Saturday, February 20, 2010
"Jesus Christ is Gay": Elton John - Reaction
Elton John responds to the quote in today's much publicized interview in Parade Magazine in which he's attributed as saying that Jesus Christ "was a super-intelligent, compassionate gay man."
Speaking to WGN-TV entertainment reporter, Dean Richards, John says his statement was taken out of context.
He said, "let me clarify. I'm not saying to everyone that he definitely was gay; that's just how I see him from MY point of view as a compassionate gay person. I see him as a compassionate person who forgave people. That's how "I" see him. Everyone's individual faith is their own business.
Pop legend Elton John is making waves again, saying in an interview that Jesus Christ was a gay man.
The comments in a wide-ranging interview posted on the website of the U.S. magazine Parade have caused consternation among conservative Christians. The 62-year-old musician is quoted as saying, "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems."
He went on to say that on the cross, Jesus forgave the people who crucified him and wanted us to be loving and forgiving.
The Catholic League condemned the comments, saying that to call Jesus a homosexual is to "label him a sexual deviant."
Chicago television station WGN interviewed John over the furor, and the musician tried to clarify his remarks.
"I'm not saying to everyone that he definitely was gay; that's just how I see him from my point of view as a compassionate gay person," John is quoted on WGN's website. "I see him as a compassionate person who forgave people. That's how I see him. Everyone's individual faith is their own business."