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Desmond Tutu

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Desmond Tutu became one of South Africa’s most out spoken annotator of apartheid. His religious belief was based upon the biblical teachings of Christ. Tutu believed in the biblical teaching of Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew, nor Greek, slave nor free, male more female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gish 128).

That particular biblical teaching taught of equality for all whites, blacks and colored people. Apartheid itself started off of as religion and that was the main reason why it was able to stand for so long was because of the Whites wrong interpretation of the Bible, that stated that : White people are superior to the Blacks but clearly it was not so in the eye’s of God. Being a Christian to him meant objecting to racial discrimination and prejudice (http://countrystudies.us/south-africa/53.htm ). Tutu believed in what the Bible said as being true and correct “I now realize that it the true that God treats everyone on the same basis” (Act 10:34).

It was the religious teachings in Christianity that motivated him rather than political hunger. As a priest Tutu felt that it was his responsibility to do what it was that God wanted him to do and racial segregation was not part of God’s plan for South Africa. Tutu would often describe the Apartheid as "evil and unchristian”. He was influenced in his views by white clergymen, who were also opponent of apartheid. (http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/byrnes-famous/desmond.htm). Tutu frequently told the government of South Africa that apartheid was not part of God’s plan and that it was doomed for failure (http://www.sahistory.org.za/people/archbishop-emeritus-mpilo-desmond-tutu).

What also motivated him was the fact that he too was also discriminated against for being Black, he was deprived the right to do basic duties of a citizen of South Africa (couldn’t vote, had to Carry a pass, etc) but he had the support of the Black and colored community which encouraged him to fight for...