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11/19/2007

Tutu defends gays; ballet slipper remains mum

by Jeremy Hooper

ArchbishopdesmondtutuIn a newly taped BBC radio interview that's scheduled to air tomorrow, Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu reportedly makes several pro-gay comments. For instance, when asked if he is ashamed with the Anglican church (of which he is an archbishop emeritus ) because of the battle over openly gay bishop V. Gene Robinson, BBC News quotes Tutu as say-saying:

"If we are going to not welcome or invite people because of sexual orientation, yes. If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn't worship that God."

And when asked if he buys into the church's popular stance that being gay is a choice, BBC quotes him as saying:

"It is a perversion if you say to me that a person chooses to be homosexual," ..."You must be crazy to choose a way of life that exposes you to a kind of hatred. It's like saying you choose to be black in a race-infected society."

Complex outlooks that totally explain why Tutu was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize and not the Myopic Demonization Award. That honor tends to go to those who are far more willing to believe that God hates gay people than they are to believe the true life testimonies of the millions of queers who realistically populate this world. And while Tutu's award is respected and prestigious, the other honor is mostly just dangerous (both to actual human lives and the nature of human decency).

It's unclear if comments like Tutu's will be able to slowly change the views of gay-unfriendly church members. But if childhood play in his sister's ballet clothes taught this writer anything, it's that you should never underestimate the ability of a tutu to bring happiness to gay lives.

Tutu chides Church for gay stance [BBC]

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