Desmond Tutu has said he would rather go to hell than worship a homophobic god.
The retired archbishop was speaking at the United Nations' launch of its gay-rights program in Cape Town, South Africa, a country where there is still much prejudice against gay people.
He said: "I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.
Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu
"I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.
"I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid. For me, it is at the same level."
Tutu has been a long-time campaigner for gay rights.
Discrimination in Africa is still prevalent and homosexuality remains illegal in 38 countries with violent attacks common.
Last month a lesbian was killed after being sexually assaulted with a toilet brush.