The retired South African archbishop, Desmond Tutu, has criticised religious institutions and organisations with anti-gay stances earlier this week, stating that he would rather go to Hell than worship a homophobic God.
The Archbishop Emeritus, also a Nobel Peace Laureate, spoke at a press conference held to launch Free and Equal, a United Nations global public education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in Cape Town, on July 26th.
The OHCHR stated that the campaign is to make available information, of interest to the LGBT community, in various forms, and will be distributed through social media, a website, fact sheets, and videos made by world-famous celebrities. All campaign materials will be made available on the campaign’s website, UNFE.org.
Speaking at the United Nation’s LGBT rights launch last Friday, the retired archbishop made his views about homophobia in religion very clear, stating that the God he worships is not a homophobic God.
“I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this. 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.”
Tutu continued to say that he felt as passionate about the subject of homophobia as he was about apartheid, openly comparing anti-gay discrimination to racial discrimination. “For me,” he said, “[homophobia] is at the same level.”