Wow. Desmond Tutu says – echoing Huck Finn – he would rather go to hell than to a homophobic heaven.
That’s really quite amazing (in a good way). Since he’s an archbishop, he takes those categories seriously (as Huck did). That means he would give up a lot of massively important goods for one that for him is even more important. That’s impressive.
He also says he would prefer that hell to worship of a homophobic god. That too is impressive.
(It’s unfair, in a way, that theists get credit for this when atheists don’t. But atheists aren’t giving up anything in saying that, while theists are. I find it hard not to give Tutu credit.)
Desmond Tutu has said he would rather go to hell than worship a homophobic god.
The retired archbishop was speaking at the United Nations’ launch of its gay-rights program in Cape Town, South Africa, a country where there is still much prejudice against gay people.
He said: “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.
“I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.
“I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level.”