February 18th, 2010
02:21 PM ET

The Catholic League speaks out against Elton John

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In Elton John’s recent interview with Parade, he spoke about his past relationships, fame and drugs.

But it was the statement he made regarding Christianity that has sparked a strong reaction from William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, among others.

Donohue doesn’t agree with John, who said “Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man.”

In a statement to Showbiz Tonight and CNN Donohue says, “Jesus was certainly compassionate, but to say he was 'super-intelligent' is to compare the son of God to a successful game-show contestant,” Donohue added. “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.'”

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  1. Tom Nunnery

    How does the Catholic League know that Sir Elton John is wrong? They have no right to critizise anyone or group. They have enough on their plate to last forever. They are as usual hypocrites.This church is losing its influence in the world.
    He has a right to his opinion.

    February 22, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. john

    To A. Believer: This is a Blog about the Catholic Church and their response to a Gay Man's comment about Jesus' sexual orientation. You do not need to defend Jesus against a comment by a Pop Musician. The message of Jesus is loud and clear to all who will listen. I think the issue here is how you responded to my comment about how the Catholic Church responded to EJ's comment. Let me be more clear about my point: The Catholic Church is a falsehood in representing the word of Christ to the people. In light of the damage that so many Catholic Priests have done to the Altar Boys in recent years it makes me sick to my stomach that you would even make an attempt to defend any part of the Catholic Church. Like I said, repentence is a significant part of "forgiveness" in Christianity and I have seen none of it by the Pope or the Church for their crimes committed against innocent young men. So now before you accuse me of being an unGodly person, I will tell you I have already asked God to leave me behind if the Rapure occurs during my lifetime so I can bring the message of Christ to people in a time who need it the most. So what have you done to further the message of love and Christ???

    February 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A. Believer

    It saddens me to see people who actually know how to spell, write and articulate act so stupid. What's more, Holy God, our Creator, stands at the door and knocks. Some believe in Jesus' message and then go on to deny He IS God, then some just hate on Him completely. Most assuredly, all and I mean all will someday bow before Him and give an account of their lives. No one who has the Spirit of God will misunderstand this. Anyone who does NOT have the Spirit of God will continue making these terrible comments in the name of humor, ignorance or whatever you want to call it. This does NOT have anything to do with the Catholic Church or "Christians" or "Religion." As soon as the "Catholic" Church stops worshipping Mary and starts talking to GOD HIMSELF and as soon as others begin loving and not judging each other, well then things will change.

    Look at the book of Micah, chapter 4. Someday God will change everything and those who wish to criticize and hate Him will not be found.

    February 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Angie Morris

    This is not about the Church or about being Catholic, it is about JESUS CHRIST and what God's Holy Word, the Bible says about Him. It isn't even about right or wrong or what, as one reader put it, "What the 'Church' thinks we should or should not be doing." What matters is what God says about how all of us are living.

    February 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Elton is free to to make whatever observations he so chooses to make. As far as the Catholic Church goes, better if they just bite their lip on this one! They are in no position to comment on "any" sexual matters about anyone! By their own standards, Elton John has committed far less sins than the Catholic Church by a long shot. If the Catholic Church was really repentent about their Priests' sexual escapades with the Altar Boys they would dissolve the church / Vatican and feed the poor of the world with the proceeds. Net net, I am not a huge fan of EJ, but I am REALLY not a huge fan of the Catholic Church; I guess that's obvious to all by now . . .

    February 21, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nick

    Jesus is still compassionate and caring and he did teach love and peace and forgivness and still does in acceptence through Him.

    February 21, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Nick

    Christains do not find something like this humorous because it isn't. We believe Christ should be revered. People keep saying God loves us all and Jesus will forgive us all. This is true, the bible says so, but that is not what believers found so offensive here. It was the comment that Jesus, the Son of God, was gay. I am a christian and till now I was a fan of Elton John's, but not anymore. This is a ridiculous statement. Where he got that from, I don't know. It sure isn't in the bible and the bible is God's word. 'In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God." John 1:1. "And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14. You cannot compare Christ to us. He is perfect and above all our earthly sins and desires. Christ did not come here to live a life like ours, though He did experience not only all our pains, but more then we will ever know. He came here to save us. Elton John is not the first person to say such things about the Lord and unfortunately He won't be the last. People want to compare God to us, they want to change His word to accommodate their behaviour. They can want all they want to but it won't get them anywhere in the end. God is constant and unchanging and we will all be judged. His word is solid. It doesn't matter what we believe. God doesn't need our belief to exist. He always was and always will be. He is a loving Father. Just because He loves us all doesn't mean He loves what we do.

    February 21, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lori

    You cannot judge a specific religion by the sinful acts of man. Ever since Adam ate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, man has been born sinful. We all need to ask forgiveness for the sins we commit AND Repent! To repent is to turn away from and to not continue in that sinful behavior. Jesus will forgive us our sins. Everyone who sins and doesn't ask forgiveness and repent will spend eternity if the fiery pits of hell! That is a promise directly from the wholly inspired, inerrant Word of God, the Bible teaches. Blasphemy is the same as a lie, is the same as murder, is the same as homosexuality... Priests, bloggers, atheists, agnostics, Christian and non-Christian bloggers, we will all stand before Jesus, the Christ on judgment day and receive the just punishment we deserve. Those who repent and sin no more have had those sins erased by the blood of Jesus that was shed on Calvary. The rest, well, take your chances. If I'm wrong, I will have tried to live a morally good life. But what if I'm right?!?!?! Think on it.

    February 20, 2010 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alan

    Yeah, let's all take our moral instruction from the Catholic Church, an institution that's basically just NAMbLA with money.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shawn

    Everyone has an opinion, but it amazes me that if something was said about a person with disabilities or a minority it would be condemed by everyone. Somebody like Elton says something about a person, who,( and you can check history books on this, both ancient and modern), did exist according to believers and non. Somone who billions of people believe in, and people are commenting negatively towards the organizations that are defending this person. Like I said, everyone has an opinion, and like something else everyone else has, sometimes they stink.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Liz

    Man, Christians have no sense of humor and have gotta be some of the most difficult people to deal with.

    I have no opinion on this particular comment but I agree with him that religion should be banned. It's a shame it ever existed in the first place. Poor brainwashed, poisoned minds all throughout history and making life less pleasant for the rest of us (the majority of wars, scientific delays, persecution i.e. "you're going to hell!" etc.) Believers may feel sorry for atheists, but believe me, it often reciprocates.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. marius

    Jesus said in matthew 19:5 "A man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united firmly to his wife , and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh." So, it is so clear that for Jesus marriage it's between a man and a woman and , if He believe this, he can't be gay !!! Use your brain and logic ...

    February 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Annie

    After reading all these posts, all I can say is...I am praying for all of you. For those calling themselves Christians passing judgment, and for all those non-believers with that God shaped hole in their lives.

    May God bless you. He loves all of you, and so does His Son.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Maple Crayon

    Religion is an expensive fiction.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dina M

    Elton John is a uneducated douche bag ! period. For the ones who dont "understand" the meaning of he loved ALL ur life must really suck, you must be loveless and miserable ! get it together, before its too late, and your life will come and go !

    February 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Jim

    Loksi – much of what you say is on point, but your assertion that he would have faired worse had he been a woman is inaccurate. The media doesn't care about John's statement because to them religion and religious people are "unprotected" topics - it's OK to bash them all one wants. The Dixie Chicks suffered some career disruption because they voiced a strong view that was completely at odds with the majority of their fans, but even then the industry compensated them by rave reviews and awards on their next album because the industry was fine with their statements.
    If John had bashed woman or gays (two groups the media holds as "protected" from attack) and were he not himself in the ultimate "protected" group, he would have been castigated.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jason

    Cindy –
    "Jesus was the one person on earth who showed how to resist human temptation.."
    What of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the buddah, baba ram dass, Lao Tzu??

