The outspoken archbishop, Nobel prize winner, and human rights activist Desmond Tutu made the following remarks recently.
South Africa’s iconic retired archbishop, Desmond Tutu, said on Friday that if he had his pick, he’d go to hell before heading to a heaven that condemned homosexuality as sin.
“I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this,” he said, by way of denouncing religions that discriminate against gays, in Agence France-Presse.
He added, AFP reported: “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.”
You’ve got to hand it to Tutu, the man speaks his mind. My daughter had the occasion to meet Tutu at a private party in South Africa and she said that he was a cheerful guy with an impish sense of humor.
South Africa is way ahead of the US is terms of gay rights. After its Constitutional Court ruled in 2005 that the common law definition of marriage should extend to same-sex couples based on the equal protection clause in their constitution, in 2006 their parliament passed by an overwhelming majority a law that legalized same sex marriage.
Young Republicans in the US are trying to shift their party on this issue:
On same-sex marriage and abortion, young GOP leaders say Republicans should tolerate a range of views, even while maintaining a socially conservative identity. Some of these activists say their party must tread lightly after the Supreme Court recently threw out the most powerful part of the Voting Rights Act, the law that became a major turning point in black Americans’ struggle for equal rights and political power.
“We don’t have to lose our principles,” said Angel Garcia, who leads the Young Republicans in Chicago, Obama’s hometown. “But we have to have a conversation on all these issues so we don’t leave Democrats to say we’re just old white men and racist, bigoted homophobes.”
But these young Republicans are going to have a tough time changing the party’s image. A Gallup Poll released today finds that while 52% of Americans would approve of such a national law today, when the vote is broken down, the only groups with a majority against legalizing same-sex marriage are people in the South, those 55 years and older, Protestants, conservatives, those who attend church weekly, and Republicans, though the last seems redundant since the other categories seem to practically define the party’s dominant groups.