Mar 4 2013

 

 

Nobel

Increasingly we are seeing former Nobel Peace Prize winners gravely disappoint the world with their homophobic rants. Most are more subtle than Poland's Lech Walesa who ABC News carried his latest rant against LGBT citizens. President Ellen Johnson of Liberia is another one who has proclaimed her opposition to LGBT rights. There has been other winners who have chimed in with their voices against full equality.

Walesa said recently:

Walesa said in a television interview on Friday that he believes gays have no right to sit on the front benches in Parliament and, if represented at all, should sit in the back, "and even behind a wall."

"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.

Of course most of these prizes were awarded when the epic struggle for LGBT freedom was not front and center around the world. However, our struggle is now front and center and the Nobel Peach Prize should require as a criteria for winning the Nobel Prize that the winner must be supportive of that struggle.

You really can't be an advocate for a peaceful world and hate a huge number of its citizens. The time has come for a change in Oslo.