!

    Posted by: Michael McAssey | Mar 6, 2013 2:06:55 PM

  2. For years and years he's espoused small-minded thoughts and beliefs. Not shocking given the Catholic background of Poland the fact that people of his generation grew up behind the Iron Curtain and had little exposure to open and free thinking. Additionally, given that he came from the working class his life experiences were less expansive. Sadly he never evolved given his rare opportunities.

    Posted by: Casey | Mar 6, 2013 3:50:04 PM

  3. I don't want a forced and fake apology from him.

    He should apologize to HIMSELF for opening his mouth and sounding like a complete homophobic dipshit.

    Posted by: KZ | Mar 6, 2013 5:54:47 PM

  4. Looks like some of the old school Poles didn't learn anything from the Holocaust.

    Posted by: Firestorm | Mar 6, 2013 7:14:29 PM

  5. It's too bad that Lech Walesa should embarrass himself and the valid parts of his legacy. In some defense, albeit an invalid one, he is still a creature of his time and upbringing, during much of which he got inspiration from Pope John Paul II and, simultaneously and subsequently, his minion Cardinal Ratzinger, Pope Benedict.

    Posted by: EdA | Mar 7, 2013 3:38:20 AM

  6. He is just another example how Poland as a country is still in the stone age. They call themselves a democratic country but would stone you to deat if you are openly gay. In order for Poland to embrace the democratic beliefs they need to wake up and get with the program like rest of the Europe did.

    Posted by: Krystian Stronski | Mar 26, 2013 8:48:08 AM

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