While speaking at the kickoff of the United Nation's “Free and Equal” campaign to promote gay rights worldwide, retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 81, raised more than a few eyebrows when he said he would rather go to hell than a “homophobic heaven” or serve a “homophobic God,” the UK Daily Mail reported last Saturday.
“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,” he said. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”
Tutu is well known as a passionate campaigner for the gay agenda, comparing it to the fight against apartheid.
“I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid, for me, it is at the same level,” he added.
While his message was welcomed by those in attendance, not everyone was impressed.
“Archbishop Tutu is respected in the Anglican Church and around the world but this time he has misfired and all Anglican bishops from Africa, Asia and South America condemn his statement in no uncertain terms,” said Archbishop Yinkah Sarfo, the Anglican Archbishop of the Ashanti Region in Ghana.
Sarfo also accused Tutu of accepting money from other governments and gay rights groups, and said his statements were not sanctioned by the church.
“We suspect that retired Archbishop Tutu may have collected some moneys from some of the western governments or from gay rights activists to do their bidding but the Anglican Church condemns gay practice,” he said.
Sarfo was not alone in his condemnation of Tutu.
Julio Severo, a blogger WND said was “hounded into hiding” and ultimately forced out of his native Brazil for his open stand against the gay agenda, said Tutu would “feel comfortable in hell and in the presence of Satan” who he says “loves homosexuality” while hating homosexuals.
“God,” he wrote at his blog, “loves homosexual sinners, but he hates homosexual sin.”
“Tutu would not need to fight 'homophobia' in heaven. In fact, he would see no 'homophobia' in heaven, because there is no homosexual there. In the presence of God there are only people delivered from a past life of sins, including homosexuality,” he added.
Life Site News said that Tutu was made a founding member of “The Elders” in 2007. Thaddeus Baklinski described “The Elders” as a “group of self-proclaimed 'wise men' that includes Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, and Kofi Annan, who, their website contends, meet privately to solve the world's problems.”
“Given that almost all of the members of the group are well-known, powerful figures in pro-abortion, pro-population control, pro-everything else circles, I can imagine what sort of ‘wisdom’ they plan on offering the world. Personally, I think the world would be a much better place without that sort of wisdom,” said Jim Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, Canada and vice-president of International Right to Life.
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