There are few people who can provoke as wide a swath of the ideological spectrum as Sir Elton John.
And while he’s received his fair share of flack from the gay community (one Queerty commenter dubbed him the “gay Uncle Tom“), you’ve got to love his take on Jesus and organized religion.
Most recently, Elton had this to say about how Jesus would have dealt with gay marriage:
“If Jesus Christ was alive today, I cannot see him, as the Christian person that he was, and the great person that he was, saying this could not happen… he was all about love and compassion and forgiveness and trying to bring people together and that is what the church should be about.”
Even if you don’t agree, it’s a great idea to toss into the public sphere.
Plus the reaction it’s received from one religious charity, Christian Concern, says more about the religious institution than Elton ever could:
“The reality is that Jesus is alive… and when he was asked questions, he went out of his way to underline that marriage is between a man and a woman, as God had intended.
The reason that he did that, as the most compassionate person who’s ever walked on earth was not to oppress but because he recognised that that pattern of marriage between a man and a woman and the natural family is the means of human flourishing.”
And this was hardly the most controversial thing Ms. John has ever said about religion.
There’s that time he let Parade Magazine in on his true take on Jesus:
“I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East — you’re as good as dead.”
Stephen Green from Christian Voice called Elton’s comment “a desperate cry for attention.”
That could be, but we still love whenever religious institutions have to clamor to defend themselves against compassionate blasphemy.
You know, like when he told Jake Shears that:
“organised religious bodies don’t seem to work” and that he would “ban religion completely” if he had the power, and “Religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it is not really compassionate.”
Or his no-nonsense stance in 2012 about gay marriage:
“I know a lot of people, and perhaps especially religious people, will say that David and I should count ourselves lucky for living in a country that allows civil partnerships, and call it quits there…Well, I don’t accept this…Wouldn’t it be a huge source of national pride if we led, rather than just followed, the currents of history, and became one of the first countries in the world to say being married isn’t about whether you’re straight or gay, but about whether you’re human?”
Love him or hate him, it’s hard to argue with that.
h/t: Pink News