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Archbishop Tutu Underwhelmed With U.S. Version of 'Reconciliation'

100401-tutuArchbishop Desmond Tutu's excitement that Congressional leaders were going through a process known as 'reconciliation' was abated last week when he learned that the procedure was not, in fact, a healing process for two bitterly feuding parties, but rather a technical congressional procedure designed to address budget items and bypass a filibuster.

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"If there's one thing that the United States Congress needs right now, it's reconciliation," said the anti-apartheid leader and architect of South Africa's 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission.' "But I mean the real, Jesusy kind of reconciliation. You know, like people saying sorry for making things up about Democrats wanting death panels or others accusing Republicans of wanting people to die quickly. So when I heard about Congress doing reconciliation, I thought it might be something different. My bad."

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