‘I’d rather go to hell than worship a homophobic God’: Desmond Tutu speaks out as he compares gay rights to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa

I can bet any number of African Christians are now thoroughly confounded by the Church’s inability to decide once and for all whether homosexuality is bad, Hmmmm.

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By ABIGAIL FRYMANN

The South African Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he will never worship a ‘homophobic God’ and would rather go to hell than find himself in a ‘homophobic heaven’.

The retired archbishop said the fight against homophobia in South Africa was similar to the campaign waged against racial apartheid in South Africa.

Archbishop Tutu, 81, was speaking at the launch of the UN’s first global campaign to promote gay rights.

Emphatic: Archbishop Tutu said today's struggle for gay rights in Africa was on a par with the struggle to end apartheidEmphatic: Archbishop Tutu said today’s struggle for gay rights in Africa was on a par with the struggle to end apartheid

Although 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 Pillay said.

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.’

Alliance: The charismatic archbishop, 81, shared a platform with the openly gay Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron the and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay Alliance: The charismatic archbishop, 81, shared a platform with the openly gay Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron the and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay

Archbishop Tutu said the campaign against homophobia was on a par with the campaign to end the official racial segregation that split South Africa until it was formally ended in 1994.

‘I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level,’ he added.

Ms Pillay said gay and lesbian people in South Africa had good legal safeguards but they still faced brutal attacks.

Last month, a lesbian was found dead in a township outside Johannesburg. She had been sexually assaulted with a toilet brush.

‘People are literally paying for their love with their lives,’ Ms Pillay said, AFP news agency reported.

 

Launch: the trio were announcing the launch of Free & Equal, a United Nations global campaign to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. South African gays still face brutal homophobic attacksLaunch: the trio were announcing the launch of Free & Equal, a United Nations global campaign to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. Gay people in South Africa still face brutal homophobic attacks

Ms Pillay said the UN will push for gay rights to be recognised in countries where they are illegal.

‘I constantly hear governments tell me, ‘but this is our culture, our tradition and we can’t change it’… So we have lots of work to do,’ she added.

When US President Barack Obama visited Senegal at the start of his visis to Africa in June, he urged African nations to decriminalise homosexual acts.

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.

Other African faith leaders including Kenyan Catholic Cardinal John Njue also rejected Obama’s comments.

 

Culled from dailymail.co.uk

 

One thought on “‘I’d rather go to hell than worship a homophobic God’: Desmond Tutu speaks out as he compares gay rights to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa

  1. If he was a true man of God he Would have known what God has to say about homosexuality. If homosexuality is natural why is it that other animals don’t practice it?

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