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Sir Elton’s Edict

My thanks to Captain Fantastic for another illustration of the disjunction between talent ej.jpgand brains. Since when did being a musician automatically increase one’s IQ? Speaking at a special “gay edition” of The Observer newspaper’s Music Monthly Magazine, Sir Elton John shared his views on several controversial issues. Most notable, however, was his opinions regarding organized religion:

I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. 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. 

I wonder if my church friends at the homeless shelter or AIDS hospice realize what “hateful lemmings” they are and what “organized religion” is doing to them?

Anyway, NewsBusters reports that the actual interview took place August 21st, at Elton John’s house in the south of France. They provide a link to the entire interview in the Observer Music Monthly, and I must say, it is rather shocking. Take this exchange between Jake Shears (of the band Scissor Sisters) and Mr. John:

JS: What was it like when you were starting out? When did you know you had homosexual tendencies?

EJ: Maybe at school, although when I was in my band, Bluesology, playing with Long John Baldry I didn’t even realise he was gay and he’s the gayest person I can think of right now. He was outrageous; flamboyant, camp, funny. I was sexually very immature – I didn’t have sex until I was 23 and that was with a man. I made up for lost time after that in a hurry. I wish I could have had sex when I was, like, 14, 15 or 16 because that’s such an exciting age to have sex.

Yikes! I think the Rocket Man has just left planet earth. I may be missing something, but don’t most civilized cultures frown upon homosexual sex with 14 year old boys? (Oops! There goes my hateful lemming-ness.) And I can’t imagine many parents condoning their 15-year-old’s sexual adventures, even if that is “such an exciting age to have sex.” Perhaps, along with banning organized religion, Sir Elton might wanna ease restrictions on other primitive laws governing sex.  

cross.jpgBut how exactly does one ban organized religion? If I’m not mistaken, they tried that in the Soviet Union and Communist China. Liberation hardly followed.

Whatever happened to all these sensitive artists being against censorship? Last I heard, it was organized religion that was supposed to be suppressing free speech and banning everything. Hmm. I smell a double standard.

Michael Medved, in a Townhall.com article, sums up the inconsistency this way:

Despite that “hatred and spite,” religious leaders actually express more tolerance to homosexuality (and non-believers) than Sir Elton expresses toward organized faith. Imagine the indignation if a religious leader suggested that we need to “ban homosexuality completely” — or urged an outright prohibition on atheism? It’s true that many believing Christians want to persuade gays to overcome their same-sex urges, or try to get non-believers to replace their doubt with faith, but no factions in the varied array of conservative religious groups has called for “banning” ideas with which they disagree.

Even the Reverend Giles Fraser from the Inclusive Church, a pro-gay group in the Church of England, thinks EJ’s comments reveal a misconception widely held in the gay community.

“I’m sad because it deepens the perception that the Church is intrinsically homophobic,” Fraser said. “I don’t believe it is homophobic, I believe that’s a mistaken interpretation. And (his comments) don’t help those struggling to change that perception.”

But of course, this is spoken by someone entrenched in the dreaded “organized religion.” Perhaps what the Pinball Wizard really wants to ban is individuals who disagree with his homosexual lifestyle. Me, I’d like to ban stupid musicians.

Either way, it’s all so disingenuous. Christians are always viewed as the extremists, the haters, while the sensitive artists get a pass. Can you imagine a U.S. Senator or an evangelical pastor saying, “I wish I could have had sex when I was, like, 14, 15 or 16 because that’s such spank.jpgand exciting age to have sex,” without getting run out of town? Or investigated. Yet when the Honky Cat says it, we hum along. Hey, Mr. Piano Man, shut up and sing.

Oh well. Hopefully, Sir Elton will not rise to power anytime soon. If he does, all us religious folks might get bent over and spanked for being the bane of the free world. Naughty, naughty lemmings!

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  • Jeanne Damoff November 16, 2006, 3:01 PM

    You made me laugh, Mike. Good job handling such a ridiculous, depressing subject. I had the exact same reaction when I first came across the EJ quote. What is it with celebrity and authority? Just because a guy can play piano and rhyme words, that doesn’t make him an expert on religion or politics or (obviously in this case) fashion. I’m with you. Shut up and sing, Mr. Piano Man. Or maybe just shut up. After all, the world will keep turning without Crocodile Rock.

  • Ame November 16, 2006, 7:52 PM

    lol!!! ditto jeanne 😉

    i had a very close friend who travelled a similar path to mine. at the close of her marriage she listened to friends who said, “you deserve it! sleep with him!” so she did … several “him’s.” she became more and more bitter and angry toward God and turned on Him. i called her on it, and it ended our friendship. in her “good bye” email she wrote, “you think it’s all about sex!”

    it’s not all about sex. it’s about what satan uses to separate man from God, and the path of attempting to satisfy sexual lusts with what “you deserve” not only widens the gap between man and God, but it turns man against Him.

    i was asked once by another woman, “i was dating and sleeping with a man whose divorce was not final. during that time he had sex with his wife. it made me feel betrayed … don’t you think i’m right?”

    “uhhhh,” i said, “you were having sex with a married man and felt betrayed when he had sex with his wife?” she didn’t get it.

    God is not waving this “torch” over His creation looking for the next sexually permiscuous person He can zap and set on fire! He lovingly put boundaries on sex because He knows our humanity.

  • Mike Duran November 18, 2006, 5:32 PM

    Hey, don’t I get points for making you laugh, Jeanne?

  • Jeanne Damoff November 18, 2006, 6:58 PM

    Absolutely. Look for your 75 thriving points to arrive soon in the mail. They prefer full sun, preferably in an east-facing window. Enjoy!

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