Elton John has upset religious fundamentalists by inferring that Jesus Christ was a gay man.
In a new interview the 63 year old pop star said: “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.”
His comments have sparked a row with high profile evangelical minister Ian Watson, who recently led a campaign against gay clergy men in Scotland.
Watson told The Daily Record: “There is absolutely no truth whatsoever in what Elton John has said about Jesus being gay.
“Jesus was a Jew and Jewish law regards homosexual practices as a sin. When Jesus challenged his enemies to prove him guilty of sin, they couldn’t do it. Therefore, I have no doubt whatsoever that he was not a gay man.”
In the interview with Parade the Rocket Man singer talks candidly about his previous addiction to drugs and how he “lost the plot” during the period he was addicted to Cocaine.
“For some people a gram of cocaine can last a month. Not me. I have to do the lot, and then I want more. At the end of the day, all it led to was heartache.
“Just about every relationship I ever had was involved with drugs. It never works. But I always had to be with someone, good or bad, otherwise I didn’t feel fulfilled.
John who has been clean for many years goes on to say how he’s grown tired of being a celebrity.
In support of his religious ‘gaff’ the chaplain for Church of Scotland group Affirmation Scotland, the Rev Lindsay Biddle, said: “I think it’s wonderful for anybody, including Elton John, to imagine Jesus as being like them.
“This is very common, and in the Western world we do it all the time, imagining Jesus to be white when, in fact, he was a man of colour.”
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