The Christian Right will discount the meanderings of the Dalai Lama because, of course, he is not a CHRISTIAN!!! But they will go ape with Bishop Desmond Tutu's latest discussion with His Holiness.
“And you have to remember that religion is of itself neither good nor bad. Christianity has produced the Ku Klux Klan. Christianity has produced those who killed doctors that perform abortions. Religion is a morally neutral thing. It is what you do with it. It is like a knife, a knife is good when you use it for cutting up bread for sandwiches. A knife is bad when you stick it in somebody’s gut. Religion is good when it produces a Dalai Lama, a Mother Teresa, a Martin Luther King.”
The entire banter between the two is really, really worth the read, and it's in the Dalai' Lama's new book, The Wisdom of Compassion, which I will read as soon as possible. The title alone is worth it.
While Tutu may not have to get body guards to protect him from rifle-wielding trailer trash, it is safe to say that he will be criticized as NOT Christian in any way. He will eb excoriated from every pulpit imaginable - or merely discounted as "demonic, liberal, immoral trash."