Functional atheist Archbishop Desmond Tutu makes God in his image and likeness.

This Blog  condemns  all violence  against  LGBT  people

The word  “homophobia” was  coined by a psychologist  to stigmatise persons  who did not  support  same – sex relationships.

Homophobia  implies  a  neurosis – a mental  illness  characterised  by irrational fear  of same-sex  relationship

In ordinary , uninformed parlance, it is a  derogatory  label  for  those  who  do not  support  same – sex  relationships.  

In the  article  below  functional atheist Archbishop Desmond Tutu seems  to  be   saying  that  he  will  not  worship  a  God  who  does  not embrace  homosexuality .

We  agree  with the Archbishop  in condemning  violence  against  LGBT  persons  but  recommend  that  the  Archbishop  leave  the  church  or  publicly  acknowledge  that  the Bible  is not  relevant  to  his considered  positions.  

Archbishop  Tutu  should ideally  identify  with  a secular  or  atheist group  if   he  will  not  worship  God  if  God  does  not  agree  with same  sex  relationships.

 

 

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23464694

26 July 2013 Last updated at 15:51 GMT

Archbishop Tutu ‘would not worship a homophobic God’

Desmond Tutu (26 July 2013)Archbishop Desmond Tutu compared homophobia to racism

South Africa’s Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu says he will never worship a “homophobic God” and will rather go to hell.

The retired archbishop was speaking at the launch of a UN-backed campaign in South Africa to promote gay rights.

Despite same-sex relationships being legal in South Africa, it had some of the worst cases of homophobic violence, UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said.

Archbishop Tutu, 81, is a long-standing campaigner for gay rights.

‘Toilet brush attack’

He retired as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996, but has remained the moral conscience of the nation, correspondents say.

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I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid”

Desmond TutuSouth African cleric

Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than a third of countries around the world and punishable by death in five, Ms Pillay said.

In Africa, homosexual acts are still a crime in 38 countries, according to the rights group Amnesty International.

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place,” Archbishop Tutu said at the launch of the Free and Equal campaign in Cape Town.

“I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”

Archbishop Tutu said the campaign against homophobia was similar to the campaign waged against racism in South Africa.

“I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level,” he added.

Ms Pillay said gay and lesbian people in South Africa had some of the best legal safeguards since apartheid ended in 1994, but they still faced brutal attacks.

Last month, a lesbian was found dead, having been sexually assaulted with a toilet brush.

“People are literally paying for their love with their lives,” she said, AFP news agency reports.

The UN would push for gay rights to be recognised in countries where they are illegal, Ms Pillay said.

“I constantly hear governments tell me, ‘but this is our culture, our tradition and we can’t change it’… So we have lots of work to do,” she added.

Archbishop Tutu won the Nobel peace prize in 1984 for campaigning against white minority rule in South Africa.

 

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