King Henry VIII left the Catholic Church in order to divorce and
fornicate. Desmond Tutu is apparently willing to abandon theism
altogether in order to support and promote homosexuality. From The Daily Mail:
gay relationships are legal in South Africa, the country has had some
of the worst incidences of homophobic violence, UN human rights chief
Navi Pillay said.
'I am as passionate about this campaign as I
ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level,' the
81-year-old archbishop said at the launch of the Free and Equal campaign
in Cape Town.
Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than a
third of countries around the world and punishable by death in five, Ms
In Africa, homosexual acts are criminalised in 38 countries, according to the rights group Amnesty International.
Tutu, who retired as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996, has long campaigned for gay rights.
'I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place,' he said.
'I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.'
it would be one thing if Tutu were making a stand in opposition to
violence against homosexuals, a stand that is laudable and certainly
supported by the Catholic Church, despite the ignorant protestations of
many (including many Catholics, who think that making a proper moral
judgment about homosexual acts is somehow an act of violence). But "gay
rights" rarely means such a thing; it usually refers to the wholesale
endorsement of homosexuality, including the call for "gay marriage". And
we know that "homophobic" is increasingly used to slander anyone who
thinks homosexuality is disordered and that homosexual acts are sinful
and contrary to both nature and moral truth.
the article reports, says, "I am as passionate about this campaign as I
ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level." That is a
sad bit of commentary on the sort of confused "thinking", touted by so
many politicians and religious leaders, that cannot distinguish between
race/ethnicity and freely chosen actions.
The piece also notes
that "same-sex relationships" are still punishable by death in several
countries. Oddly enough, those countries are not identifed, perhaps
because all of them are under Islamic rule. As a February 2012 piece in The Economist
noted, "Of the seven countries that impose the death penalty for
homosexuality, all are Muslim." Well, goodness, that's rather
embarrassing for certain world leaders, as the Mail article indicates:
US President Barack Obama visited Senegal at the start of his visis to
Africa in June, he urged African nations to decriminalise homosexual
But he was publicly rebuffed by President Macky Sall of
Senegal while the pair were sharing a podium. President Sall said
Senegal was not ready to make the step.
Yet the Obama
administration has openly and actively supported radical Islamic
movements in Egypt (leading to riots and chaos) and in Syria (leading to
100,000 dead, many of them Christians). Put another way, we in the
United States hear about acts of homophobic violence, which are indeed
reprehensible and evil, but hardly ever hear about about the persecution
and killing of Christians in Muslim countries, or the deaths of
thousands of civilians, many of them Christians, in countries where
Islamic insurgents are making difficult and imperfect situations even
more difficult, and often far more deadly.
So, yes, let's
certainly denounce injustice. But making ridiculous pronouncements about
going to hell rather than worshipping a "homophobic God" is simply activist, secularist hysteria dressed up in clerical, pious garb.