Desmond Tutu, the Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his efforts to end apartheid. Since then he's become a fierce LGBT ally. Writing an op-ed at the Washington Post, the archbishop slams the extreme state-sponsored terror campaign against gays in lesbians that has swept across Africa in the name of religion: "Show me where Christ said 'Love thy fellow man, except for the gay ones.'"
Our lesbian and gay brothers and sisters across Africa are living in fear. And they are living in hiding—away from care, away from the protection the state should offer to every citizen and away from health care in the AIDS era, when all of us, especially Africans, need access to essential HIV services. That this pandering to intolerance is being done by politicians looking for scapegoats for their failures is not surprising. But it is a great wrong. An even larger offense is that it is being done in the name of God. 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.
"But they are sinners," I can hear the preachers and politicians say. "They are choosing a life of sin for which they must be punished." My scientist and medical friends have shared with me a reality that so many gay people have confirmed, I now know it in my heart to be true. No one chooses to be gay. Sexual orientation, like skin color, is another feature of our diversity as a human family. Isn't it amazing that we are all made in God's image, and yet there is so much diversity among his people? Does God love his dark- or his light-skinned children less? The brave more than the timid? And does any of us know the mind of God so well that we can decide for him who is included, and who is excluded, from the circle of his love?
"Does God love his dark-skinned children less?"That's an excellent question posed by the Archbishop that needs to be repeated not only across Africa but in America as well.