The Czech Republic’s former prime minister, Mirek Topolanek announced his resignation as chairman of his conservative political party last month after coming under fire for his comment about Jews, gays and the Catholic Church.
Topolanek was reported to have said about the Czech Transport Minister Gustav Slamecka,
“He is a homosexual who ‘gives in’ when he faces a serious problem”.
Regarding Prime Minister Jan Fischer, he said,
“He’s simply a Jew; he’s not gay and he gives in even sooner.”
In addition to this vulgarity, Topolanek accused the Roman Catholic Church of “brainwashing” their believers.
Topolanek subsequently admitted that his words were misinterpreted. He called the press leak which published his comments a “provocation,” and he apologized on March 21 â€” the day the popular Czech tabloid newspaper “Blesk” published his comments.
“I apologize to gays â€” friends of mine and othersâ€¦I apologize to church members â€” those I know and those I don’t know. I apologize to Jews â€” politicians and all the othersâ€¦I apologize to the citizens.”
Last year he made international headlines when as prime minister of the country holding the European Union rotating presidency, he described the manner that U.S. President Barack Obama was dealing with the economic crisis as the “road to hell.”