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    Desmond Tutu Wins Prestigious Templeton Prize

    South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu speaks during an interview with Reuters in New Delhi, February 8, 2012.
    South African Archbishop and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu speaks during an interview with Reuters in New Delhi, February 8, 2012.
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    Anti-apartheid champion Desmond Tutu has won this year's Templeton prize for his life-long work in promoting "love and forgiveness."

    The 81-year-old Tutu was a vocal opponent of white-minority rule in South Africa in the 1980s and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for challenging the apartheid government and the injustices allowed under the race-based system.

    John Templeton, Jr., of the Templeton Foundation, says Tutu calls upon all of us to "embrace our own vast potential to be agents for spiritual progress and positive change."

    Tutu will receive the $1.7 million prize at a ceremony in London on May 21.

    The award is given each year to a living person who, in the words of the foundation, "has made exceptional contributions to affirming life's spiritual dimension."

    It was created in 1972 by mutual funds tycoon John Templeton.

    Mother Teresa was the first recipient of the Templeton award in 1973.

    Last year's prize was awarded to the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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    by: LEE from: Cape Town
    April 04, 2013 11:54 AM
    Templeton is at liberty to give his money to whomsoever he wishes,but I doubt he knows of some of Tutu's poisonous comments over the years. 1) He claimed that "the gas chambers made for a neater death than the relocation of blacks during apartheid." My family, were murdered in Treblinka, and would have gone down on their knees in prayer to have only been 'relocated', whatever the hardships. 2) He also demanded that we must forgive our Nazi murderers. How dare he! 3) In order to as offensive as possible to Jews, he claimed that Soloman's Temple in Jerusalem, the holiest shrine in Judaism, reminded him of Apartheid.

    4) He has said "that Jews think they have a monopoly of the Holocaust." If Jews don't who does Tutu. 5) He has compared Israel to Hitlers Nazi Germany and Stalin's USSR. and like them will be destroyed. So he must look forward to another Holocaust of the Jewish people. 6) Tutu is engaged with every organisation in South Africa and worldwide that seeks the destruction of the Jewish State.
    Tutu is a noxious little man, who within him habours hatreds which consume him.

    Mr. Templeton, he is not a fit person to be awarded your prize.

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