    February 19, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Nanny in Maryland

    Cindy, you are right on. Most people love the part where it says that Jesus forgives all sins and totally ignore Him when he exhorts them to repent and turn from their sinful ways.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Angie

    I whole-heartedly agree with Katie H. .......Well said! I would just add....does anyone really think that Elton's statement shocks God? God is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, immutable and eternal. He has infinite love for all of us, including Elton John. I actually really like Elton's music and think he is extremely talented. But he is just a human.......who needs the grace and forgiveness of God....just like the rest of us. Being gay, bi, a whore, a thief, a murderer, an alcoholic..........none of these things sends a person to hell. The only thing that will do that is rejection of Jesus Christ and the perfect sacrifice that He provided for us all. We just have to come to Him as a little child, recognize that there is NOTHING we can do to "earn" salvation, and accept the free gift of His grace. His Son paid the price for us! We don't have to.

    I agree that lots of "Christians" spew too much hatred. God IS love. Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.

    And to "Mr. Trash" or maybe it's "Ms. Trash" who posted: "Religion is the root of all evil." Actually the Bible says "the love of money is the root of all evil." But.....I somewhat agree with you that "religion" is the root of many evils. When you speak of God, you need a relationship with Him. Don't worry about so called "religions." A RELATIONSHIP with God provides great joy, love, peace that passes all understanding. Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Just some things to think about. Don't hate on Elton. Pray for him.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Gazza

    It's important to remember who Jesus hung out with. The prostitues, bill collectors, etc. Basically the outcasts of society. He had time for these people. The only people He couldn't stand were the religious ones. Sadly the religious zealots are so caught up in their predjudices and self-righteousness they refuse to admit to having they forgot what He was all about and how they should conduct themselves. Gotta riddle for you–why did the religious people in Jesus' time pray on street corners??? So people on TWO streets would see them praying...

    February 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  21. William

    I just think we're dealing with an old lunatic.
    Poor man he lost his mind.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  22. cindy

    I too am always stunned at the evidence of how my religious faith is held in such contempt. Sadly, these hateful thoughts are most often expressed by those ignorant of Jesus' true message of love and forgiveness, to those truely penitent, and yes, there are also plenty of those who call themselves Christians who just don't get it either, and are equally blinded and motivated by hate, and who are just as surely missing the point. As for me, I am a strong, thoughtful, open minded, intelligent person who calls myself a practicing, church-going Christian, though I'm not Roman Catholic, and believes that I'm not merely following a "myth"; not because I am brain-washed, but because I have always expressed my firm belief in the power of prayer, and have been aware of too many times in my life when Someone was clearly watching over me. Sadly, we live in a society that embraces and celebrates hedonism and evil. Jesus was the one person on earth who showed how to resist human temptation, therefore His sexuality is irrelevant. He loved the sinner but deplored the sin, and offered forgiveness to the repentant. By the way, for the last time, Jesus was often criticized for hanging with the wrong crowd (a doctor doesn't cure those who are well, after all), but Mary Magdalene was neither a prostitiute nor Jesus' wife (Dan Brown is no Theologian!), but a strong, independant follower. That lie was created by arrogant, jealous, all too human men, to slander her.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. amyinoaktown

    Elton John is getting exactly what he wanted...all of the attention focused on him. When you have a waining career, I guess that's what you do to make sure people still know you are around. Nice job Elton!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Loksi

    I've always had respect for Elton John speaking out until this crass statement. He has done harm to those who worship and believe in a man who showed us how to live without sin. I'm not saying to be gay is to sin, I'm saying that a personal opinion such as that is bound to get a reaction of displeasure.

    Mr. John, while you are very well liked and certainly brilliant at your profession, I find it an abuse of your celebrity to make statements like that to the public. Had you been female I dare say you would be treated like the Dixie Chicks who only expressed a well thought opinion. A man of your stature should be less flip about the seriousness of the subject.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  25. BB

    Read the Bible :

    ROMANS 1: 26-28

    God Bless you All !!!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Sandy

    Elton's "gayness" has finally affected his brain. Stupid comments made by another egotistical entertainer. Sir Elton? I think not. Just another fat boy who plays piano.

    This is not just a Catholic issue. It's a Christian issue. I wonder how the Queen feels about "Sir" Elton now since she is the head of the Anglican Church, a Christian sect.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Nanny in Maryland

    Wow, when was Sir Elton ordained. I've read quite a bit of the New Testament in a couple of different translations and I don't remember seeing that in there anywhere. Did he just have an epiphany or is he just trying to justify his lifestyle? I'm all for letting people live their lives as they see fit but I draw the line when somebody starts taking potshots at my Savior. I'm a little confused – if I speak against gay marriage I'm ignorant and uneducated but if a homosexual makes inflamatory remarks about my Savior it's okay and he's just expressing his opinion. Oh well, no more top 40 stations for me – back to my Christian radio station.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jason

    Once again we are reminded how misunderstood the Catholic Church and most people are. It dosn't matter who Jesus was, what he was, son of god, married, gay or secretly an elephant! It only matters what he was trying to teach. The teachings shout love, spirituality, acceptance, understanding. Most are concerned with what kind of sandle he wore and if he had a beard or not. The fact that people get upset over a comment an entertainer made about Jesus only verifies two things, 1. an insecurity in their beliefs. 2. a huge misunderstanding of spirituality. – The Catholic Church is always too quick to defend their belief system. Those that know, don't speak because truth dosn't make a sound. It's known and dosn't need convincing. If Jesus were here today, I don't imagine he would be concerned about how people label him but instead how misunderstanding people are. Hence this conversation. God this too heavy.. im even annoying myself. HAH

    February 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Chris Rowley

    Whats the problem? Really? Religious folk can tune out so much of their only holy texts surely a few words from singer shuold make no difference at all, just ignore it like you do all the nasty stuff in your books then pretend he meant something else.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Donna

    This Donna agrees with the other Donna, let him make a comment about Mohammad – then when they come after him to stoned him to death, he will embrace being a Christian

    February 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  31. courtney

    Juses Christ was not gay. How could he be when He spoke against homosexuallity? Elton is ingorant for declaring just false accusations.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  32. John Wright

    I have always had the same belief as Elton, after all some of the most powerful and free thinking individuals through out history have been gay!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jason

    I think the only thing we can know is that we dont know. You dont have to know why your here to be here. It's beyond human minds capacity to know. Wake up and give up.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Marie

    Elton get a real life!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Tara LHM

    Freedom of speech... remember?? Elton John is awesome, and he always will be... I think his comment is something to ponder.
    As a "born-again" Atheist, I don't hate anybody for what they believe in or don't, but reading all the comments to this article I am glad I gave up this illusion called Christianity. I keep seeing these hateful words coming out of these "christians" and it is appalling! Jesus, I think was a real dude, with feelings, emotions, and desires... who knows what his sexual orientation was, who cares? HIS word is right, be nice to others, but the words of Jesus have been perverted by man over and over again... I for one, am intelligent enough to know that my life shouldn't be based on fear, which is all most organized religions adhere to.
    I do know, that I am afraid of most of the people who call themselves Christians... It scares me that their narrow-mindedness is causing wars and violence all in the name of "God" ( who doesn't exist )
    Brainwashed. Christian Zombies!

    (oh, by the way, It's YOUR hell, YOU burn in it!)

    February 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  36. A DeMarzio

    Are you kidding me! I am so glad that I checked out of the church a long time ago...

    Who knew then, that today I would be a Sexual Devient – or worse being in a 3rd World Country "stealing" children for the sake of God.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Maria

    It amazes me how judgmental people are! You say that Donahue shouldn’t have made those comments about Elton John, but then you go and bash Catholics. What hypocrites!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Tasha

    Elton John is on crack. He always makes ridiculous comments as if anyone cares.

    He/Rosie O'Donnell / Donald Trump are always making negative and pretty nasty remarks about other people. They are very toxic.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Joel

    Oh Jesus was gay for sure, I mean cmon the guy hung out with 12 dudes and he didn't ever get in there with any girls. I've always thought it's way more probable that he was gay than not. I mean if I only hung out with 12 guys all the time what you think ppl would say. Lmao this stuff is halarious. Religious types gotta see that this claim is entirely more valid than the ones such as his raising from the dead, like really whats more probable, a guy that basically lives with 12 dudes is gay or that he rose from the dead. We at least know that gay ppl exist lol.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  40. T2112

    "I finally get to ask the question that has puzzled me for years. Can someone please tell me where did God come from? I'm serious. I have done extensive studying on religion and that is the one thing I have never seen an answer to. I am not anti-christian...just like to be informed."

