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Elton John: "I would ban religion completely"

November 13, 2006

As a piano player, I had, in fact, been a fan of Elton John for a long time, because he is indeed a talented pianist and also a great singer. That was of course before I knew any better about his stance on religion and same-sex issues (probably when the Lion King came out). This morning, I knew that it was time to boycott him officially and point out what he is missing when I read his suggestion to ban religion completely because it turns the faithful “against gays” and because their leaders do not seem to be doing much for today’s world conflicts. For the complete CNN news article, click here.

“I think religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays. But there are so many people I know who are gay and love their religion. 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.”

In case you are talking about Christians, no, Elton, Christians do not promote hatred towards ANYONE. However, if you mean that voicing out our concern over trends that clearly violate human nature and physiology means hatred, then you got it wrong again. We’re just stating the obvious here, and not only “religious people” do this. Even many atheists and agnostics agree with Christians on this matter. I could go on writing about the Church’s stance on homosexuality, but I think we all know it and you who are reading this can just let us know what you think.

Now to my favorite part where John criticizes religious leaders for not doing absolutely anything about the conflicts that are happening around the globe:

“Why aren’t they having a conclave? Why aren’t they coming together?”

I guess we shouldn’t expect much from celebrities, but this is a very simplistic way of looking at things, don’t you think? If John would know a little bit better, he would know that religion cannot replace governments and that the Church’s duty is to educate the laity to help them ensure that justice and the common good are preserved in society. So if he would ask the question “where are the Christians having a conclave and coming together?”, he would also be asking the wrong question because he is blinded by personal choice. What about Catholics and other Christian organizations that gather together to protect the life of the unborn, or to oppose homosexual marriages, or to oppose embryonic tem-cell research, or to fight for the rights of immigrants and the elderly…

Right… that is what I thought. When we come together to ensure these “world problems” come to an end, we don’t get any credit from people like John, because these principles we fight for are not the ones that they recognize as the root causes of the larger problem in today’s society: lack of love.

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