Sunday, November 12, 2006

Elton John wants to ban freedom of association

Yet another celebrity who feels entitled to make *moral* demands on the rest of humanity because a bunch of people bought his records:

Organized religion fuels anti-gay discrimination and should be eliminated, pop star Elton John said in an interview published Saturday.

"I think religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people," the musician, who is openly gay, said in the Observer newspaper's Music Monthly magazine. "Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays."

[..] "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."

[..] John also turned a critical eye toward those in his own line of work, saying today's musical artists lack the political convictions of their predecessors.

"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 any more," he said.
If a celebrity wants to use his *talents* to raise money for *peace*, fine, but holding peace concerts that people can voluntary attend, and demanding an outright ban on "organized religion" are two entirely different concepts. One wonders what enforcement measures Elton would recommend?

CP: Dust my Broom.

Update: Via Drudge, Elton John compares himself to the Queen Mother and blames bloggers for failing to take over the streets:
Sir Elton said people were too busy blogging on the internet to go out onto the streets to stand up for what they believed in.

"They seem to do their protesting online and that's not good enough. You have to get out there and be seen to be vocal, and you've got to do it time and time again.

[..] Sir Elton compared his place in British culture with that of the Queen Mother's.

He said: "People come to me and I'm a bit like the Queen Mother. I never get those problems. I don't know what it is with me, people treat me very reverently.