    Terri – the Bible says at Ps. 90:2: “Before the mountains themselves were born, or you proceeded to bring forth as with labor pains the earth and the productive land, even from time indefinite to time indefinite you are God.”
    He has always been.
    Hope this helps.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jason

    Crazy is this backlash over Elton John's comments about Jesus. Once again we are reminded how misunderstood the Catholic Church and most people are. It dosn't matter who Jesus was, what he was, son of god, married, gay or secretly an elephant! It only matters what he was trying to teach. The teachings shout love, spirituality, acceptance, understanding. Most are concerned with what kind of sandle he wore and if he had a beard or not. The fact that people get upset over a comment an entertainer made about Jesus only verifies two things, 1. an insecurity in their beliefs. 2. a huge misunderstanding of spirituality. – The Catholic Church is always to quick to defend their belief system. Those that know, don't speak because truth dosn't make a sound. It's known and dosn't need convincing. If Jesus were here today, I don't imagine he would be concerned about how people label him but instead how misunderstanding people are. Hence this conversation.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Why?

    I just don't understand why Christianity/most of the Christian bloggers have to use scare tactics/techniques about hell to get people to convert instead of just practicing their true message about loving people?

    February 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Mike in Montana

    I have lost 'all' respect for Elton John and his ridiculous, stupid comment concerning Jesus Christ. He has now offended the christian faith and their beliefs. I will 'not' buy any of his music or watch any of his events or benefits. He should make a formal apology to his fans and the christian faith. Your statement was inappropriate and irresponsible toward the christian faith and toward the greatest man that has ever lived on this earth. Mike in Montana

    February 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Tom Nunnery

    Do you really think that Sir Elton John will miss your support?What a laugh!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Bonnie Pearce

    what do you thank that a gay man would say but what he did .to try to make it right but we all no that life style will send your soul to hell. he needs to ask god forgiveness and change his life style and ask god to help him so he want live forever with the devil and his demons and burn forever in hell. AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Tom Nunnery

    The people who said they will now not listen to Elton John's music, will those same people STOP going to the Catholic church because of their continuous abuse of minors? Will these same people not listen to the Pope's horrrible condemnation of those whom he decides evil? Evil is the word that describes the actions of this church for centuries. What hypocrisy!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  47. J. Mank

    I quit RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults) classes just last night! No coincidence that the subject was "Marriage and Sexuality." My wonderful husband, a Catholic since his birth in 1950, suffered the world of nuns and rulers right through high school, but still can't let go. However, he understand my decision completely and supports me 100 per cent. Our daughter, 14, can't stop cheering me on, although she promised her dad she'd get confirmed, and will honor that promise. She says, "Once I'm 18, I'm outta there." She dearly loves Jesus, as I do, but like me, has a problem with "organized religion."

    I wouldn't go so far to say Jesus was gay, I have no idea of knowing! Who knows? Gandhi said it best about Christianity: "I love your Jesus, it's your Christians I don't like," or something like that. Of course, Jesus loves all gays, as do I, he loves EVERYBODY, and I'm as straight as they come. My idea of religion is this: God is love, and we are all one. Guess I'm more like John Lennon that way, and he always WAS my favorite Beatle.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Tracey

    Why do people choose to condemn all Catholics (due to sins of individuals) and Christians because of what some bad seeds do? Not all Christians are "good" and have good intentions for others. But most are and to judge an entire group of people based on the actions of a few is totally discriminatory. Isn't that what the gay community is against???? Give me a break! Read your Bibles and you'll know who Jesus is. One day Elton John will know the truth....find out on your own before it's too late.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Katie H

    As someone who loves and follows Jesus, I just wanted to make a short comment.

    The Bible is clear that Jesus did not partake in sex, whether heterosexual or homosexual, because His mission was a divine, and not an earth-bound, one. His mission was to live/love/preach among humanity, then ultimately die as their Savior.

    Jesus fiercely loved ALL people – in fact, He spent most of His time with the marginalized in society and those considered by the morally self-righteous to be "sinners" (see Matthew 9:10-13). It's unfortunate that many self-proclaimed Christians give Christ a bad name due to their own sinful judgments and attitudes.

    However, though Christ deeply loves all people, He also recognized the brokenness in our hurting world and simultaneously was not afraid to call out sin. He identified the capacity for hurt and evil in every person's heart. That is why He came: to voluntarily absorb the punishment that we earned with our sinful hearts and actions (through His sacrificial death on the cross, and subsequent resurrection from the dead and victory over death + sin).

    Jesus always extended forgiveness, and subsequently demanded people to forsake a life of living for self (sin) for living a life following and honoring Him. All that to say, He was much more than simply a "nice guy".

    He loves every one of us – from the morally destitute to the most morally self-righteous. He longs for us to experience His forgiveness and life-giving love.

    "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life."
    [1 Timothy 1:15-16]

    February 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  50. TXMAN

    If one were to read the comments on this article, you would think that Catholicism is the only religion practiced in this world. Elton John can think Jesus was gay, but it does not make it so, it is only his opinion. I would not go to Mr. John for theology lessons.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Henry

    Most prostitutes believe that most people are prostitutes; most thieves believe that most people are thieves, and most homosexuals believe that inside every man lives a latent homosexual. They like to distribute their guilt to others in their own mind by believing that most people are morally corrupt, thus deadening their own moral anguish due to their remorseful awareness of being enslaved or overcome by their perverted unspeakable acts, performed over and over again, with no relief in sight. They understand that they have forfeited their very own lives with disastrous results, knowing full well that payday is around the corner, demanding nothing less than agonizing torment, forever.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Gina

    I consider myself a believer In Jesus Christ; but to be honest, I am having a very difficult time wanting to be associated with the church. It breaks my heart to say this because I truly miss gathering with other believers, but the way that people are being duped and robbed for their money and own personal thinking process has really started to upset me. Maybe if we acted more like Jesus showing compassion and actually caring about all people, maybe Elton John would not have such a contrast in which to make his judgements about Jesus being gay. There should be a greater resemblance of Christ in us all who call ourselves Christians. That way Elton would have to say we were all gay!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  53. DR966

    God only called one to be sinless. He delights in us sinning less. Elton's behavoir of sinning is no different than the rest of us. The difference is that we don't broadcast our sins for the attention or political agenda, rather we go to our Lord with a repentant heart and ask for His forgiveness.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  54. olna

    I love the gay Jesus comment. Why is that so bad? Elton John clearly has a great sense of humor and he was simply stating his opinion. And, and if he believes that religion should be banned then that's his opinion. Donohue needs to something better to do with his time.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Charles

    It saddened me that in this Lentern season this washed- up, has- been will come up with such a provocative and insulting comment. As a Christian, i can only ask God to forgive him.
    On the second thought i wondered was his faith will be if he had said Mohammed was Gay?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jane

    I think Mr Donahue, the Pope and the Catholic Church should be more interested in weeding out the perverts, child molesters and pedophiles in their ranks that they seem to protect rather than expose.
    Elton John is a citizen just like everyone else and has the right to have his say.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Snow White

    Why doesn't Elton John pick on someone his own size.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Michael

    and William Donohue knows Jesus in person and he knows his sexual orientation?
    How weird.
    In the middle-east 2000yrs ago, men married very early.
    So maybe he was married to Maria Magdalena or maybe he was gay.
    Alot of Child-mosters and gay clerics hiding in church nowadays.
    And they can tell you alot about family and children even so they have none and no experience. hmmmmmmmm.
    Alot of hot air comes out of William Donohue mouth too.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Michelle

    I am saddened that anyone, even if they're famous, could say such a thing. I always loved Elton's music and partially accepted HIS choice to be gay, but I have now lost all respect for the man who says Jesus Christ our Savior is gay. Shame on Elton! This fan is no longer.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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    February 19, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  61. zombieshere

    Jesus just called, He's not into Elton and never has been.
    He wants everyone to know that he's a Madonna kind of guy.
    Sorry Elton, he's just not into you.
    Nice try but no "banana".
    the zombs

    February 19, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  62. tdr

    Sir Elton has the right to his opinion. But, hey, bottom line is that he is an entertainer. Although I do not agree with his lifestyle or his opinion his personal opinions are his own. I will continue to enjoy his music. I do not claim to be a student of the bible but I do believe that the right to judge ANYONE is reserved by God and not some earthly bound leader of some religious group. Especially anyone associated with the Catholic League because we all know what a pristine history catholicism has.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  63. Robotboy

    Who really cares what Elton John thinks or says? The man was a walking pharmacy at one time. Seriously. Must be a slow news week.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  64. the one

    it is incredibly sad how many of you are lost.
    just because you won't accept God doesn't mean you won't be answering to Him in the end.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  65. Tri-Statearea

    This is what gets me people quote the Bible but they don’t know it Jesus calls for us to love the sinner but hate the sin, Jesus was sexually tempted but he never yielded to temptation Jesus never had sexual relations with anyone. if so can someone tell me with who and when. But as far as the Catholic Church is concerned they still have many issues that they need to figure out. But when has Elton John not said or done things for sock value

    February 19, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  66. Mz P.

