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Archbishop Desmond Tutu Blasts Anglican Church Over Gay Rift

TutuArchbishop Desmond Tutu blasted the African Anglican Church on Friday over its rift with the Episcopal branch and its positions on gay clergy. The African Anglicans are reportedly refusing to sit at a table with Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at a global Anglican meeting in Tanzania next month.

Said Tutu: "I am deeply disturbed that in the face of some of the most horrendous problems facing Africa, we concentrate on 'what do I do in bed with whom'. For one to penalise someone for their sexual orientation is the same as penalising someone for something they can do nothing about, like ethnicity or race. I cannot imagine persecuting a minority group which is already being persecuted. The God I worship would not consider that [gay clergy] to be a priority concern."

Tutu added that "churches should instead be thinking about poverty, HIV/AIDS and conflict resolution."

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  1. I think many of these trolls are closet cases who come to this site to "Know thy enemy" and most likely end up distracted by the DNA and Real Jock models.

    Posted by: mark m | Jan 23, 2007 1:03:29 PM

  2. Archbishop Tutu is a wise, thoughtful, empathic, compassionate genius who represents the perfect model what religion could be as tool to bring people together rather than as a justification for prejudice, bigotry and hate-mongering. While I no longer have any personal belief in God, I respect Archbishop Tutu as a person of virtue and principal, ideals which the world could use much more of in these troubled days...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Jan 24, 2007 12:35:42 AM

  3. I always knew Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a brilliant man, and I, as a 67 year old gay man,am so pleased that we have so many more important things on this planet to attend to,and yes, please stay out of our bedrooms,for goodness sake. And who really cares what's going on at the Vatican.

    Posted by: waldon | Jan 27, 2007 7:01:07 PM

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