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Archbishop Desmond Tutu cited the crucifixion as his inspiration. Tutu, daily living in the shadow of apartheid, said that the newly empowered South African blacks readily forgave their white persecutors, because they followed "the Jewish rabbi who, when he was crucified, said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." If we look only to retributive justice, said Tutu, "then we could just as well close up shop. Forgiveness is not some nebulous thing. It is practical politics. Without forgiveness, there is no future."

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