God bless Lech Walesa. In a speech the other day he commented:
“They 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,” he told the private broadcaster TVN during a discussion of gay rights. “I don’t agree to this and I will never agree to it.”
“A minority should not impose itself on the majority,” Walesa said.
Finally, someone in politics had the guts to say it. Homosexuals are in the minority. While the media and gay activists would have and do have the public hornswoggled into thinking they make up 30-40% of the population in the US, they in fact make up only about 4%. In other countries, those of predominately Catholic, Jewish or Muslim faiths, they are a much smaller percentage. They can not, they should not, nor will they be able to, without government coercion or force, impose their lifestyle choices on the majority or force the acceptance of the same.
Putting aside the moral component for the moment, the outrage that greeted this remark, which by the way probably resonated with much of Polands Catholic citizenry, is almost laughable. Stating fact apparently has now become “hate speech”. There is no hate in this remark. Walesa stated facts.
1. They are a minority.(and not the only one in either Poland or any other country including the US)
2. They must adjust to smaller things…..spoiling things for others and taking what they want from the majority. (Including insisting that those of a different moral framework accept and condone behavior that is considered abhorrent to them. In the situation gays in Poland find themselves it will be difficult to be elected to political office and other high profile professions. People usually won’t vote for someone whose personal life they find immoral or inconsistent with their core values)
3. He doesn’t agree. (I’m not up on Polish constitutional law but not agreeing with someone does not constitute “hate speech”. It is a indicator of free speech and liberty however. I don’t agree with most politicians today but so far I’m allowed to disagree without being on a list or becoming a pariah. Since when are we not allowed to say what we think? Oh, that’s right we can say what we think as long as no one is offended. Get prepared for a whole lot of silence because I can guarantee you that something you say every day is going to offend someone. I personally am offended everyday by posts on my facebook page put there by people I consider friends and family. My staunch defense of the Constitution and my unending focus on the presidents ineptness, incompetence and downright stupidity offend people daily and might just offend someone reading this post right now. There is no guarantee we will not be offended, we either choose to be offended or we do not.)
4.”A minority should not impose itself on the majority”. (This is the most intelligent thing I’ve heard in the last several decades. Ronald Reagan would have said the same exact thing. What if the minority of people that are Mormon decided everyone should live according to their beliefs. No drinking, no smoking, no doing drugs, no extra marital or pre marital sex, honest dealings with your fellow men, ie no cheating on your taxes. A renewed focus on real education, actual service to your fellow man, belief in Apostles, Prophets, Seers and Revelators. Paying an honest tithe, 10% of your gross income. Being subject to the laws and ordinances of the government under which you live. No pornography, no violent movies or video games-R or NC17 rated entertainment, no foul videos or songs, no half naked people strutting around on stage for the prurient amusement of the deviate. How many of the majority would want to give up beer in the fridge, Grand Theft Auto on the box and porn on the TV? While it might be healthier, safer and more comfortable to live that way, we all have the right to live as well or as ill as we wish. That’s what a representative democracy is all about. )
We as human beings have to decide what we are willing to tolerate. I’m not referring to people’s beliefs and lifestyle choices here. People have a God given right to live in a manner that pleases them as long as they do not try to force those beliefs either by force or coercion on others and as long as they live within the confines of the laws of the land in which they live. That is why this country was founded. The fact that a majority of people do not believe as you do does not give them the right to harm you nor does it give you the right to insist they validate your beliefs, nor does it preclude them from having and giving an opinion on those beliefs.
If I chose to be offended by every person who’s savaged the LDS religion, it’s people, it’s doctrine or it’s very existence I’d spend all of my time offended and never go anywhere or talk to anyone. People have a right to believe whatever nonsense they choose about any subject or people or event or activity. To label honest opinion as “hate speech” and insist that all of someone’s life work be dismissed because they disagree with a shrieking, bawling, pre-adolensent acting minority no matter what their permutation is reprehensible, contemptible and scurrilous.
If I went to the Middle East where women are confined behind a cotton prison I should be prepared to accept that fate. The fact that I refuse to do so will probably mean that I won’t ever see that area of the world and I accept that. The idea people in the Middle East consider the US and West to be the Great Satan makes me sad but I’m not about to force them to like us by bribery or force. If they are a threat to me and mine I will fight them but as long as they stay on their side of the playground we will get along fine.
All of this should be common sense but today there is nothing so uncommon as common sense. For those who don’t believe in the end of the world good luck with that. We are quickly approaching critical mass. Of course that’s just my opinion- don’t be offended. (practice, practice, practice)