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Quote of the week by Desmond Tutu

08/01/2009 05:22

 

“I don't preach a social gospel; I preach the Gospel, period. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is concerned for the whole person. When people were hungry, Jesus didn't say, "Now is that political or social?" He said, "I feed you." Because the good news to a hungry person is bread.” - Bishop Desmond Tutu 

Desmond Tutu is a famous South African cleric and activist who became prominent during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. In 1984, Tutu became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Desmond Tutu’s battle for the equal rights of all citizens did not stop with ending the racial inequality in South Africa. In a time when few people cared to speak out for the need to seek medical solutions to the AIDS epidemic, Desmond Tutu used his position as a well regarded South African activist and clergyman to call for an end to discrimination toward persons with AIDS. Because of that, Desmond Tutu founded the Global AIDS Alliance, which was a major force in getting people around the world to take the epidemic seriously. His efforts on behalf of AIDS victims found him the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize, which he accepted in February 2007.