Government Pg 5

(Catholic)

INTRODUCTION

 

Without laws there would be chaos and mayhem. Laws are based on morals passed down through the ages through Judeo-Christian history.

The dignity of human life, common decency, and the support of traditional family values have been the backbone to society and are crucial to society. It has been witnessed and experienced that the break down of the family is the break down of society.

Government laws and the judicial system must uphold the underlining values. Today, in the Twenty First Century, these very values are under attack.

1950-2000

Government A-Z

 
     Lech Wałęsa

 

Lech Wałęsa (Polish, 1] born 29 September 1943)


Lech Wałęsa was a charismatic president of Poland, 1990-95.  World renowned  human rights activist.    Winner of numerous international awards including the Nobel Peace prize 1983, Walesa was awarded over 30 honorary doctorates from universities worldwide.    He was co-founder of Solidarity, the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union.

 

The Catholic Church supported the movement, and in January 1981 Walesa was cordially received by Pope John Paul II in the Vatican. Walesa himself has always regarded his Catholicism as a source of strength and inspiration. 


By 1989, Gorbachev had made it clear that he would not intervene to prop up communist governments in Eastern Europe. Nationwide protests at last forced the communist regime to hold free elections, and Solidarity quickly formed a new coalition government. 


Walesa traveled to the United States, accepting a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George H.W. Bush. In a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, before Congressional leaders and Polish-American guests and labor leaders, President Bush hailed Mr. Walesa as “the spiritual godfather of a new generation of democracy.” President Bush said, “you were called a ‘nobody,’ but Lenin and Stalin have been disproved not by Presidents or Princes but by the likes of an electrician from Gdansk and his fellow workers in a brave union called Solidarity. The Iron Curtain is fast becoming a rusted, abandoned relic, symbolizing a lost era, a failed ideology.” Lech Walesa went on to become the first non-head of state to address a joint session of the United States Congress.


In 1990, Lech Walesa was elected to a five-year term as President of Poland. His autobiography, The Struggle and the Triumph, first appeared in English in 1992. Walesa supported the policy of “shock treatment” to convert Poland’s socialist economy to a Western capitalist model.


Despite waning popularity at home, Wałęsa's international reputation remained untouched. He continued his lecture circuit around the world, occasionally appearing in headlines. 


In 2014 in a widely publicized interview, Wałęsa expressed his disappointment in another Nobel laureate, US president Barack Obama: he told CNN, "When he was elected there was great hope in the world. We were hoping that Obama would reclaim moral leadership for America, but that failed ...  in terms of politics and morality America no longer leads the world".[54] Wałęsa also accused Obama of not deserving his Nobel Peace Prize;[15] during the 2012 US presidential campaign he endorsed Obama's opponent Mitt Romney.[55] 

 

In September 2015, Wałęsa again hit the headlines after sharing his thoughts on the migrant crisis in Europe with media, saying, "watching the refugees on television, I noticed that ... they are well fed, well dressed and maybe even are richer than we are ... If Europe opens its gates, soon millions will come through and while living among us will start exercising their own customs, including beheading".[15]


Wałęsa is a devout Roman Catholic.[97] He is a staunch opponent of abortion; in 1993 during his presidency he signed a law restricting abortions in Poland.[98] This law reversed the virtually free access to abortion that existed since 1956[98] and limited its use to cases in which the woman's life is in danger, pregnancy has resulted from rape or incest, or the fetus is irreparably damaged.[97] Doctors who violate the rules now face up to two years in prison.[98] This abortion law is one of the most restrictive in Europe, deeply divided the country, and saw the former Solidarity coalition split between liberals and conservatives.[98] 


The Polish Catholic Church supported Wałęsa,[97] but public opinion polls indicated most Poles favored retaining a liberal abortion law; 1.3 million Poles signed a petition demanding a plebiscite rather than governmental imposition of the law.[98] In 1994 a group of women legislators tried to ease the criteria for abortion; Wałęsa vetoed their amendment.[99]


Wałęsa is well known for his anti-gay position.[15] In 2013 he said on Polish television that homosexual people have no right to a prominent role in politics, "They have to know that they are a minority and must adjust to smaller things".[102] He also said homosexual MPs should sit "behind a wall" in a parliament.[103]


Despite sharp international criticism and a legal complaint of "propaganda of hate against a sexual minority",[104] Wałęsa refused to apologize for his comments.[105] At a political rally in 2000, he described gay people as "sick" and said, "I believe those people need medical treatment".[106] 


During the drawing up of a new Polish Constitution in 1995, President Wałęsa argued against the inclusion of gay rights provisions.[107] 


In 2014 City authorities of San Francisco renamed Walesa Street because of his "anti-gay remarks".[108] A deputy speaker of the Polish Parliament said Wałęsa's anti-gay position could jeopardize his international career as a human rights speaker.[109]

"When I continued saying that we were going to win against communism by peaceful means, they looked at me like a madman."

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lech_Wa%C5%82%C4%99sa
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1983/walesa/biographical/
https://www.achievement.org/achiever/lech-walesa/

 
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