- December 2021
You probably know that South Africa's Desmond Tutu, who died today at the age of 90, was a driving force behind the squelching of apartheid, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a worldwide champion for human rights.
You might not know that those rights included ours.
"I would not worship a God who is homophobic," said the former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in 2013. "I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say, 'Sorry, I would much rather go to the other place.'"
It could be he and St. Peter are haggling right now over Tutu's travel arrangements.
- May 2021
Emily Hines, a student at Louisiana State University, posted a TikTok video of herself pointing to a picture of transgender health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and lip-synching the Bee Gees lyrics "More than a woman, more than a woman to me." Hines wore an Alpha Phi sweatshirt, and the sorority, which prohibits discrimination, ultimately booted her out.
"My religious beliefs have been pushed under the rug because the social construct of gender has become such a big issue,” moaned an irate Hines. “My faith teaches me that God made male and female in his image, and that one cannot become the other."
Yes of course. Her faith. Everyone knows that publicly mocking and demeaning a person for their gender identity is precisely what Jesus would do. He said so in the Book of Ridicule.
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