    I am a believer and all I have to say is Elton will eat his words... so many times those that don't believe or speak out of ignorance die a horrific death. I'm not prophecying, but he will regret it.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  67. funny

    I love how the ones that left comments that Elton was right on, were named Ken and Jeffery....classic...haha.

    I personally could care less what Elton John thinks, play your little songs from the 70's and entertain us, after all you are a just a modern day court jester after all, so entertain us. Maybe we will let you.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  68. Alan Hutchison

    Kate – February 19th, 2010 9:47 am ET

    You are comforted by the thought he'll go to hell? So you take comfort in the thought of somebody being tortured for eternity?

    Is that your loving christian compassion? Certainly not a religion I would like to get involved with.

    February 19, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  69. DontJudge

    All of us "straight" people:

    According to the Bible, if you go to a restaurant/store on Saturday (which is the the Sabbath by the way, not Sunday), you have broken a commandment

    If you have a TV and watch it for hours a day, you have broken commandments 1 and 2, making a graven image.

    If you swear and use profanity, you have broken a commandment.

    If you watch violence in movies, you are condoning murder.

    if you divorce and remarry, you have committed adultery. If you even look at a woman with lust, you have committed adultery. (ALL men are Tiger Woods.)

    Christians, why do we judge and pick on only one sin? We are just as guilty as anyone.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  70. Rohini

    How insecure does the church has to be to respond to something Sir Elton John said. He didnt even say anything bad about him. Although I can understand their point in responding. If someone is dumb enough to believe that being gay is bad just because church says so then they can probably easily be swayed to the other side when a Star says that Jesus was gay. Church has so much power becoz of such people anyway. I wish common sense was little more common in this world.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  71. JH

    Uh....Jesus DID have dark skin. He was Hebrew – dark skin, dark eyes, dark curly hair probably worn short. That blue-eyed, blonde-haired guy Christians all love is an attempt to get you non-Hebrews to accept Christianity.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  72. JH

    Jesus wasn't gay? But what about all those priests who are trying to follow in his light loafers?

    February 19, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  73. Anon

    Organized religion SHOULD be banned as it has caused more death, destruction and misery than any other single factor in human history. And you christians can't have it both ways. Either he was "dating" mary magdalene or he was gay. Period. He wasn't god and was no more divine than any other human being.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  74. Douglas

    Maybe before the Catholic Diocese points their fingers they should make sure their hands are clean. They haven't exactly had rave reviews lately in the news, am I right?!

    February 19, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  75. gte890h

    whats wrong with the term sexual deviant?
    It just means sexually not in line with accepted behavior, which is true because homosexuality is considered a sin. Jesus was the perfect human free of sin, so i guess some ppl might find what Elton John said offensive.
    And yes Jesus loves all, but he also hates sin (not saying He hates sinners).

    February 19, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  76. alexalive

    who knows if jesus was gay??? thats kinda out there, but jesus certainly would have been friends with gays & not hateful like most christians. I would be a christian if it wasn't for christians.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  77. LIZ

    God is love in everyway, no matter how big or small ur sin is he will forgive u..
    but the devil just want to comfuse u,destroy u,steal from u.kill u.


    February 19, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  78. Theresa

    Well, the church is an expert on sexual deviancy, so...

    February 19, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  79. Joseph Woosley

    Does it matter? Nobody can prove or disprove it either way.

    The Catholic Church seems to be the most corrupt religious body in the world except for maybe the Scientologists, but there aren't nearly as many of them so it's hard to say. Catholics in general are nice people for the most part, I don't see why they aren't demanding more change as most of the strictures they operate under were created by men, the various Popes of the past.

    February 19, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  80. ofelia

    What a blasphemy ! Poor Elton John , I think you try to find an excuse for your "lifestyle" or you know that you are wrong but you like it too much and can't give up ! If you want to know about Lord Jesus, read New Testament 1-2 times . Read first, and than talk about Him !

    February 19, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  81. Stephanie

    Elton simply stated his opinion, which is funny and not an insult to anyone...we all have our opinions and how is his right to express his any different than anyone else's? He simply gets to state it on tv because of his fame...yay him, it's called freedom of expression and freedom of speech...deal with it. And for the record, God has to have a sense of humor...otherwise we wouldn't have made it through this many wars and disasters and still not seemed to have learned anything, including the right of others to express themselves without being chastised by others...closed minded much? lol

    February 19, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  82. Ashley

    Why is something that elton said in an interview does William Donohue have to comment on? Really its freedom of speech. God is the judge so why does William have to judge Elton on what he says? quite frankly its none of his business. amen. #1 freedom of speech under god...... sorry guys! everybody wants to be free in the name of god well you got it bucko! So stop judging b/c isn't that a sin folks? let god deal with it and stop worring about others and worry about urself

    February 19, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  83. kate

    im comorted by the thought that elton will indeed go to hell. along with half of you people. not that i wish it on you. it just makes it to where im no upsetted by ur ridiculously stupid comments. hehe.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  84. DR966

    Unfortunately, people of celebrity believe in what is "seen". People of faith believe in the 'unseen". Some cannot stay away from controversy, although this is more PR for Elton than it is an attack on Christianity. Christians have been attacked since the early days of Christ, no surprise here.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  85. Mytie

    I am a spiritual individual. My moral base was learned from my parents, my respect for others too. Tolerance of people with beliefs or practices different than me, I also learned from my parents. I have lived my life grateful for those gifts.

    The Catholic League and Elton John are posturing . This is just what it is. To be heard in whatever way they can for money gain or to get a moment in the limelight. For both camps ( IMO) its a sad way to conduct oneself..

    There are far more important things for us to try and reason out than this silliness.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  86. ReneB

    I agree the world would be better off without the brainwashing of most religions; however, to call Jesus a gay man is ludicrous. Why do so many gay people claim this person or that person is gay? I don’t understand, in doing so, does that substantiate themselves somehow?

    February 19, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  87. Louise Stubert

    Elton John is living in sin as we all are. One of his sins is homosexuality. another is disobedience, and another is blasphemy against God. He shouldn't mock God and take Him lightly because really, he is going to have to stand before him and account for every sin that He has committed – including calling the perfect Lamb of God gay. Elton has made ugly music unto my ears!
    Here are some scripture verses that are relevant: Romans1:24-27; 1 Corinthians6:9-10,1 Timothy1: 9-10 (homosexuality); 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1John 3:5 ( Jesus Christ was absolutely perfect and no not gay!!)John 3:16, Romans 8:1-2, John 3:36 ( Elton John needs Jesus Christ if he wants to enjoy music or have any other pleasure and joy when he dies.) He is on the path going in the wrong direction!
    Repent Elton! God really hates your "abominable" sin of homosexuality but he loves you and wants you to turn to Him for help, strenghth and salvation! Thats the Good News. Jesus came for sinners.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  88. wendy

    Gay means HAPPY. Everybody is quick to judge and jump to conclusions. Hypocrites!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  89. Chris

    I agree that we should ban religion completely, but stating Jesus was gay is kind of short sighted. That's like saying if you're a black man, then Jesus was black. Who cares? Jesus was probably asexual (if he even existed at all).

    February 19, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  90. Jes

    Ricardo-Our world is imperfect because of mankind's tainted nature. We are all lead by our own free will and it is man which brings hatred and evil into this world, not God. These days, almost everything in this world is corrupt, because it is run or influenced by man. I just think it is sad that this temporal life is pretty much as good as it gets for you.

