Tutu, who retired as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996, has long campaigned for gay rights.This is the sort of pointless posturing I hear now and then, typically from atheists, and each and every time it just strikes me as not only tremendously stupid, but a goddamn obvious untruth besides.
'I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place,' he said. 'I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.'
Take a long, hard look at what Tutu here is saying: if heaven were a place where anal sex was unwelcome - if, at the end of the day, it really was a sin to engage in sodomy - Tutu would choose hell. You know, alternately 'utter oblivion' or 'everlasting damnation' or the like. This is where Tutu would draw the line: either ass-fucking is allowed past the pearly gates, or Tutu requests hell, thank you. Tutu never seems to stop and wonder if 'homophobia' may well be active in 'the other place' too... but that's besides the point.
The point is... who is this fucker kidding?
No, Desmond Tutu is not going to defy God to His face and explicitly ask to be sent to hell out of moral outrage that heaven doesn't allow gay marriage. Desmond Tutu, in all likelihood, is going to fall prostrate in fear and - after he's soiled himself - beg and plead for forgiveness for his past transgressions. At least if hell is anything akin to 'obviously tremendously unpleasant and eternal at that'.
But let's say it's not. Maybe hell really is, a la CS Lewis, a place where the doors are locked from the inside, not out. Possible, I believe. But even still, imagine what Tutu would be saying. He's dead. He's in the afterlife. God's existence is quite certain. And he's damn certain he's not about to second-guess himself over this topic? He's got Cartesian certainty that anal sex is holy and pure and not even the apparent express disagreement of God Himself will give him pause?
Bullshit. People should be laughed at when they say what Tutu said, or at the very least be regarded as obvious nitwits or fools. Say you'd resist an earthly power. Say you'd resist whatever cultural or social or political forces. But anyone who says, or even strongly implies, that they'd stand up in rebellion against the omnipotent, omniscient ground of all being over, frankly, one of the pettiest of sociopolitical causes that there ever was, really deserves to be taken down a peg then and there.
In fact, they deserve to be reminded that in the case of an omniscient, omnipotent God - or really, even a mere sufficiently powerful one - if He decides to make them become Lord High King of the Homophobes (or Homophiles, for that matter), that's what they'll become upon the instant. Atheists, meanwhile, need to be reminded they're an inconvenient series of natural causes away from the exact same thing.