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  1. “Devout Roman Catholic” – That’s all you need to know. Another reason to laugh at that putrid church (indeed, good laugh at lunch time news – bunch of pampered crusty cloistered old tossers mincing about in their ankle length frocks..)

    And he can take his “peace prize” and shove it up his firmament; decrepit relic that he is and worthless bauble that it has become.

    1. Liam the God 4 Mar 2013, 1:51pm

      There’s nothing to add to that.

    2. Maybe his homophobia is rooted in his religion, but there was something about what he said that sounded like a deep, *personal* homophobia rather than just a religion-based one – ie that crap about sitting behind a wall. Truly shocking.

  2. What a horrible human being ! how about stopping bigots from even opening their mouths where only shit comes out !

  3. Unbelievable! I really can’t believe that someone like him said that – absolutely shocking! Proof that anyone can be homophobic no matter what their position or background.

    I hope he apologises for his vile statement.

  4. Spoken like a true christian. They never disappoint.

    1. David Myers 4 Mar 2013, 11:06pm

      If he was a true Christian he wouldn’t say this. A true Christian believes in the golden rule and the teachings of Jesus – not the rantings of the old testament. p.s. I am an atheist but I respect true Christians who actually follow the teachings of Jesus in their everyday lives.

  5. “It was the statement of a troglodyte.” That’s a nit insulting to troglodytes everywhere. It was, in fact, the statement of someone who should educate themselves.

  6. Really encouraging to see all the political parties denouncing his blatant homophobia..

  7. Say no more than, “Old homophobe = Devout Roman Catholic.

  8. Dave North 4 Mar 2013, 2:30pm

    They tried that once in Berlin.

    And that Wall was eventually pulled down.

    Given Poland’s history you show know that no good comes of these things.


  9. Thanks for the explanation (in brackets) :) :) :)
    I would never have guessed ….

    1. alternatively, cat: but it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it

  10. Liam the God 4 Mar 2013, 2:32pm

    It shows how quickly those that were oppressed can become Oppressors themselves. I think the old Communist Polish government would have said the same about the Solidarity Trade Union, except they just embarked upon massive repression instead. How long was Lech imprisoned in the 1980’s?

    1. casparthegood 4 Mar 2013, 2:47pm

      how soon they forget

  11. ColinJones 4 Mar 2013, 2:37pm

    Letting in these Eastern European countries was one of the EU’s biggest mistakes, they’re all homophobic.

    1. But they have all become less so since joining the EU.
      Just see where Russia and Belarus are going. Most of the rest of Eastern Europe would be falling into line with Russia again if the EU wasn’t pushing it’s influence in that direction.

  12. The analogy is with the Islamic punishment if gay men. We were forced to sit at the base of walls that were then bulldozed down onto us. You’d think that he wouldn’t need to look far into his county’s history to appreciate the true horror of what he said. It was EM Forster who advised: Only Connect. Some folks never do so the struggle doesn’t stop.

  13. Cardinal Fang 4 Mar 2013, 2:48pm

    Hard to teach an old dog new tricks, but try anyway.

  14. If he said this about Jews he would of been stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize.

  15. At different times, but in quite recent history, Stalin and Hitler would have said something similar about his countrymen.

  16. What shall ANYONE expect from anyplace run my the catholic Mafia? Nothing less than scum rhetoric. End of discussion

  17. garry Cassell 4 Mar 2013, 3:18pm

    I thought that people gain wisdom with age…I guess it doesn’t apply to biggoted guys….

  18. Isa Kocher 4 Mar 2013, 3:34pm

    isn’t that spelled Letch

  19. Walesa had a noble history of opposing communism in Poland.

    He’s just thrown his legacy away.

  20. I used to have respect for Walesa, having watched him lead the Polish opposition to communism. I have no respect for him whatsoever now, after that disgustingly vile homophobic comment. The Nobel Prize Committee should demand the immediate return of his prize. He does not now deserve to be the holder of the Peace Prize.

  21. I hope this small-minded man gets his Noble Peace prize revoked! If Lech Walesa isn’t stripped of his Noble award, it will indeed deminish the status and significance of this award.

  22. Christopher in Canada 4 Mar 2013, 5:09pm

    Poland, meet Texas. Texas, Poland. The two of you should get along very well!

  23. He’s a devout Catholic….Friend of the last Pope……end of story…

  24. He’s Polish and Catholic for f***ks sake what do you expect

  25. Too bad, given what he managed to do in Poland all those years ago. That said, he`s made homophobic comments before, so no surprize.

  26. “Minorities should sit behind a wall”…?
    They’re only minorities when you can point to one. What about those in (very) high places that you cannot see until they are ignominiously outed?
    Those who shout and harrumph at ‘those gays’ and who, 5 minutes later, are know to have fled, yes FLED, the country.
    Walesa was big mates with Pope JPII, the very same pope who took one look at the documentation on the sexual abuse and promptly booked another tour for himself and his pope-show.
    Even Ratzinger, as one of his cardinals back then, told him about it and was promptly silenced/ignored/sidelined.


  27. What a shame. I really respected him when I was younger – bringing Poland out of Russia’s grip, leading his people in their fight for freedom. But I suppose he was a tough union leader at a very macho time, from a very macho background. However, not much of an excuse now for being a bigot. Such a shame.

  28. Itchycoo Mark 5 Mar 2013, 11:38am

    So much for Solidarity Lech

  29. Another homophobic East European…it’s rampant all over the east.

  30. Why are you so surprised?
    Hitler was fighting against communism too,

    But Hitler is not hero of Israel, where no comunism while many former residents of Germany or Poland

    If somebody killed crocodile it does not mean he is your friend…

  31. Having lived with people from Poland. I think it is important to remember that still they might not have a point of reference. I prefer instead of condemning him automatically to think if he was enlightened more, he might be accepting. A person’s distorted views and prejudices at times are no fault of the person until they are exposed to other ways of thinking. Just my humble opinion and no, I don’t want to debate this.

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