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This item was found in the Arts section of today's New York Times:

Elton John Attacks Organized Religion

Elton John ... has called for a ban on organized religion, saying it promotes homophobia and turns some people into "hateful lemmings," The Associated Press reported.  In an interview published in the Music Monthly Magazine of the British newspaper The Observer, he said, "I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it."  He also said:  "Religion has always always tried to turn hatred toward gay people.  It turns people into hateful lemmings, and it is not really compassionate."  And he added, "The reality is that organized religion doesn't seem to work."  He also criticized religious leaders for failing to address the world's conflicts.  "Why aren't they having a conclave?" he asked.  "Why aren't they coming together?"  He said musicians had also been lax.  "It's like the peace movement in the '60s," he said.  "Musicians got through to people by getting out there and doing peace concerts, but we don't seem to do them any more.  If John Lennon were alive today, he'd be leading it with a vengeance."


*reads*  *blinks*  *stares*


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Nov. 13th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
Just to be fair, I'll offer up a bit of a defense.

Sounds like Elton had a bad week. Suppose it happens to everyone, but not everyone happens to be a superstar and gets quoted in the papers. Thankfully.

Though a lot of the criticism doesn't stem from nowhere. A good deal of justified frustration there. Really, what is going on? Moreover, why? I suppose that would take a few more centuries of human psychology to explain. All I can offer up at the moment is that people just love to argue until they're blue in the face. Unsatisfactory, yes, but seems to be all we've got for the moment.
Nov. 14th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
I find myself agreeing with a lot of what he says, actually. I wouldn't go so far as to ban religion, that won't solve a thing, but a lot of religion doesn't work and isn't compassionate and does engender hate towards anyone who is outside whatever magic circle each religion has defined.
Nov. 14th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
I think Eddie Izzard sums up, perfectly, those religions that do sort of love everyone. Ah, the lovely Church of England... (Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, just makes for good humour. ^_^)
Nov. 14th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
I find myself in rather ardent disagreement. I grew up and still occasionally attend a church that had openly gay members. It wasn't an issue. I even had a gay Sunday school teacher. I think these sorts of broad generalizations about religion are really as intolerant as any sort of broad generalization/stereotype about race, sexual orientation, or anything else is.

I really don't know what to say. I have a lot of conflicting thoughts. Then again I always thought that the golden rule was the right way to live as a Christian.
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