    Kevin- I was not making that statement to all people who do not believe in religion, I was responding to a certain previous post. I am aware that there are atheists who are actually better people than many Catholics. I was just trying to make a statement about believing in something, anything for the sake of hope and faith. I guess it is just difficult for me to see how someone can not have faith in something greater than himself/herself. And about the business model, obviously there would have to be real faith behind it, not just someone following blindly and for superficial reasons. That person would have to educate themselves on whatever religion they chose to follow and think to themselves as an afterthought, "hey what is there to lose?"; and stay true to what they believe in.

    February 19, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  91. Eric

    The CNN comment policy says, "All comments should be relevant to the topic and remain respectful of other authors and commenters."

    This is moderated? Really?

    And this is how many of you think you should behave in public towards other people? Let's have some semblance of civility!

    February 19, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  92. lissa

    who knows if God is gay or not! NOBODY KNOWS exactly; and you know what??? that's just Elton John's opinion.. dont we have a right to our own opinions- he wasnt insulting anyone..

    February 19, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  93. Frank

    Jesus was gay! If he wasn't, let me be struck dead right now...

    Still here! See? Told you!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  94. Jamster

    Elton John is lucky that one thing Jesus taught us was to be forgiving,If EJ had me this silly comment about Mohammed,he would have known the difference

    February 19, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  95. Kim, Boston

    If I'm not mistaken, the bible does state judgement should be left up to God, so why don't you believers take that little tidbit from the bible too, or do you only believe what's convenient for you?

    If God created man in his image, he created Elton John, so why can't Elton John believe in his image of God? I know logic and religion are
    not compatible but do try not to be a hypocrite.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  96. Gerard

    echoing Donna, February 18th, 2010 2:28 pm ET.
    I dare Elton say the same sentiment to Allah.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  97. duales

    Rhonda, your comment i think by far surpasses all others.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  98. Bob

    Wow, after reading some of these comments, is it any wonder the world is in the shape it's in?

    February 19, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  99. J.Crobuzon

    I actually don't find religion very convincing, and never have. Most 'servants of God' are petty and venal, plus you must give a church thousands of dollars over many years to purchase this afterlife, with no guarantee that it is real.
    Elton's full of crap, though. There's no evidence that Jesus was gay. He was trolling you God guys, and you bit.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  100. G. Butler

    I believe Jesus was a "Gay" man...but not in the sexual sense. I believe he was just happy. He lived his life the way he wanted and died for our sins. And he chose to do this. He wasn't forced to like some would believe. I think using the term "Gay" is only being ostercised here because a homosexual man said it. Reading about a speech and hearing the context in which the speech was spoken are two different things. This article is simply about the church's interpretation of how another individual meant something they said.

    Personally, I think the Church has just become paranoid about these things to the point of which saying the word "Gay" in any context is much like saying the word "Bomb" on an airplane. People just need to let words wash over them. If I had done that in school, my life would have been much better than it has been. However, I let words get to me and I felt miserable all my childhood to the point of attempting suicide at age 14. Thankfully I failed but now as I aam nearly 30, I have leared that word should be taken as lightly as possible. Otherwise, too many people will end up getting hurt.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  101. G. Butler

    Previously Wrote:

    rhonda February 18th, 2010 2:43 pm ET

    The God and Jesus Christ I was taught about have nothing but love for ALL children of God..I choose to believe that means ALL, not just the ones that conform to what the church says should be...God made us all and loves us all UNCONDITIONALLY and hopefully someday everyone will realize that and the hate will stop


    February 19, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  102. Pete

    Go Elton! The whole Jesus "story" is a bunch of bunk. However, God knew what he was doing when HE MADE GAY PEOPLE.....he needed a superior type of human to help regulate the stupid straight people who FEAR OUR SUPERIORITY!!!!! Shove your bible folks.....we are here and we are winning the take over. Your marriages are failing, your churches are losing followers....the third great awakening is in progress!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  103. Josh

    All of these comments are "gay". LOL They have no meaning. Man the jesus bashers come out in full force on CNN. Since CNN is a democratic website that means all democrats are gay and hate religion! speciifically christians!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  104. AZGuy

    For once and for all..... it is "I couldn't care less". Elton John is nothing more than a famous idiot who has an amazing talent for music. That's about it though. To suggest that Jesus Christ was a gay is such a ridiculous statement. I doubt the moron has ever set foot in a church. I too am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Read what J Roberts has to say. He/she knows what they are talking about. It is amazing to me that someone could be so gifted and stupid at the same time. I agree that the Catholic church needs to clean up their own house before going after anyone. He has a lot of nerve making that comment. For all of you who may believe that Jesus was gay ... READ THE BIBLE .... GET A CLUE!

    February 19, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  105. vin

    Methinks the Church doth protest too much.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  106. Ian

    Well, this just re-affirms why most poeple are walking away.

    For the representative of the catholic church to refer to a gay person as "sexual deviant" is beyond comprehension, and filled with hypocrisy.

    Sexual deviant because of who the sleep with? If my wife is a blonde – does that make me a secual devient?

    Before pointing their finger at gays and calling THEM sexual deviant, I'd like for them why so many small boys have been molested by catholic priest, these so-called "men of god".

    Please. Religion is such a cult. Believing in god is a personal thing, and we need to embrace our beliefs in our own way, and teach our kids the values we think are important. Religions – any religions – are nothing more than cults.

    I am so sick of the hypocrisy.

    For the record, I am a straight male, who was forced by his parents to be a catholic. I will not expose my son to a cult. I will talk to him about what I believe, and teach him what I believe is important. What he chooses to do is up to him. If he wants to buy in to a cult mentality, that's his thing.

    February 19, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  107. Mr Tudball

    Whether Jesus was gay or not...Elton John would NEVER have the guts to say the same thing about Mohammed.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  108. introublenow

    We as a people are tempting the Lord and really using his words in vain....Yes we are to love everyone but there actions we cannot love. This statement is an abomination to Heavenly Father and anyone that knows Him and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Yes I am judging the statement made...no I am not judging the person!

    February 19, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  109. hejsan

    Yeah – The Catholic Church speaking out on sexual deviants – That's pretty funny. How does any organization that mandates celibacy for its leaders (which is a denial of the human condition and thus inherently deviant) and is somehow shocked when it's leaders engage in sexually inappropriate behavior (can we say clergy sexual abuse) define homosexuality as deviant? Somehow I think the Church better reign in it's own before labeling others behaviors as deviant.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  110. Reality Check

    Ok, so is Jesus "gay" or the secret husband of Mary Magdalene, because I've lost track. All these attempt to get back to the "historical Jesus" have produced distortions that are beyond belief. And as for helping with the AIDS community yes, most branches of the Church do so. Let's not forget it was the Catholic Church that gave rise to most of the hospital system in the Western World. Because of a move from the compassion they saw modeled by Jesus, they reached out to people who would not normally be helped, especially lepers. I don't think Donohue should be commenting however, John's comments don't warrant comment. They were words meant to rattle the RCC into looking like a bunch of hypocrites. They were effective in that respect.

    And the other thing that needs to be addressed is that corruption has seeped into every institution of man from government to religion. The past atrocities of the church are no different than those of other religions (yes all the major branches, even Buddhism have their own atrocities). What is different, however, is that Church's Master and Lord is going to personally judge the deeds and misdeeds done in the name of the Church.

    Bottom Line: People have been "hurling insults" at Jesus since before the Cross, Jesus didn't counter-attack any but the self-righteous.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  111. charles

    I think homosexuailty should be banned. It's the cause of all the world's problems.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  112. Del

    this is what you say when you get old and have lost the limelight look at all the attention he gets

    February 19, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  113. steve

    I am 100 percent on elton johns side the catholic church and or any religion needs not judge others the only man that can judge is god and another thing what if elton was using the term gay as in happy think about it people duh either way elton you got my support

    February 19, 2010 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  114. ddp121

    Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ now and always! If He were to talk to Elton in person, I'm sure He'd forgive him, just like He forgave all of our sins. We're all sinners and all say things we don't mean, but that's the beauty of having our Lord and Redeemer. He forgives us all 🙂

    February 19, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  115. In Christian Love

    I will be praying for all you confused people. Satan has taken control of your life. Shame on Elton. Jesus was not Gay. Poor Elton and all those years of drugs. Christ died for us. Elton and all the rest of you confused can be forgivien. Just ask the Lord for that. Jesus will be returning soon. You better prepare for that. I love you Jesus and I will always live for you. I pray for the lost and confused. It so sad Please read a Bible and you will find the answers.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  116. Craig

    Some of these catholics need to just shut up. They think they know it all, when in reality they are WAY off base.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  117. really?

    if he opens his mouth, it should be to sing. That's the stupidest comment I have ever heard...

