Desmond Tutu

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Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

- Tutu has focused on drawing awareness to issues such as poverty, AIDS and non-democratic governments in the Third World. In particular he has focused on issues in Zimbabwe and Palestine.-Tutu has acknowledged the significant role Jews played in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and has voiced support for Israel's security concerns, speaking against suicide bombing.He is an adversary of the doctrine of Supersessionism, the biblical interpretation that the Christian Church supersedes or replaces Israel in God's plan, and that the New Covenant nullifies the biblical promises made to Israel

The nature and urgency of this threat should not be misunderstood. Respect for the dignity of the human person demands a commitment to human rights across a broad spectrum: "Both as Americans and as followers of Christ, American Catholics must be committed to the defense of life in all its stages and in every condition."4 Catholic Social Document- The American Century

Working for Justice...-In 1948, when Desmond was 17, the government of South Africa began a policy of strict racial segregation called apartheid. (Under this system, South Africans who were not white were denied basic rights. The aim of apartheid was for the 4 million whites to maintain control over the 23 million non-whites in South Africa.)- Tutu encouraged nonviolent resistance to the apartheid regime, and advocated an economic boycott of the country.

In 1984, Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize not only as a gesture of support to him and to the South African Council of Churches of which he is leader, but also to all individuals and groups in South Africa who, with their concern for human dignity, fraternity and democracy, incite the admiration of the world.

Birth:October 7, 1931Age: 83 Years old

Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Defend the rights of the poor and needy. —Proverbs 31:8-9

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What can yo do to help continue Tutu's work in creating a just and loving relationships? Donate and/or get involved in one of the following charities that Desmond strongly supported throughout his life : CHIME FOR CHANGEDesmond Tutu Peace CentreElton John AIDS FoundationEveryone MattersFree The ChildrenFree The SlavesGirls Not BridesNelson Mandela Children's FundNuclear Age Peace FoundationOxfamPencils of PromiseUbuntu Education FundUNICEF

The first time Tutu witnessed a white man even awknowledge the presence of a black woman left a profound impression in his mind, teaching him that he need not accept discrimination and that religion could be a powerful tool for advocating racial equality.

When he was a teenager, Desmond became very sick with tuberculosis and almost died. He had to be in the hospital for almost two years.


-his nonviolent work to end apartheid and bring equality for the people in South Africa. In 1986 he became the first black person to be Archbishop in the Anglican Church of South Africa.- After Tutu publically called people to denounce apartide and other injustices inthe land,the government revoked his passport to prevent him from traveling and speaking abroad, but his case soon drew the attention of the world. In the face of an international public outcry the government was forced to restore his passport.

-Desmond Tutu serves as an Honorary Co-Chairman for the World Justice Project which works to lead a global, multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the Rule of Law for the development of communities of opportunity and equ-Tutu's admirers see him as a man who since the demise of apartheid has been active in the defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. He has campaigned to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, poverty, racism, sexism, the imprisonment of Chelsea Manningity etc.

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