November 13, 2006

Elton John

Elton John says he would ban religion because it discriminates against gays. He says, "It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate." I think he's talking about orthodox/fundamentalist versions of the three major monotheistic religions (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam); it would be hard to make the same argument against Jainism, Buddhism, or Zen. I don't know much about orthodox Judaism, but if he's talking about fundamentalist Christianity and Islam, he's right.

I don't know if I agree that religion should be banned--I think there should be freedom of religion.
But he's right about the hate--most hatred and intolerance comes from the fundamentalist versions of the three monotheistic religions.

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