    February 19, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  118. Dave

    Who cares what "William Donohue, president of the Catholic League" believes or says. He's a one person smear campaign. Besides, with the child abuse, crusades and inquisitions, I don't understand why the Catholic church is still around. Of all the institutions that promote "invisible friends" (ooooooo, scary) the Catholic church is the worst!

    February 19, 2010 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  119. Ari

    I don't know the context this was said in so not commenting on that particular statement, but making an observation about outspoken celebrities. Criticising Christianity is in vogue and easy. Making fun of Islam is intolerant and could get you killed. Double standard, and shows cowardness if you think all religion is BS but only attack what's easy.

    February 19, 2010 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  120. Moshiman

    Once again the christian zealots condemn someone for going against "the Bible". How quickly they pounce on Elton for his belief while history proves that christians are one of the most violent groups from years past. The Crusades, the inquisitions, Salem witch trials...etc were all violent attempts to convert people to christianity through force. Pedophile priests who are above the law because they are men of the cloth. Give me a break. The bible was written by man, not god. if I said God spoke to me and told me to write a book about Jesus, they would lock me up in the psych ward and throw away the key calling me crazy. There are millions of points of view on religion but ultimatly, it's what you choose to believe and that is neither right nor wrong.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  121. lucky

    I am not surprise to see so many judgemental people in my life. We all have so much to say about others, we need to not only look in the mirror but we need to enter it to look the other way at our selves. I am with freedom of speech. Religion is so structure it doesn't teach people to think for themselves. I am very spiritual but don't follow man made religious rules to brain wash what I think and say. Religion as controlled many of our people today that we cant state what we feel. When we pray we pray the same prayers over and over again. We need to enter new and better prayers. why wont the church let each individual of their parish to enter a different prayer during mass. There are many different changes I wish I could enter in these religious world that can make many of us happy. Ex. How come the high priest and religious leaders have big house fancy cars while their people are homeless and hungry? Answer please!!!!! I want a response from a religious leader.....Reach out if you care.....

    February 19, 2010 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
  122. Doug

    According to the Bible, one of the disciples, John, rested his head on Jesus' chest during the Last Supper. This same disciple referred to himself as the one of the twelve "whom Jesus loved." Hmmm.

    Evangelicals always say that Jesus condemns gays, so now one of us gays says Jesus was a closet case. Karma is restored slightly toward its balance, I suppose!

    February 19, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  123. JustSayingTruth

    Elton John's statements were rude and unfeeling. Most of the comments here seem to support his bad behavior. The Christian religion does not support Homosexuality of any kind. Religious radicals have killed for less. But Christians for the most part do not behave that way. But Jesus was the savior for the believers. The society we have now has no deference to people of religion. All I can say is pray all the religious people are wrong because if they are right there will be hell to pay later. Party enjoy your life now but the problem with that idea is you have not built equity when you simply do as you want without reguard to others.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  124. JD Hamilton

    Religion is a fool's comfort. Wanting to believe in a thing doesn't make that thing real. I laugh at at the people who claim to know what jesus was like, but at the same time it makes me sad to think of all these otherwise intelligent people who have thrown out their common sense to buy into or maintain their belief in this religious non-sense.

    By the way, mohammad was probably gay too... notice he had no offspring... resulted in a major schism that still causes people to die today. So sad... religion: MAJOR FAIL!

    February 19, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  125. Joe

    To Ken,

    Can Elton John prove that Jesus was gay? Exactly, you can't prove a negative. But that's beside the point. He's entitled to whatever outlandish theory he concocts, and I'm entitled to say he's full of it and express that. Aint free speech beautiful?

    February 19, 2010 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  126. Thomas J Dawson

    I hope the world will see and understand, that we are nothing other than CARBON COPIES of the REFLECTIONS of REALITY.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  127. Howie

    If god was taking the time to read this article and the comments that follow, I picture her laughing her black ass off.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  128. anton sarandrea

    What does Elton John think of Muhammad? Two billion believers are keen to know.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  129. Mohamed

    It's quite sad to see how many people are supporting Elton John's comments and views. It only goes to show how little morals and sense of religion you people have. Every single major religion opposes homosexuality for many many reasons far beyond the obvious ones. So who are you to question these rules and encourage a decadent life style? So now that global society is accepting homosexuality to spread, what's the next big "normal" thing to do and encourage, steal? rape? murder? Why don't we just chip away at every single one of the ten commandments and make it "normal" in society to do so. What people fail to understand these days is that religion is a good thing, it builds character and morals, teaches you to discipline and control yourself. Even if you have homosexual tendancies, it is a test. Your entire life is a test and you must learn to control yourself and not give in, and worse, not encourage it. I am not speaking or preaching in a Muslim tone, this is the voice and teachings of all the major religions.

    February 19, 2010 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  130. chris

    Kevin, (February 18th, 2010 10:00 pm ET) Sorry, but as a "Christian" you have more issues than I can adequately describe here!

    "I think Jesus is all things to all people" Jesus is just one thing, the truth. There are no relative truths, nor are there relative religions or, despite what the current norms might teach you, relative moralities.
    He was clear, direct and unambiguous in what he said, maybe you need to read that again, or at all.

    "I take great offense to the statement of Mr. Donahue. It is his opinion that being gay is a sexual (sic) deviant behavior." Don't blame Mr. Donahue, he is simply stating the truth as outlined unequivocally in the bible. While the homosexual lobby will talk about male on male jellyfish or female cumquats that co-habitate, the norm for humans is male and female, abnormal equals a deviation from the norm.

    "I don't know if being gay is a sin or not" Read your bible.

    "YES I know what the Bible says about the subject." No you don't.

    "I also know that it says more about love and compassion and being true to his teaching." You can't pick the bits of the bible you find acceptable, it's all or nothing.

    "Its to (sic) bad that as Christians we are quick to use the parts of the bible that allow us to support our own bias and spread our own hate rather than using it to understand how to love all people." WE? Hmmm...sorry isn't that what YOU have been doing?

    "My wife of 23 years helped me understand that and that is what we have taught our children." Stop listening to your wife and once you know the truth get her to listen to you. For such a "relative" transgression in China you and your family would be sent to a re-education camp.

    You, however, simply have to read the word of God, believe it and follow it.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  131. Truth

    I wonder where Rhonda and Michelle get their ideas about God? Certainly not from the bible which is where he reveals himself to man. No one could read the bible and honestly say that God loves everyone in the way implied in their comments. As someone already pointed out, God destroyed whole cities, including the young and old, for the sin of homosexuality. The bible also says that God "hates" the workers of iniquity. Isn't "hate" the opposite of "love"?
    God is the sovereign creator, ruler and judge over all and not the old white headed man sitting in the corner wondering why everything didn't work out as he planned. This world has a false understanding of who God is. Elton John is just another sad example of what sin does to our thought process where God is concerned.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  132. Arun Ashokan

    I agree with Micheal Cain on this one. For one, why should they be worried about what Elton John has to say? How does it matter to them? It is not like he cursed THEM. Secondly, as stated in the Bilble "Before removing the speck in your brother's eye, remove that log in your own eye"! Enough said.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  133. Tonya

    Of course Jesus was gay. A young cute Jewish man in his 30's who only ever hung out with a group of men (and never married or had a girlfirend)... please....

    February 19, 2010 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  134. Aidan Stewart

    When a Stars glimmer has lost its glim, they will sometimes say and do almost anything to find themselves in the limelight again. This is such a case. Its the old adage; It doesnt matter what they say about me as long as I am back in the peoples minds.

    As for this remark; to put it simply, it is ridiculous in the extreme.
    What he is actually trying to say is; If I can anyone to believe that THE SON OF GOD was a sinner, then I am not guilty for what I am doing with my life.

