7 October 2012

Happy Birthday, Desmond!



“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
~Desmond Tutu


“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.”
~Desmond Tutu


“When Jesus said, 'I, if I am lifted up, will draw...' Did he say, 'I will draw some'? 'I will draw some, and tough luck for the others'? He said, 'I, if I be lifted up, will draw all.' All! All! All! – Black, white, yellow; rich, poor; clever, not so clever; beautiful, not so beautiful. All! All! It is radical. All! Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Bush – all! All! All are to be held in this incredible embrace. Gay, lesbian, so-called 'straight;' all! All! All are to be held in the incredible embrace of the love that won't let us go..”
~Desmond Tutu


Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born on 7 October 1931. Happy birthday to him. In the photo he is reacting to testimony on Apartheid presented during a Truth and Reconciliation session in his native South Africa. He chaired the committee and in 1999 was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for his work there.

He has recently drawn fire for criticising some of Israel's actions against Palestinians.

7 comments:

Erik Donald France said...

Yes, Happy Birthday Desmond Tutu.

Not only a great guy, but often very funny and vital.

Jo said...

A legend.......happy birthday to him!

Rethabile said...

Thank you, for him.

get zapped said...

This is a great quote. Happy belated bday Mr. Tutu!

Paul said...

Happy birthdat Mr. Tutu. I hope that he follows his own advice. Both Palestinians and Jews have suffered.

Deb Sistrunk said...

I enjoyed reading the quotes. Happy Birthday, Archbishop!

Rethabile said...

Bright soul