Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ban organized religion, says Elton John.

Now, the question is - do I send this to my parents?

They could add it to their "Peace & Security!" pile of clippings!*

(*This isn't going to make much sense to any of you non XJWs.)


Elliot said...

Uh, but what about this:

"There are so many people I know who are gay and love their religion," John said."

So... he wants to ban the religions which gay people love. Good job, Elton.

What an idealist. Maybe he should ban rainy days too.

Anactoria said...

I just think its hilarious that Elton John's opinion makes headline news, as if he's a expert of some sort on the topic.

Its like asking him what he thinks about the polar ice caps and expecting an informed answer.

I mean, why should we care what Elton John thinks over what any other average person thinks?

I can only assume that Elton is currently banging his head against a wall right now in regret (possibly due to the loss of his 'religious friends').

I mean, even if he *does* believe that religion should be abolished, he sure worded his position unconvincingly:

"Organized religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."

"Why aren't they having a conclave? Why aren't they coming together?"

Huge, sweeping generalizations.

And if you're going to make that request of people based solely on the fact that they are religious, why not take it a step further? Why don't gay people unite in solidarity and hold 'conclaves' and bring about world peace?

Its not the responsibility of religion. Don't ask why religion isn't do enough about it, ask that of yourself.

Elliot said...

Good points!
And there are actually ecumenical, interfaith gatherings in the name of peace. It's not like he's the one who dreamed that up.

Anonymous said...

If it's not the responsibility of religion, then why do so many use homosexuality as an argument of some sort?

I think he's phrased his argument badly, yes.

As for expecting an informed answer, I read an article on this some time ago - it was asking a young tennis player about a seminal event in the history of tennis and their position on it. They had no clue. Everyone was aghast. But, the reporter reasoned - why? We're celebrating them for one thing - their athletics - specifically. Why do we expect them to be experts even on its history, too?