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Elspeth
06-25-2014, 04:54 PM
Now Gay Activists Are Whining About A Campus Building Named After Heroic Anti-Communist
http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/24/now-gay-activists-are-whining-about-a-campus-building-named-after-heroic-anti-communist/#ixzz35gNWjvlP


Gay-rights activists at Northeastern Illinois University are demanding that school officials rename a building currently called Lech Walesa Hall because of a negative comment Lech Walesa once made about homosexuals.

The Chicago-area public university designated the academic building as “Lech Walesa Hall” in 2009, reports The College Fix.

Walesa, an electrician, is a Nobel Prize-winning Polish politician, trade-union organizer and human-rights activist who did as much as any other human being to free Eastern Europe from the yoke of communism. He was also the first democratically-elected president of Poland after the fall of the Soviet Bloc.

When school administrators changed the building’s name five years ago to honor Walesa, they publicized Northeastern Illinois’s relationship with Chicago’s large Polish community and its exchange programs with universities in the traditionally Catholic country.

Then, in March 2013, Walesa responded in a politically incorrect way in a television interview to a question about where gay members should sit in the country’s parliament.

“No minority should climb all over the majority,” he said, according to the Fix. “Homosexuals should even sit behind a wall, and not somewhere at the front.”

As a result, explains The Guardian, a Polish group that seeks to punish what it decides is hate speech filed a complaint against Walesa in his hometown of Gdansk. The complaint charged the former president, who is retired from political life, with encouraging a “propaganda of hate against a sexual minority.”

Earlier this month, well over a year after Walesa made his comments, a gay student at Northeastern Illinois named Mike Lackovich launched a protest against the name “Lech Walesa Hall.”

Lackovich has argued that the campus building named after Walesa might cause gay students to kill themselves, according to the Fix. He compared the academic building’s name to an endorsement of swastikas or cross burnings on campus. He also managed to compare the edifice to an imaginary building called “Hitler Hall.”

The timely, on-the-ball student was assisted by CNN, which ran the blaring headline “NEIU Board of Trustees Embrace Homophobic Leader Over Student Safety” on its CNN iReport, which aims to “paint a more complete picture of the news.”

In April, Shelley Bannister, a professor of “justice studies,” presented a petition to the school’s board of trustees seeking a name change. The petition had 400 signatures.

thundley4
06-25-2014, 07:36 PM
Lackovich has argued that the campus building named after Walesa might cause gay students to kill themselves,

So? If they are that easily driven to suicide then we are better off without them.

Not only that. IIRC, Walesa also snubbed Obama when he visited Poland. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1391520/Barack-Obama-snubbed-Lech-Walesa-Warsaw-trip.html

The pantywadders will probably get their way in the end.

Dlr Pyro
06-25-2014, 07:54 PM
Lackovich has argued that the campus building named after Walesa might cause gay students to kill themselves

bad drama from a drama queen

JohnnyJeb
06-25-2014, 08:19 PM
Well, I guess they will never name any buildings, highways bridges, etc. after me.....and I don't care.

SVPete
06-25-2014, 08:41 PM
What should happen is for the school officials to respond, swiftly, "Request denied". This being real-world academia, I expect the school officials to do a weasel-and-cave.

noonwitch
06-26-2014, 10:45 AM
Wow. I remember in the 1980s, when liberal icon Bruce Springsteen and his bandmate Steve van Zandt (Silvio) were actively supporting the Solidarity movement and Lech Walesea. To this day, the UAW's news magazine that they send to all their members is named "Solidarity" as a tribute.

Lanie
06-26-2014, 12:36 PM
Wow. I remember in the 1980s, when liberal icon Bruce Springsteen and his bandmate Steve van Zandt (Silvio) were actively supporting the Solidarity movement and Lech Walesea. To this day, the UAW's news magazine that they send to all their members is named "Solidarity" as a tribute.

Well, now you better not say anything bad against gays or else you can't be a true liberal. I have to say what he said was pretty bad, so I can understand activists being upset. At the same time, one can't forget his other leftist qualities. Union?

Elspeth
06-26-2014, 12:40 PM
Wow. I remember in the 1980s, when liberal icon Bruce Springsteen and his bandmate Steve van Zandt (Silvio) were actively supporting the Solidarity movement and Lech Walesea. To this day, the UAW's news magazine that they send to all their members is named "Solidarity" as a tribute.

The liberal landscape has changed. Once you couch sexual preferences in the language of "rights", you create a "civil rights" issue every time one person disapproves of another's sexual choices. You also create another "victim" class.

This is how someone like Walesa, who spearheaded a movement against a totalitarian occupier, can be entirely discredited because he disapproves of the sexual choices of a small group of people.

noonwitch
06-26-2014, 02:14 PM
The liberal landscape has changed. Once you couch sexual preferences in the language of "rights", you create a "civil rights" issue every time one person disapproves of another's sexual choices. You also create another "victim" class.

This is how someone like Walesa, who spearheaded a movement against a totalitarian occupier, can be entirely discredited because he disapproves of the sexual choices of a small group of people.


It's interesting-I don't see Jews protesting in front of Henry Ford Community College, or Henry Ford Hospital. Henry Ford owned a newspaper that published "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", or whatever is the exact wording of that anti-semtic trash. He also established community assets that serve the region to this day, regardless of the religion or race of those who are served by them.


I wonder if the activists are even students at that school, or just professional activists.

Elspeth
06-27-2014, 03:30 AM
It's interesting-I don't see Jews protesting in front of Henry Ford Community College, or Henry Ford Hospital. Henry Ford owned a newspaper that published "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", or whatever is the exact wording of that anti-semtic trash. He also established community assets that serve the region to this day, regardless of the religion or race of those who are served by them.


I wonder if the activists are even students at that school, or just professional activists.

The GLBT community looks for things to be outraged about and heads to scalp. On the other hand, American Jews are not running around looking for Firefox executives who might have donated to anti-Israel groups and making them lose their jobs. (And trust me, with the anti-Israel divestment movement, supporters of Israel could be starting witch hunts, especially in academia. They're not as far as I can tell.)

RobJohnson
06-27-2014, 05:16 AM
I wonder if the activists are even students at that school, or just professional activists.

Good question.

RobJohnson
06-27-2014, 05:17 AM
Well, now you better not say anything bad against gays or else you can't be a true liberal. I have to say what he said was pretty bad, so I can understand activists being upset. At the same time, one can't forget his other leftist qualities. Union?

I might be a bad conservative because I have gay friends, some of them are married. :biggrin-new:

Lanie
06-27-2014, 11:10 AM
I might be a bad conservative because I have gay friends, some of them are married. :biggrin-new:

Me too.