I don't want to start a discussion about homosexuality or tolerance. I just want to say I appreciate Elton John's recent statement that organized religion should be banned.
LONDON (Reuters) - Elton John has said organized religion should be banned because it promotes homophobia.
"I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it," the British singer said in an interview with the Observer newspaper on Sunday.
"Religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it is not really compassionate."
"The reality is that organized religion doesn't seem to work," he added.
I think he's wrong with the "hateful lemmings" crack and the assertion that religions are not really compassionate. I can't speak for all of them, but my religion teaches compassion, and practices it too.
But he's right about the rest of it. The queer agenda is at odds with religious principles, and there can be no reconciliation as long as either side stays true.
As a fundamentalist Christian, I thank Elton for expecting us to act according to our religious conviction. What scares me is the thousands of people within the church who disagree with Elton and me. We agree that there can't be common ground, but they think Christians should discard what the Bible says.
Ironically, Where To Now, St. Peter? by Elton came up on my ipod while I was posting this.