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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu Challenges Bush, Blair and Other World Leaders to Follow God's Dream
KIHEI, HI - April 1, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Ten years after he helped to
defeat apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu is again generating controversy by saying
God belongs in world politics. Archbishop Tutu articulates that dream in his own rich
voice in the Audiobook version Of "God Has a Dream," Published By Maui Media
His new book "God Has a Dream," praised by the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, and Jimmy
Carter and published by Doubleday on March 16 is already in its second printing.
Introduced as "the foremost moral authority of our time" by U.N. Secretary General
Kofi Anan, Tutu recently told a standing room crowd at the U.N., "Arafat and Sharon,
Bush and Bin Laden belong in God's family."
At age 73, Tutu continues to challenge world leaders by:
- Calling on Bush and Blair to apologize for misleading the public and saying that
as a result of the war, "The world is a great deal less safe than it was before."
He says, "President Bush and Mr. Blair would recover considerable credibility and
respect if they were to say, 'Yes, I made a mistake.'"
- Claiming President Bush was oversimplifying when he labeled Iran, Iraq and North
Korea as an "axis of evil." "People buy into that because they don't want to sit
down and work out the complex nature of things," Tutu said.
- Visiting a death row inmate in Texas and claiming that the death penalty is "an
absurdity that brutalizes society." Death row inmate Dominique Green, Tutu says
"is a remarkable advertisement for God. This is not the monster that many would
wish, or think, that is on death row."
- Proclaiming that God's Word belongs in world politics while warning against the
rise of fundamentalism and religious warfare. "Religious faith is resilient and
not easily destroyed.... Religion is a potent force, but it is in fact morally
neutral. It is neither automatically good nor bad. It can be either depending on
what it inspires its adherent to do."
Speaking to people of all religious backgrounds, Archbishop Tutu's message resonates
personally as well as politically in these times of terrorist attacks, war, and
Title: God Has a Dream
Author: Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Audiobook: Maui Media, $24.95, ISBN 0975263102
(four compact discs).
Hardcover: Doubleday, $16.95.
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