Religion should be outlawed because it lacks compassion and promotes hatred of homosexuals, gay pop star Elton John said in an interview.[Dieser Hinweis auf die AFP-Meldung und der Kommentar dazu wurden von Thomas v.d. Osten-Sacken eingereicht, der sich gerade in Kurdistan aufhält und daher aus technischen Gründen nicht unter seinem eigenen Account posten konnte. - Red.]
The singer was speaking in a special "gay edition" of The Observer newspaper's Music Monthly Magazine, where he shared his views on subjects ranging from being a music icon to Prime Minister Tony Blair's stance on the Iraq war.
At a time when religion is the subject of fierce debate in Britain over the right to wear the Muslim veil and other faith symbols, John complained there was a general lack of leadership from spiritual leaders.
"I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. From my point of view, I would ban religion completely," he was quoted as saying.
"Organized religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate. The world is near escalating to World War Three and where are the leaders of each religion?
"Why aren't they having a conclave? Why aren't they coming together? I said this after 9/11 and people thought I was nuts. Instead of more violence why isn't there a meeting of religious leaders?" he said.
"It's like the peace movement in the Sixties. Musicians got through to people by getting out there and doing peace concerts but we don't seem to do them anymore.
"If John Lennon were alive today, he'd be leading it with a vengeance."
John complained that too many people were protesting online to take to the streets, highlighting the effectiveness of the February 2003 march against military action in Iraq that mobilized millions around the world.
With spiralling violence in Iraq, such opposition to Blair's backing of the United States had "come back to bite him on the ass," he added.
On homosexuality, the 59-year-old -- who sealed a civil partnership with his long-term partner, the Canadian film director David Furnish in December last year -- said he was happy to be viewed as the "acceptable face of gayness."
He also vowed to continue his fight for gay rights and AIDS charities: "I can't just sit back; it's not in my nature anymore. I'm nearly 60 years old after all. I can't sit back and blindly ignore it and I won't."
Copyright © 2006 Agence France Presse.
Sonntag, 12. November 2006
Ban religion, says Elton John
Dass schlechte Musik nicht unbedingt mit der branchenueblichen Dummheit, wie sie zumindest aus Deutschland bekannt ist - man denke etwa nur an Konstantin Weckers Ausfluege in Saddam's Irak - beweist Elton John. Seine Forderung in einem England, wo sich die radikalsten aller radikalen Hassprediger versammeln und Tony Blairs Frau sich fuer Koptuecher starkmacht ist so unterstuetzenwert wie erfreulich. Von nun ab werde ich seine Schnulzen mit anderen Ohren hoeren: