Bishop Desmond Tutu is fully qualified to speak out about bigotry, after all he is one of the most bigoted people in the world. For those who aren’t aware of Tutu’s bigotry here are just a few of his greatest hits:
People are scared in this country [the US], to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful – very powerful. Well, so what? For goodness sake, this is God’s world! (Source:Monday April 29, 2002, The Guardian UK)
The Israeli daily Ha’aretz (April 29, 2002), reporting Tutu’s remarks at a recent conference in Boston, quoted him as saying: “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid”: “I’ve been deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa
Tutu “urged Israelis to forgive the Nazis for the Holocaust” (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 31, 1989), a statement which the Simon Wiesenthal Center called “a gratuitous insult to Jews and victims of Nazism everywhere.” During the visit, Tutu remarked, “If I’m accused of being anti-Semitic, tough luck,” and in response to questions about his anti-Jewish bias, Tutu replied, “My dentist’s name is Dr. Cohen.” (Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Response magazine, January 1990)
Speaking in a Connecticut church in 1984, Tutu said that “the Jews thought they had a monopoly on God; Jesus was angry that they could shut out other human beings.” In the same speech, he compared the features of the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem to the features of the apartheid system in South Africa. (Hartford Courant, Oct. 29, 1984)
Today the Bishop added to his bigoted track record, He blasted Americans for criticizing Obama’s former preacher, Reverend Wright and then called us a nation of bigots:
Desmond Tutu: Equality of U.S. blacks an ‘illusion’
By Storer H. Rowley Tribune reporter May 14, 2008
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu weighed in on the presidential campaign Tuesday in Chicago, praising America’s ability to produce the first viable African-American presidential candidate while describing the nation as haunted by a racial divide that still offers blacks what he called only “the illusion of equality.”
“You are a crazy country,” Tutu, 76, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, said in an interview with the Tribune. “You’re a country that has I think some of the most generous people I’ve ever come across in the world.”
But he chided Americans for getting “very, very upset” with the pastor of Sen. Barack Obama, noting that Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. “may have said more crudely what, actually, almost every African-American would have wanted to say. I mean that is how they feel in your country, that race … is a very, very real issue.”
“And I think on the whole you keep trying to pretend it isn’t,” he added, noting the issue will haunt Americans until there is a way to talk honestly about race, such as holding a reconciliation forum.
Tutu, who headed South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission probing human-rights abuses under apartheid, was here to receive the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation’s Lincoln Leadership Prize, presented by Oprah Winfrey.
Unlike in South Africa’s apartheid era, he said, where blacks were treated as “nothing,” in America, “You say to them, ‘You’re equal, and the sky’s the limit.’ And they keep bumping their heads against this thing that’s stopping them from reaching out to the stars.”