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Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “God is for Freedom, Equality and Love”

Archbishop Desmond TutuPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The Uganda Parliament is set to consider the country’s infamous “Kill the Gays” bill in the coming weeks, with Speaker Rebecca Kadaga saying she wants to pass the bill as a “Christmas gift” for anti-gay activists.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is now adding his respected voice to the chorus speaking out against the legislation.

In his compelling op-ed, Tutu calls on the Ugandan people to reject the hatred and prejudice inherent in the legislation:

One thing that Ugandan legislators should know is that God does not discriminate among members of our family. God does not say black is better than white, or tall is better than short, or football players are better than basketball players, or Christians are better than Muslims… or gay is better than straight. No. God says love one another; love your neighbour. God is for freedom, equality and love.

People have over many centuries devised all kinds of terrible instruments to oppress other people. Usually, they have rationalised their awful actions on the basis of their belief in their own superiority, in their culture, in their spiritual beliefs, in their skin-colour. Thus, they argue, they are justified to hate and bomb and maim the “other”.

The Anti-Homosexuality legislation now under consideration in Uganda is just such an instrument.
Nelson Mandela said, “No one is born hating another person”. If people are taught and can learn to hate, they can learn to love.

…The depiction of members of the LGBTI community as crazed and depraved monsters threatening the welfare of children and families is simply untrue, and is reminiscent of what we experienced under apartheid and what the Jews experienced at the hands of the Nazis.

To those who claim that homosexuality is not part of our African culture, you are conveniently ignoring the fact that LGBTI Africans have lived peacefully and productively beside us throughout history.

Read the full piece.

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