Friday, 17 January 2014

Archbishop Desmond Tutu forms political party for gays in SA

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has surprised South
Africans by announcing the formation of a gay
political party called the Democratic Religious
Alliance Against Minority Antagonism
The party is set to take part in a general election
later this year.
Last year Tutu outraged Christians when he
declared: “I would refuse to go to a homophobic
heaven…No, I would say sorry, I mean I would
much rather go to hell…I would not worship a
God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I
feel about this.”
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and South
African archbishop emeritus added that he does
not believe religion provides justification for
His passion on the issue has led him to form the
world’s first gay political party to address an
issue which he feels president Jacob Zuma
“tiptoes” around.
The first and last time we ever heard president
Jacob Zuma addressing issues around anti-
homophobia was when he had to make a public
apology regarding a damaging statement he
made about this minority group.
In a media statement released on Wednesday,
DRAAMA said it is set to be at the forefront of
minority human-rights issues the current ruling
party has dragged its feet in addressing.
According to report: “With gay socialite and
choreographer Somizi Mhlongo being poached
as the party’s spin doctor, South Africans should
brace themselves for a lot of DRAAMA!!!”
Said Mhlongo: “I was pleasantly surprised upon
receiving a call from the honourable Archbishop
Desmond Tutu informing me of his intentions
and his request for my involvement.”
Before his election as South African President
Jacob Zuma was forced to apologise after
offending the gay community.
He was quoted as saying that same-sex
marriages were: “A disgrace to the nation and to
He also said that when he was a young man, he
would have knocked down any homosexual
person he met.
He later retracted his words and explained: “My
remarks were made in the context of the
traditional way of raising children … I said the
communal upbringing of children in the past
was able to assist parents to notice children with
a different social orientation. I however did not
intend to have this interpreted as a
condemnation of gays and lesbians.”
He also said he respected: “The sterling
contribution of many gay and lesbian
compatriots in the struggle that brought about
our freedom.”

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