Atheist Queer Elton John Hates Gay Marriage

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elton-johnElton John is one of those Atheists the rest of us tend to hope people just don’t notice, especially when he is talking. Not to long ago Elton said:

“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.”

Ouch. Ban? Pretty wince-worthy. While these are exactly the kind of extremist comments Atheists don’t need to be associated with, at least the sentiment behind his remark is a sane one – that the world just might be a much nicer place without religion. As John Lennon said it, “Imagine No Religion”. Sure, I get that. We all do.

Then, Elton John starts talking about how Gays have no right to get married and he loses me.

Wait, what? Yup. Recently he said:

“We’re (David Furnish and I) not married. Let’s get that right,” John told USA Today on Nov. 12. “We have a civil partnership. What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage.

“I don’t want to be married,” John said. “I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership. … You get the same equal rights. … Heterosexual people get married.”

Wow Elton, wow. I would be inclined to think this is an example of religious gay-hate so effectively permeating society that even an Atheist finds himself discriminating against himself for being gay, but honestly? In this case I think it’s just Elton John being Elton John.

[San Francisco Bay Times]

[The Atheist Experience]

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