Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wants Separation of State and Gays

A Nobel Peace Prize recipient has drawn fierce criticism for saying gay people should stop trying to impose their will on the rest of society and that they should be kept out of politics.

Lech Walesa, a former president hailed as a hero of Poland’s Left, has stunned many and called the honor of the Nobel prize into question after saying that he believes LGBT politicians should not be allowed to be on the front benches in parliament. Instead, he said they should be consigned to the doldrums or, better yet, be “behind a wall.”

The 69-year-old Walesa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983, reportedly told private Polish broadcaster TVN, “They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights … spoiling things for the others and taking from the majority.”

Voters in Poland recently gave seats to the country’s first openly gay serving politician, Robert Biedron, and first openly trans politician Anna Grodska.

“I don’t agree to this and I will never agree to it,” Walesa went on. “A minority should not impose itself on the majority.”

Despite criticism, Walesa has refused to apologize. He contends that he has been misunderstood. However, Walesa, who identifies as a Roman Catholic, is known to have staunch anti-gay views.

During a political campaign rally in 2000, Walesa reportedly said he believed gay people “need medical treatment,” advancing, “Imagine if all people were like that. We wouldn’t have any descendants.”

In 2012, Walesa said during an interview that if his son came out gay he would try to stop him from going down the “wrong road.”

Indeed one of Walesa’s sons, Jaroslaw Walesa, who is a politician at the European Parliament, has condemned his father, reportedly saying, “Gays, lesbians, the homosexuals, have the right to have a representation.”

Walesa, a father of eight, became Poland’s first elected democratic leader in 1990. Prior to this, in the 1970s, he had organized free non-Communist trade unions and took part in strikes and protests, for all of which he has earned a special place in the polish Left’s history. However, even among the faithful he has now elicited protests.

“From a human point of view his language was appalling. It was the statement of a troglodyte,” Jerzy Wenderlich, deputy speaker of Parliament with the Democratic Left Alliance, is quoted as saying to the press.

Of course this isn’t the first time that a Nobel Peace Prize winner has been found lacking.

Eyebrows were raised in 2009 when President Obama won the prize despite having only been president for a few months. President Obama even recently joked via a video message delivered to the annual dinner at the Alfalfa Club, “Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Price for negotiating an end to the Vietnam War; and I won mine for. . .  [looking off camera] What did I win mine for?”

From a very different vain came the criticism for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia who won the prize alongside two other female leaders in 2011, after she refused to even contemplate overhauling Liberia’s anti-gay laws, reportedly saying, ”We like ourselves just the way we are.”

The past few days have also seen Canadian researchers publish a study in which they claim evidence suggests that 1979 prize recipient Mother Teresa, who the Catholic Church has long held as a symbol of piety, humility and charity, actually did relatively little to help the poor in her care given the huge sums of money thrown her way, and that her derisive and incredibly conservative views — for instance her absolute unconditional opposition to abortion and contraception — may have done a great deal of harm.

This, of course, would not have been news to the late Christopher Hitchens who famously wrote numerous polemics on Teresa’s questionable actions and the media’s salivating over her so-called saintly credentials. Hitchens also offered an indictment of the aforementioned Henry Kissinger who he said history showed to be a war criminal.

So, perhaps a more thorough vetting of Nobel prize candidates is in order?


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Biby C.
Biby C.2 years ago

He should be stripped of the Nobel Peace Prize! He's not promoting peace here. Is he saying that all minorities, ethnic and whatever, should just shut up and accept what's being dished out to them?!?! Looks like his education hasn't done him any good!

Shela L.
sheila l.2 years ago

I have gay friends, at present they are not married. I accept them but I still maintain that gay marriage is being implemented by State Supreme Courts only. CA voters have noted NO how many times now?

Eventually, marriage between same sex couples will be commonplace.
However, many staunch Christians are against this and they do maintain they are being forced to accept a lifestyle which is against their faith. This is true in the Catholic Church.

You are quick to call me names; but you fail to comprehend the situation and you are not empathetic of others who do not hold your beliefs. So, who is the bigot???

Heather G.
Heather G.2 years ago

Shela, so if two adult human people you don't even know get married how EXACTLY are they forcing their life-style on you? It seems like YOU are forcing YOUR lifestyle on others just because YOU think they are unacceptable and abnormal.

sheila l.2 years ago

I understand what he is saying because many people do NOT believe in gay marriage and it is forcing gay lifestyle of straight people who find this unacceptable, abnormal.
It is true; you cannot force your mindset upon people who think homosexuality is abnormal
In the DSM pysch. manuals, homosexuality was considered a deviant lifestyle.

I don't care personally but I did not vote for gay marriage in MA, nor did any other voters when it was on the MA ballot. It was forced upon the state of MA by a very liberal gay judge appointed by Mitt Romney. This is true of every single state; it is all the State Supreme courts who pushed gay marriage. I don't find two people of the same sex a normalcy. It goes against the laws of nature. But, I am not offended by gays or lesbians.
I also think there are far too many youngsters experimenting now far more than before as it is being pushed as normal in our culture.

janet T.
janet T.2 years ago

It is a shame to see someone who fought for freedom turn around and deny it to others. After all, God can handle any punishment He sees fit. I keep being amazed that so many religious people do not seem to trust in God!?!?!?!?!?!? What you believe should not be codified into law!!!

Brian M.
Past Member 2 years ago

It seems that many people, particularly when they are young, are full of progressive idealism and values. Then, they get stuck. It is a shame to see someone who was once so revolutionary as Lech Walesa get bogged down by reactionary thinking.

Joel Hunt
Joel Hunt2 years ago

"Despite criticism, Walesa has refused to apologize."

Good for him. I disagree very strongly with what he is quoted as saying (I'm always wary of trusting small, translated quotes second-hand), and if those are indeed the values he holds, then I hope he sees sense some time soon and changes his mind.

However, no one should have to apologise for saying what they genuinely think. What would happen if he DID apologise? Would he be more comfortable with homosexuality? No. Would he be happy for gay politicians to be on the front bench? No. The only difference is that now he'd be lying about it.

The world would be a much better place if everyone could be honest about their opinions, even bigoted ones, and then we could finally have an adult conversation about it all and, hopefully, reason would prevail.

Elizabeth L.
Elizabeth L.2 years ago

John W I think you need this
Mental Health Information Service - ph: 1300 794 991.

greenplanet e.
greenplanet e.2 years ago

I don't agree that it's a minority "imposing" itself on the majority. It's about human rights for all.

Tish Levee
Tish Levee2 years ago

Walesa said, “They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things. And not rise to the greatest heights … spoiling things for the others and taking from the majority.”
If we apply that to Blacks in America, we would not have any bBacks in high political office, and certainly we would not have a Black president. Minorities of all kinds have or should have just as many rights as those in the majority. Remember, somewhere else in the world those who are in the majority may find themselves in the minority.