Friday, 17 February 2006

Tutu speaks out on Guantánamo

Update Saturday
‘The Americans are breaking international law… it is a society heading towards Animal Farm’ - Archbishop Sentamu on Guantanamo

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has joined in the growing chorus of condemnation of America’s Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Read the BBC News report Tutu calls for Guantanamo closure and listen (Real Audio - 8+ minutes) to the Radio 4 Today interview:

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been very critical of Britain’s way of dealing with the threat from terrorism and he too, along with Kofi Annan and many others, supports the mounting pressure to close Guantanamo Bay.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Friday, 17 February 2006 at 1:07pm GMT
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Thank God for Desmond Tutu! Not all African clerics are backward!

Posted by: Kurt on Friday, 17 February 2006 at 3:49pm GMT

Now there is a great Anglican and African--I have admired and looked up to the Archbishop since the days when he lived under apartheid. His is probably one of the first if not the first Anglican face I ever saw.

Thank God!

Posted by: RMF on Friday, 17 February 2006 at 5:53pm GMT

Kurt, that sort of attitude is not going to win us any *more* friends in Africa.

By all means, praise God for the faithfulness of God's servant, +Desmond---and pray that we ALL, of whatever continental origin, may follow +Desmond's example (even as he follows Christ's).

[Heh: fully noting that in this case, +Desmond is *not* being a friend to my nation's current regime---God bless him for it! :-D]

Posted by: J. C. Fisher on Friday, 17 February 2006 at 6:45pm GMT

"White House spokesman Scott McClellan on Thursday rejected the call to close the camp, saying the military treated all detainees humanely."

The U.S. Christian Right still rallies around their 'godly' President George W. So do many of the 'reasserting', traditionalist Episcopalians. George W meets with Network bishops, like +Bob Duncan and Keith Ackerman. Those who are most upset about ECUSA's more tolerant stance in relation to gays and lesbians see nothing wrong with the Bush Administration's rendition program, which 'outsources' torture, prisoners being held at Guantanamo indefinitely as long as the U.S. is at war with Islamic terrorists, and wire-taps of U.S. citizens' communications without a court order in violation of U.S. laws. Their 'godly' President is above the law and all international conventions to which the U.S. is a signatory. Americans, who take an opposing view, are aiding and abetting the enemy, revisonists, and denying the divinity of Christ. Unfortunately, those allied with ++Abuja and his cohorts conveniently overlook the fact that commitment to human rights for all people is deeply rooted in an incarnational theology, which has always been the hallmark of Anglican theology.

Posted by: John Henry on Friday, 17 February 2006 at 7:53pm GMT

Simon,

I'm not convinced that some comments which seem to me to be outrightly racist deserve to be published on Thinking Anglicans. I'm sure it is an area to which you have given some thought - given the fact that this forum has recently become so full of lively debate. May I urge you to take some action.

Yours,

Andrew

Posted by: Andrew Carey on Wednesday, 22 February 2006 at 2:47pm GMT

Andrew
Can you be more specific please? I can't spot what you are referring to.

Posted by: Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 23 February 2006 at 1:02pm GMT
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