Sunday, November 12, 2006

Elton tells pope: "Don't Shoot Me, I'm the Piano Player"

You Go, Boy . . . .

Ban organized religion, says Elton John

Last Updated: Sunday, November 12, 2006 | 10:31 AM ET

Organized religion fuels anti-gay discrimination and should be eliminated, pop star Elton John said in an interview published Saturday.

"I think religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people," the musician, who is openly gay, said in the Observer newspaper's Music Monthly magazine. "Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays."

Elton John is critical both of organized religion and politically passive musicians.Elton John is critical of organized religion.
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John made the comments in an interview with Jake Shears, the openly gay frontman for the U.S. dance-rock group Scissor Sisters. Conducted in August from John's home in the south of France, the interview appears in a gay-themed issue of Music Monthly.

"There are so many people I know who are gay and love their religion," John said.

"From my point of view, I would ban religion completely. Organized religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."

Amen, Elton . . . .


Anonymous said...

"hateful lemmings" - Ha, what an apt description!

Tom said...

He went too far with the word "Ban". Gay people are fighting the bans enforced upon us.

But I do agree with his sentiments. All our woes are religious based tripe.

West End Bob said...

Yes, "ban" is a bit strong - As Rodney King said:

"Why can't we all just get along?!?"