Elton John: Jesus Was Gay

Catholic League: No he wasn't

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 19, 2010 3:01 AM CST

(Newser) – Elton John talks about love, drugs, and fame in a new interview but it's his take on a "gay Jesus" that's cranking up the Christian right to a frothing frenzy. "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems," the singer tells Parade. "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."

Christian groups are already skewering the star. "Jesus was certainly compassionate, but to say he was 'super-intelligent' is to compare the son of God to a successful game-show contestant,” Catholic League President William Donohue tells CNN. “More seriously, to call Jesus gay 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.'"

Every Saturday for 16 years, we've sent each other a card, no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other, John says of his relationship with partner David Furnish.
"Every Saturday for 16 years, we've sent each other a card, no matter where we are in the world, to say how much we love each other," John says of his relationship with partner David Furnish.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)
Sir Elton John attends the premiere of Nowhere Boy during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival last month.
Sir Elton John attends the premiere of "Nowhere Boy" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival last month.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Sir Elton John performs during a concert in Zurich, Switzerland.
Sir Elton John performs during a concert in Zurich, Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Walter Bieri)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
31%
17%
2%
5%
39%
6%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   HitFix   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   CollegeHumor   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!