On Friday, at the commencement of the United Nations gay-rights program, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who hails from the Anglican Church, excoriated religions that do not approve of homosexuality. Tutu said, “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this . . . 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.”
Tutu’s condemnation is interesting, since in 2005 he also said gays should remain celibate: “In our Church here in South Africa, that doesn’t make a difference. We just say that at the moment, we believe that they should remain celibate and we don’t see what the fuss is about.”
But considering what kind of people Tutu would refuse to associate with after he dies, it’s also good to know what kind of people he associates with while he’s alive. Tutu is a member of an advisory board to a group called the Global March to Jerusalem (GM2J). Other advisors to the group include two members of Hamas, Zaher Birawi and Ahmad Abo Halabiya. Abo Halabiya gave a sermon at a mosque that was broadcast on Palestinian television in which he said:
Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them . . . and those Americans who are like them, and those who stand by them.”
But defenders of the traditional Judeo-Christian faith are not worthy of association with the sainted archbishop, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.