Tutu Likens Gays’ Treatment to Apartheid

Tutu Likens Gays’ Treatment to Apartheid

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tutu"Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, said African churches were paying too much attention to the issue of homosexuality while ignoring real problems facing the continent. "I am deeply, deeply distressed that in the face of the most horrendous problems – we’ve got poverty, we’ve got conflict and war, we’ve got HIV/AIDS – and what do we concentrate on? What you are doing in bed," Tutu told journalists in Nairobi during the World Social Forum…"

Tutu likened discrimination against homosexuals to that faced by black people under South Africa’s racist apartheid policies.

"To penalise someone because of their sexual orientation is like what used to happen to us; to be penalised for something which we could do nothing [about] — our ethnicity, our race," said Tutu. "I would find it quite unacceptable to condemn, persecute a minority that has already been persecuted."

Differences over homosexuality have threatened to tear apart the worldwide Anglican Communion, with some dioceses cutting links with the Episcopal Church over the issue.

Ecumenical News International (ENI.ch)

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