Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai ‘Refuses to Throw a Stone’ at Gays in Response to Outrage

Zimbabwean PM Morgan Tsvangirai has caused an uproar from conservatives in his country over his recent show of support for protecting gays in the consitution.

TsvangiraiSaid Tsvangirai in a statement today clarifying his position:

“I want to put finality and closure to an issue that has been misinterpreted, the issue of the so-called gay rights. My beliefs on this issue are a matter of public record. My beliefs manifest themselves in my practice. I am a Christian associated with the Methodist church. I am a father. I am a grandfather. I am a family man. I am a Zimbabwean and I know the strong feelings of Zimbabweans about this issue. I have those strong feelings too but in the end, Zimbabweans are making their own Constitution and it is that Constitution which will bind every Zimbabwean. What I refuse to do as a loyal son of God and as a social democrat is to persecute, to judge, to condemn and to vilify people for their own opinions because judgment is a preserve of God the Almighty. The Book of Luke Chapter 6 verse 37: “Do not judge and you will not be judged, do not condemn and you will not be condemned. The Book of John Chapter 8 verse 7:  “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone… So while I may differ with them, as a Christian and as a social democrat, I refuse to throw a stone at them."

Posted November 2, 2011 at 11:59am ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Zimbabwe