Archbishop Desmond Tutu spoke at a conference and he spoke the truth when he accused Christians of obsessing over issues regarding gays and lesbians and ignoring important issues such as poverty. Imagine what could be done with all the money that the Prop. 8 people are pouring into the ballot. Instead of working to take people’s rights away, they could be feeding the poor with their 10 million dollars. Here is what the article on Desmond Tutu has to say:
"God is weeping" to see such a focus on sexuality and the Church is "quite rightly" seen by many as irrelevant on the issue of poverty, he said.
…Archbishop Tutu told the conference in London that the Anglican Church was ideally placed to tackle poverty because of its presence at the heart of communities in the UK and overseas.
However, he said he sometimes felt ashamed of his fellow Anglicans as they focussed obsessively on trying to resolve their disagreement about homosexuality while 30,000 people died each day because of poverty.
"We really will not be able to win wars against so-called terror as long as there are conditions that make people desperate, and poverty, disease and ignorance are amongst the chief culprits," he said.
We seem to be engaging in this kind of, almost, past-time [while] there’s poverty, hunger, disease, corruption.
"I must imagine that God is weeping, and the world quite rightly should dismiss the Church in those cases as being totally irrelevant."
Archbishop Tutu accused some of his fellow Anglicans of going against the teaching of Jesus in their treatment of homosexual people by "persecuting the already persecuted".
The South African Nobel peace laureate said traditionalists were wrong to suggest that gay people had chosen homosexuality and the dispute had to be kept in proportion.
"It will be good for us obviously, to resolve our differences on this, and maybe accept that we agree to differ," he said.
For the Anglican Communion, that is more easily said than done.
Traditionalists suspect that the call for an end to discussions about homosexuality is designed to allow liberal developments to go unchallenged.
I like these particular words: "persecuting the already persecuted." Maybe all these so-called Christians need to think about their actions and their non-actions. Again, imagine how many hungry people could be fed by all the money being poured in to fight against the rights that some people have.