February 22, 2010

Elton John claims Jesus was gay

by Benjamin Graham

Sir Elton John has caused a stir by claiming that Jesus was a “super-intelligent gay man”.

In an interview with US magazine Parade, the singer said Jesus was forgiving, compassionate, and understood human problems.

“On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving,” he said.

“I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East – you’re as good as dead.”

Conservative Christians have responded with outrage at the rock star’s comments.

Bill Donohue, president of US group the Catholic League, said: “Jesus was certainly compassionate, but to say he was ‘super-intelligent’ is to compare the son of God to a successful game-show contestant.

“More seriously, to call Jesus a homosexual is to label him a sexual deviant.

“But what else would we expect from a man who previously said, ‘From my point of view, I would ban religion completely.'”

Stephen Green, of British thinktank Christian Voice, added: “The Bible says Jesus was without sin and that rules out homosexuality. This is a desperate cry for attention.”

The Christian Anti-Defamation Commission said the comments were “an outrage and the height of blasphemy.”

The Church of England’s response was more measured.

A spokesperson for the church said: “Sir Elton’s reflection that Jesus calls us all to love and forgive is one shared by all Christians.

“But insights into aspects of the historic person of Jesus are perhaps best left to the academics.”

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