|Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Capetown|
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has never been one to shy away from speaking truth to power and he's done it again over this week-end. In doing so, he's proven once again that he is one of the few clerics on the planet who, in my not so humble opinion, would make Jesus proud.
Last week, Archbishop Tutu,a leading figure in the world-wide Anglican Communion, backed out of a seminar in Johannesburg because he refused to share the stage with a war criminal named Tony Blair, whom the Archbishop believes should stand trial in the Hague for War Crimes, along with his buddy, George W. Bush. . Yesterday, writing in the UK newspaper The Guardian, he explained precisely why.
"On what grounds do we decide that Robert Mugabe should go the International Criminal Court, Tony Blair should join the international speakers' circuit, bin Laden should be assassinated, but Iraq should be invaded, not because it possesses weapons of mass destruction, as Mr Bush's chief supporter, Mr Blair, confessed last week, but in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein?"he continues:
"The question is not whether Saddam Hussein was good or bad or how many of his people he massacred. The point is that Mr Bush and Mr Blair should not have allowed themselves to stoop to his immoral level.
If it is acceptable for leaders to take drastic action on the basis of a lie, without an acknowledgement or an apology when they are found out, what should we teach our children?"
Imagine that--a Christian leader who actually speaks out in favor of the gospel message and who follows words with action. Verily verily-- I think Jesus would be proud. I know I am.