“Hate has no place in the house of God,” writes Archbishop Desmond Tutu in today’s Washington Post.
“No one should be excluded from our love, our compassion or our concern because of race or gender, faith or ethnicity — or because of their sexual orientation.”
A rising hatred of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered Africans has led to increased violence in communities across Uganda, Kenya, and Senegal (to name only a few). Tutu, the legendary peacemaker from South Africa and recipient of the Nobel Prize, affirms the humanity of all people:
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people are part of so many families. They are part of the human family. They are part of God’s family. And of course they are part of the African family.
And what does Tutu say to those who live by dogma, who deny homosexuality because it goes against God’s will?
Show me where Christ said “Love thy fellow man, except for the gay ones.” Gay people, too, are made in my God’s image. I would never worship a homophobic God.
Such a loving and necessary statement from a man of great faith.