Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu says that he has no choice but to speak out for the rights of gays and lesbians.

In an interview with Religion News Service, Tutu stated that the most pressing issue facing Christians was when “the humanity of people is undermined, anywhere where people are left in the dust”.

He went to explain that discrimination against gay people was equivalent to racism.

“People took some part of us and used it to discriminate against us. In our case, it was our ethnicity; it’s precisely the same thing for sexual orientation. People are killed because they’re gay,” said the 81-year-old Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

“I don’t think, ‘What do I want to do today? I want to speak up on gay rights.’ No. It’s God catching me by my neck. I wish I could keep quiet about the plight of the Palestinians. I can’t! The God who was there and showed that we should become free is the God described in the Scriptures as the same yesterday, today and forever.”

When asked about Pope Francis’ recent statement saying “who am I to judge?” about gay people, Tutu replied that he thinks that the new Pontiff is “a tremendous breath of fresh air”.

In July, Tutu said that he would rather go to hell than worship a God who is homophobic.

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