Homosexual activism has led singer Elton John to call for the banning of all religion. In a discussion last August with Jake Shears of Scissors Sisters and published yesterday by The Observer Music Monthly, Elton John said:
"I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays. But there are so many Christian people I know who are gay and love their religion. From my point of view I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it. I love the idea of the teachings of Jesus Christ and the beautiful stories about it, which I loved in Sunday school and I collected all the little stickers and put them in my book. But the reality is that organised religion doesn't seem to work. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."
The UK Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) jumped on the opportunity to bash Christianity.
GALHA's secretary George Broadhead said: "It should be quite clear to anyone that these days most hostility to gay relationships and gay rights comes from religious sources, notably Evangelical Anglicans, Christian pressure groups like the Christian Institute, the Vatican, and Islamic organisations.
"Hardly a day passes without some anti-gay proclamations, fatwa or edict being issued by one religious leader or another," he said.
"Sir Elton John speaks for many when he pinpoints religion as a primary generator of homophobia," Mr. Broadhead concluded.
Read the full interview with Elton John.