Desmond Tutu (shown in photo), the controversial black Anglican archbishop of South Africa, came out boldly for homosexual rights in comments July 26, going as far as to say that he could not worship a God who rejects the aberrant lifestyle. The 81-year-old Tutu, who retired as the Anglican archbishop of Cape Town back in 1996, was speaking at a news conference for the launch of a United Nations campaign to promote homosexual rights.
“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven,” declared the high-profile black African leader, who was a key champion for the end of white majority rule in South Africa in the 1970s and '80s. “No, I would say sorry — I mean, I would much rather go to the other place,” he said. Tutu added for emphasis, “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”
According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper, Tutu said the UN's pro-homosexual gambit was as important as the campaign in South Africa to end apartheid, which was phased out in 1994. “I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid,” he said. “For me, it is at the same level.”
Tutu is clearly in the minority among both national and religious leaders on the African continent. According to Amnesty International, homosexual acts are criminalized in no less than 38 African countries. Not surprisingly, in those African nations dominated by Islam, homosexual acts are punishable by death.
As for Christianity, in Tutu's own Anglican Church, African bishops have steadfastly spoken against homosexuality as opposed to Scripture, and while South Africa has legalized same-sex partnerships as equal to marriage, South Africa Anglican clergy are prohibited from performing same-sex "marriage" ceremonies.
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