Desmond Tutu on the Communion’s peculiar priorities

NAIROBI – Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Friday urged the African Anglican church to concentrate on the the continent’s grim problems rather than on the row over gay clergy, and said persecuting gays was akin to racism.

Reuters has the story, which includes these quotes:

‘I am deeply disturbed that in the face of some of the most horrendous problems facing Africa, we concentrate on ‘what do I do in bed with whom’,’ the South African Nobel Laureate Tutu told a news conference in Nairobi.

‘For one to penalise someone for their sexual orientation is the same as penalising someone for something they can do nothing about, like ethnicity or race. I cannot imagine persecuting a minority group which is already being persecuted.’

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