Desmond Tutu Says He Would Prefer Hell Over A Homophobic Heaven And God

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."

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.