Friday, March 12, 2010

Desmond Tutu on Gay Rights In Africa

I am not in the least religious but I appreciate a friendly voice!

Desmond Tutu:

"Uganda's parliament is debating legislation that would make homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment, and more discriminatory legislation has been debated in Rwanda and Burundi. These are terrible backward steps for human rights in Africa. Our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters across Africa are living in fear.”

"And they are living in hiding -- away from care, away from the protection the state should offer to every citizen and away from health care in the AIDS era, when all of us, especially Africans, need access to essential HIV services. That this pandering to intolerance is being done by politicians looking for scapegoats for their failures is not surprising. But it is a great wrong. An even larger offense is that it is being done in the name of God. Show me where Christ said "Love thy fellow man, except for the gay ones." Gay people, too, are made in my God's image. I would never worship a homophobic God." - Desmond Tutu, in an editorial published in today's Washington Post.

And what has the “Christian” Pope said about Uganda? NOTHING, as he DOES worship a homophobic God. Maybe it’s time to redefine “Christian”.

And now for some good news: The first same sex marriages are taking place in Mexico City. Small steps.



  1. Croft, your frequent comments about and support of gay rights is appreciated. Your audience is likely older, possibly conservative RVers who can use a frequent dose of your take on this. Thank you. Kathe

  2. We second Kathe's comment, Croft. Nan and I are in our mid-60s, retired schoolteachers. I'm also a retired Commander, US Navy. We're both active GLBT allies. We are deeply ashamed of the rampant gay-bashing that goes on in the USA, a country that claims to stand for freedom and justice. And where does so much of the hate come from? So-called religious people. Desmond Tutu is a shining beacon for all humanity.