Archbishop Tutu ‘would not worship a homophobic God’

 

From BBC News

 

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 sex-same 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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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