Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says God has commanded him to
speak out on gay rights.
The 81-year-old retired Anglican bishop, who gained notoriety
speaking out against apartheid in South Africa, says he is speaking
out on gay rights not because he wants to but because he must.
“Anywhere where the humanity of people is undermined, anywhere
where people are left in the dust, there we will find our cause,”
Tutu told Religion
News Service. “Sometimes you wish you could keep quiet. It's
the kind of thing you heard the prophet Jeremiah complain of where he
says, 'You know God, I didn't want to be a prophet and you made me
speak words of condemnation against a people I love deeply. Your word
is like a fire burning in my breast.'”
“It isn't that it's questionable when you speak up for the right
of people with different sexual orientation. People took some part of
us and used it to discriminate against us. In our case, it was our
ethnicity; it's precisely the same thing for sexual orientation.
People are killed because they're gay. I don't think, 'What do I want
to do today? I want to speak up on gay rights.' No. It's God catching
me by my neck. I wish I could keep quiet about the plight of the
Palestinians. I can't! The God who was there and showed that we
should become free is the God described in the Scriptures as the same
yesterday, today and forever.”