Archbishop Desmond Tutu has pulled out of an event because he refuses to share a platform with Tony Blair.
The veteran peace campaigner said Mr Blair’s support for the Iraq war was “morally indefensible” and it would be “inappropriate” for him to appear alongside him.
The pair were due to take part in a one-day leadership summit in Johannesburg, South Africa…
In a statement, Dr Tutu’s Office said: “Ultimately, the archbishop is of the view that Mr Blair’s decision to support the United States’ military invasion of Iraq, on the basis of unproven allegations of the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, was morally indefensible.
“The Discovery Invest Leadership Summit has leadership as its theme. Morality and leadership are indivisible.
“In this context, it would be inappropriate and untenable for the archbishop to share a platform with Mr Blair…”
Tony Blair’s office responded by saying – blah, blah, blah…
Desmond Tutu reminds all of us that there have always been leaders whose religious standards care most of all about fighting for peace and freedom. A special contradiction this week as we get to witness Cardinal Dolan making a special appearance at the Republican Convention to emphasize their shared ideology on the repression of women, willingness to deny civil rights to folks in the LGBT community. No doubt he wouldn’t have the least problem sharing the stage with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Kudos to the Archbishop with a heart and conscience.