    Jesus CHrist was chosen by our Heavenly Father to be our Saviour. To be our Saviour He had to be without sin. Jesus Christ never commited a sin in His life. Sex outside of marriage, ( and God ordained marriage as between a Man and a Woman, ) is a sin. That means sex only with the person you are lawfully and legally married to, again Man and Woman. Sex is the gift of God to create life here on the Earth. It is not to be abused for self gratification only. It is not to be abused period.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  135. John Burns


    Yes, God loves everyone, even sinners. Jesus Himself said that He came to save sinners, not the righteous. However, that does not mean He condones sin. You can't use "God loves everyone" as a justification or permission for doing wrong anymore than you can say "I love my children, therefore they can do anything they want." Yes, I know that more than a few parents today seem to have precisely that attitude, but look at the monsters they are bringing up.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  136. Emmanuel.O.

    Christians don't hate gay people, What christians are saying is that GOD condems homosexuaity. Please Time is runing out. We have to follow Jesus teachings or we have ourself to blame.
    Elton Jesus loves you.. and wish you change your ways. Jesus died on the Cross for you (Elton) and I so that we will be saved.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
  137. chris

    What I find truly incredible are the spelling and grammar mistakes throughout this blog! I come from a generation who were taught to express themselves in English, without a spell-checker! In fact I don't even know how to use one, let alone find one on my computer. This whole
    dialogue is demonstrative of our need to use detailed and nuanced expression in whatever language we are communicating in. Language is about an exchange of ideas, and expressive ideas lead to understanding and civilisation, Many of the uneducated people here seem to instead want confusion and thuggery.

    Apart from that I think it's a really lovely exchange of ideas, have a nice day.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  138. flucbabe

    It's just quite unfortunate that nowadays, anybody just believe they have rights to live and talk the way they like.
    For you Elton John, after all you have achieved in life as a musician, you feel there was nothing more to make jest about, so you concluded that Jesus is the next topic for you and your members.
    Well, I'm sorry for you all in that part of the world,becos your world is degrading society where it has come to the extent that using christian religion to make fun is nothing to you.
    For your information John, may be you haven't come across where it is stated in the Bible that Jesus came into this world for a purpose and his mission is to save those who are sinners like you for you to be repentant. Think deeply about your lonely and miserable life, I am assuring you that Jesus is not a gay like you, he will always be there to accept you and your members into his kingdom becos of his great Love for you, no matter what you have done or said about him, he will always forgive you of all unrighteousness.

    February 19, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  139. Jesus

    Yes. I am gay.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  140. Jeshurun

    Anathema Maranatha

    February 19, 2010 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  141. daniel medina

    hang on, so Jesus was gay then who was banging Mary Magdalene then??? come back Dan Brown all is forgiven.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  142. I Hate Bullies

    Don't offend gays... or else you're a homophobe

    Don't offend blacks... if you do then you're racist

    Don't offend women... you're sexist

    Don't offend the military... you're unpatriotic

    Don't offend muslims... they'll hunt you down and kill you

    But you can offend Christians... they don't fight back anyway!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  143. joe90

    Whether we like it or not, God's position in homosexuality is CLEAR. Which is eternal suffering in HELL. God is love but REMEMBER He destroyed sodom and gomorah. Be warned.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  144. felix sabiniano

    jesus is regarded as prophet by the muslim and son of god by the christian. in either way christians are offended by such statement and muslims will be too. in this regards, i have no objection if the muslim will issue a fatwa for elton john death.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  145. I Hate Bullies

    Ah yes... another celebrity bullying the Christians...

    That's what bullies do... make fun of those who don't fight back... not like, well, the Muslims...

    You don't see South Park making fun of Mohammed the same way they made fun of Jesus or Mary, eh?

    So yay for Sir Elton, he got to be news again.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  146. Phil From Sea

    First, the "Catholic League" is not related to the Vatican

    Second, keep in mind that all the priests who were molesters, were in the first place, homosexuals, who violated Church law.

    In other words, these were evil homosexuals.

    Fourth, homosexuals are deviant – why? because they insert their pensises in anuses. If that is not deviant, what is? Deviant is what deviant does.

    Finally, to you all who say, who can prove Jesus wasn't gay, who can prove YOU AREN'T IDIOTS?

    February 19, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  147. tstewartt27

    Sorry, I couldn't stop there and I haven't read all of the posts so I'm sure I'm repeating others but....How arrogant of christians to assume they have the only route to heaven and the hereafter (via Jesus). I was raised Methodist, but after reading Dr. Spong and others about how the Bible was actually compiled and edited (by humans) it became clear to me and my entire family that the GOOD BOOK is a man-made collection of parables and not to be taken litterally.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  148. Maggie

    "For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God..."... Elton John's comments are distasteful, but we all sin, every day, in one way or another, whether it be publicly or privately! Each one of us will be called to give an account of our OWN lives whether we believe it or not – so it's best to keep our own lives in check. Just because there are people who have decided that God does not exist does not mean that He ceases to exist – He is the beginning and the end.... the very fact that this world still exist despite the many wrongs that have happened and are happening in it, is a sign that an incredibly loving and gracious God is still in control... had any of us been God we would surely have given up on mankind a long time ago... I thank God Almighty He is not like us! I am so thankful that He shows grace to people like Elton, who has offended those of us who love Jesus, and that He also shows that same grace to me every day as I try and live my life for Christ in this body that so often wants to do what it should not but with God's help overcomes...

    February 19, 2010 at 4:14 am | Report abuse |
  149. Marc

    I'm not the most religious man in the world but nowhere does it say Jesus was gay. That's the most evil thing to say. Nowhere does it say Jesus was American so does that mean Jesus was an American? Moron, hey Elton if you don't have anything good to say shut your damn mouth!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  150. Gerhard Augustin

    as Tina Turner's former manager/Producer I had a chance to encounter EJ in the early days of his carreer – especially doing the promotion for the "TOMMY" movie in 1974 when we travelled across the USA with the main characters of the movie. At that time Elton John didn't want to be recognized as a "closet queen" when he was still married to Renate Blau – the german receptionist – from Munich's ARABELLA STUDIO. Apart from his music "this faggot" and his personality was most unpleasent and egocentric – most time – but that was the other side of the medal.There was absolutely no consideration for the well being of others around him, and the song "bitch" is exactly what "Miss Elton" was all about – and probably still is.Goodbye Yellow "Prick" road. And then again, who the f.... is Elton John ? A "Sir" with Love ?
    augustinmusic – YouTube

    February 19, 2010 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  151. Gerhard Augustin

    as Tina Turner's former manager/Producer I had a chance to encounter EJ in the early days of his carreer – especially doing the promotion for the "TOMMY" movie in 1974 when we travelled across the USA with the main characters of the movie. At that time Elton John didn't want to be recognized as a "closet queen" when he was still married to Renate Blau – the german receptionist – from Munich's ARABELLA STUDIO. Apart from his music "this faggot" and his personality was most unpleasent and egocentric – most time – but that was the other side of the medal.There was absolutely no consideration for the well being of others around him, and the song "bitch" is exactly what "Miss Elton" was all about – and probably still is.Goodbye Yellow "Prick" road.And then again, who the f.... is Elton John ? A "Sir" with Love ?

    February 19, 2010 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  152. Peter

    What else can one say about a guy who hung around 12 other hot Middle Eastern men 24/7, none of them with wives, and all that free Hemp and wine available? Plus no Catholics to try to run their lives for them. 😀

    February 19, 2010 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  153. Gerhard Augustin

    as Tina Turner's former manager/Producer I had a chance to encounter EJ in the early days of his carreer – especially doing the promotion for the "TOMMY" movie in 1974 when we travelled across the USA with the main characters of the movie. At that time Elton John didn't want to be recognized as a "closet queen" when he was still married to Renate Blau – the german receptionist – from Munich's ARABELLA STUDIO.Apart from his music "this faggot" was most unpleasent and egocentric – most time – but that was the other side of the medal.There was absolutely no consideration for the well being of others around him, and the song "bitch" is exactly what "Miss Elton" was all about – and probably still is.Goodbye Yellow "Prick" road.And then again, who the f.... is Elton John ?

