"Can you imagine that there are those who think God is a Christian?" he said to laughter from a mostly appreciative audience. "Can you tell us what God was before he was a Christian?" (...)Another great quote from Desmond Tutu, and one that hits close to home as far as my approach to a higher power: "What a tremendous relief it should be ... to discover that we don’t need to prove ourselves to God."
"Injustice and oppression isn't just evil, which it is. It's not just painful, which it certainly is for the victim. It's like spitting in the face of God."
He invoked his friendship with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist leader who has been exiled from his homeland for nearly 50 years. Although others would be embittered, the Dalai Lama is filled with "bubbly joyousness," he said.
"You have to be totally, totally insensitive not to know you are in the presence of someone who is holy and good."
He then asked, "Can anyone say to the Dalai Lama, 'You are a good guy. What a shame you are not a Christian'?"