Bishop Desmond Tutu has always been outspoken, and even though he has retired he is still weighing in on important issues. This time he is fighting for a new cause – the discrimination of LGBT individuals by religious institutions. He said at the United Nations launch of its Gay Rights program in Cape Town last Friday that “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.” and “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.”
Here’s a link to an article in HuffPost about Bishop Tutu’s statements:
We all know what an uphill battle this is in Africa where in Uganda homosexuality is already illegal and parliament introduced legislation recently that would impose harsher punishments, including life imprisonment, and even the death penalty for some homosexual acts. The bill would require people to report every LGBT individual they know or face imprisonment. The bill also seeks to repatriate any LGBT Ugandans who have sought asylum in other countries, or engaged in same sex relationships abroad, to face punishment at home. My advice is if you’re LGBT do not go to Uganda because you may never return .
Here’s an article in Democracy Now about the fight for gay rights in Uganda. At last count almost half a million people signed an online petition against this bill.