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I love Desmond Tutu

I’m a United Church member, but I think Desmond Tutu, retired Archbishop of Cape Town for the Anglican Church, is a great man and a great representative for that sect, and a symbol of tolerance and compassion. He “gets” it, and he proves why with these statements:

“I am deeply disturbed that in the face of some of the most horrendous problems facing Africa, we concentrate on ‘what do I do in bed with whom’,” the South African Nobel Laureate Tutu told a news conference in Nairobi. “For one to penalize someone for their sexual orientation is the same as penalizing someone for something they can do nothing about, like ethnicity or race. I cannot imagine persecuting a minority group which is already being persecuted.”

… “The God I worship would not consider that [gay clergy] to be a priority concern,” Tutu said, adding that churches should instead be thinking about poverty, HIV/Aids and conflict resolution.

Bravo, Archbishop Tutu… Bravo.

(H/T to Leaping Rabbit)

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4 comments to I love Desmond Tutu

  • Desmond Mpilo Tutu is indeed a great man. I have heard him speak on this issue and he is quite clear that humans were created in God’s image: black, white, yellow, straight, gay, … We have to respect and worship that.

  • Dan

    Desmond Tutu is one of my heroes, it’s hard not to be swept up by the man’s passion when he speaks.

  • knb

    I’m not at all religious, but I do not see this man confined to such terms. I do like him and what he has to say.

    I find it disturbing that there are so few such voices in the world, or at least those with an audience.

    Who besides Mandela commands this kind of respect? My mind is blank but there must be more. Wouldn’t it be nice to have each of them rotate, on a monthly basis, to a global audience, to re-focus us? Force us to confront what should be confronted?

  • Isn’t he the best? I feel richer every time I hear him speak. (or read, as the case may be).
    Thanks, GDK

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