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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Africa 'stepping backward on human rights'

In keeping up with this anti-gay "wave of hate" (Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's words, which are incredibly accurate) that seems to have taken over Africa, I thought I would post on Archbishop Tutu's call for politicians and the clergy to end this current of anti-gay hate that has swept over Africa. Archbishop Tutu, the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner, declared proposed anti-gay measures in Uganda and other African countries (among of which are Malawi, Senegal and Kenya) as "terribly backward steps for human rights". 

Archbishop Tutu in The Washington Post, "Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people are part of so many families. They are part of the human family. They are part of God's family. And of course they are part of the African family. But a wave of hate is spreading across my beloved continent. People are again being denied their fundamental rights and freedoms.. Politicians who profit from exploiting this hate, from fanning it, must not be tempted by this easy way to profit from fear and misunderstanding. And my fellow clerics, of all faiths, must stand up for the principles of universal dignity and fellowship. Exclusion is never the way forward on our shared paths to freedom and justice." Read the rest here.

I have to say that I found Archbishop's speech/statement powerful and inspiring, and I can only hope that it is truly heard and carried forth.


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