Thursday, December 20, 2007


Archbishop Desmond Tutu again forcefully spoke out about the shameful and disgraceful way most of the institutional Church has treated our LGBT sisters and brothers.

“'I want to apologise to you and to all those who we in the church have persecuted,'Archbishop Tutu says in the interview.

“'I’m sorry that we have been part of the persecution of a particular group. For me that is quite un-Christ like and, for that reason, it is unacceptable.'"

The two clips of his interview can be heard here.

Every Christian worthy of the name must be profoundly embarrassed and outraged at the way Gay people have been demonized from assorted pulpits throughout the world due to sheer ignorance and/or material gain and/or political gain and/or perverted psychological needs and/or social solidarity and/or sheer mendacity.

In any event, for any clergy and their followers to in any way discriminate against LGBT people, either through rhetoric and/or actions, or silence and inaction in the face of the oppression of LGBT people, is an indictment both of most of the institutional Church as well as an indictment of the thugs and cowards who claim to be both clergy and "Christian!"

These homophobic thugs and cowards contravene the very essence of the Gospel message, and they spit in the very face of God!
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Bishop Tutu is one of the people I would recommend as one of a group of Christian leaders who could head up a new LGBT Civil Rights initiative. You'd be a candidate for that group, too, Jerry.

Jerry Maneker said...

God bless you for saying that, Don Charles. Thank you so much for those kind sentiments.