Tutu scolds church leaders

Published February 1, 2000

(ENS)-Standing in the pulpit of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Archbishop Desmond Tutu reminded his audience that the greatest evils of the 20th century – including the racist apartheid policy in his native South Africa – were wrought by Christians.

“It was Christians, you know, not pagans, who were responsible for the Holocaust. It was Christians, not pagans, who lynched people here in the South-; who burned people at the stake, frequently in the name of this Jesus Christ,” the Nobel laureate told participants in the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference for the World Council of Churches.


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