    February 19, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  154. recovering catholic

    Lol it shows how insecure and childish that the Catholic League is about any questioning of religion. They are afraid and they need to grow up and have a adult relationship with God and not see him as Santa Claus. If only Elton could be Pope I would go back to church. Long live free will question authority. Ask all the question they are afraid to ask.

    February 19, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  155. Steven Debach

    Interesting comment from William Donahue, in particular since the Catholic church has paid millions in law suits stemming from their trusted priest, molesting little boys and girls. HIPOCRITS!

    February 19, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  156. David

    Throughout his career, Elton John has battled addictions to alcohol and cocaine... suffered a drug overdose...battling eating disorder bulimia and now from mental illness. What can you expect more from him... poor guy, leave him alone!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
  157. drmuokee

    Elton John is a sick pervert who has no respect for God. I have reason to wonder why people listen to what he has to say

    February 19, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  158. Jakc

    Elton John has every right to say statements like this, but it is completely unnecessary because it only sparks angry reactions. 2.1 billion people in the world believe in Jesus.
    Live and let live, leave the Christians alone, leave the gays alone, leave the Atheists alone, leave the Muslims alone.
    Everyone has to give account of his or her actions and words somehow, someday. For the sake of peace, let's respect belief and unbelief and seek to do what helps and not stir up hatred.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  159. tstewartt27

    Imagine there's no Heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace

    John Lennons words.......amen

    February 19, 2010 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  160. Derek

    Remember when the word "gay" meant "happy?"
    Maybe he meant that, as Elton is a smart man and he knows how to play with words.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  161. Anthony

    Well spoken Donna. It's a wonder how the catholics are able to constrain themselves and not do anything apart from give a statement whereas if it had been anything about Mohamed, there would have been a bomb falling onto our heads anytime soon.

    Apart from that, I can't see why the church care about him. As they said, they didn't expect him to say anything better.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  162. Satan

    Hell yeah! Keep it coming, guys. Put that Nazarene down!

    February 19, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  163. Mahen

    Why should we tyake notice of the comments made by a gay man.
    Probably his mind is warped beyond redemption.
    God Bless him

    February 19, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  164. Jack Peel

    Muhammed was homosexual.

    Many of the administrative branch of his religion also enjoy conquering boys, goats and other orafaces. Such activities are not restricted only to US southerners and their livestock or needy priests.

    February 19, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  165. Angelo

    So I guess God has no sense of humor?

    February 19, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  166. Jennifer Mwanza

    Jesus was definitely NOT gay. The bible teaches that to be gay is against God's principles. Jesus came on God's behalf to teach people, among other things, God's law. To be gay is against God's law. Therefore how could Jesus have been gay?

    February 19, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  167. tom watson

    don't know, or care, whether or not jesus was gay. the way i see it, jesus, as we know him, is a compilation of gifted, compassionate men who taught and healed back in the time. he's our remedy. our salvation. but this does bring up an interesting point. the idea of jesus certainly turned out to be a successful one. he's someone we christians can relate to. he holds it together. and that's precisely why elton john sees him as being gay! he relates to him! i'm all for elton on this issue, jesus or no jesus.

    February 19, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  168. Scott

    Jesus created Judy Garland, Madonna, Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, Barbara Eden, Lady Gaga, Cher...I could go on. Go, Elton!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  169. Jennifer

    I'll never cease to be amazed by many people's inconsiderate comments regarding other poeple's beliefs. Even if you do believe that Jesus is gay, that the Catholic Church is corrupt, that Catholics are hypocrits and so on, this does not give you the right to demean them! Based on the freedom of speech, Elton John – and all of the negative comments – sure have the right to speak their mind, but they certainly don't have the right to belittle others who derive inspiration, comfort and solace from Jesus every day of their lives. Oh and Tim, thanks for asking the same question I wanted to ask: How on Earth did Elton John know Jesus is gay? Maybe he spoke to Him?!!!

    February 19, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  170. yaya

    OK, to apease the unfair censor that wiped out my posts;

    God is great
    Dog is the same
    Elton makes sense
    Religion has no sense

    February 19, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  171. Mika

    Catholic church has a new pending law suit in Ireland, when the clergy molested kids sexually for over some decades. Three hundred kids molested. So, the Catholic church has now only proven the fact that they are themselves living in a lot bigger sin than anyone I know. Yet they pretend they have some kind of better morals. People, wake up!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  172. Eddie

    Was buddha sexy or what?

    February 19, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  173. Rose

    Jesus was never gay and will never be gay.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  174. yaya

    Elton John is not wrong, and should be applauded.

    Too long has the myopic hateful religious dunderheads spewed their garbage.
    Religion is only tribes warring against other tribes.

    Humaninty needs respect, love, and understanding, of which religion is but an impediment.

    Hopefully with education, we can cast away the barbarous teachings of christianity, islam, and judaism...

    Thank Dog

    February 19, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  175. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Hey, I'm a member of the masturbation club! We practice the ultimate homosexual act regularly! If you haven't joined yet, please do! Membership is free & we don't give a hoot about your religious affiliation. 🙂

    February 19, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  176. Johnny

    I just wonder why a gay like Elton can even be called a Sir. His ignorance about God, His teachings, and what the rest of the Bible says about homosexuality just shows he has never heard of Sodom and Gomorra. Homosexuality is a sin, and every part of our body is meant for a purpose. Male and female sexual organs have a purpose, and the anus has a purpose. Why go where fieces are supposed to come out from. God hates and judges sin and for you non-believers, that is why there is so much sin in this world. Some of you might even argue that there is nothing wrong sleeping with your siblings of opposite sex. Dont gays realise that they would not have been born if God only created a male. Please, get some sense if you are alive.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  177. dallas

    God does not need any human to answer for God, comment on the behalf of God or to crucify any other human in the name of God or Clarify the word of God etc etc, You are all human beings none of you represent God or the word of God, leave the business of God to God! Remember again, you are all human and God is God!

    February 19, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  178. http://twitter.com/whybs

    You can quote any literature work you want but tell me one priest who has not touched him/herself, then I might believe that Jesus (if he existed) wasn't gay! Sexually dysfunctional folks don't count.

    Stop hiding your head in the sand and don't tell me that you don't touch yourself! Remember Carrie Prejean?

    February 19, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  179. Mike

    Elton has a right to his opinion, although I suspect his comments are purposely inflammatory in order to keep his ego in the spotlight.
    We assume that, because the spirit of Jesus occupied a human body that he was a sexual being. I strongly suspect that his complete focus was on "higher" things, that he was spiritually and not sexually driven.
    On the face of things, if Jesus really is that essential element of Father/Son/Holy Spirit, it really doesn't matter what You, I, or Elton think. It neither proves nor disproves anything.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  180. Gail

    Erika: I was referring to John 15:18 where Jesus states "if the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you....since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you."

    As followers of Christ, we put serving Him first, and so do not put emphasis on "Worldly" pursuits. In so doing, we have chosen to belong to Christ, rather than "The World". Our priorities are changed.
    "Following" Christ is not about organized religion, or "the church"....it's about a lifestyle–and that lifestyle is about love, joy and peace–the fruits of the Spirit. Do I "hate" gays,–NO! Do I "hate" a certain political persuasion? NO! Do I "hate" anyone? NO! And neither does Jesus!
    There is no allowance for hate at all in the true Christian life.
    Going to church, or being raised of a certain faith or going through the motions, does not make you a "Christian". What does is a transformed heart.

    This is written by a lifelong atheist who has found the joy and peace only Christ can give.

    February 19, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  181. Robear in Ojai

    Bottom line: the Bible was written by men, NOT by God. Men who reflected the mindset of their era. We wouldn't survive more than half-a-day in First Century Roman-occupied Palestine. It was brutal!

    If one is to believe the word of Jesus, it boils down to a very short but very powerful message: "Love one another, like I have loved you". Everything else is myth and apocryphal propaganda, borrowed from a dozen other popular "religions" and cults of the times and slapped together and edited by the Church to form a creed that people would follow.

    Whether the historical Jesus engaged in sex (probably), was married (most likely) or not is irrelevant. The real tragedy is what followed afterward and how he was used as a figurehead for the decaying Roman Empire to exert control over their citizens through the use of religion.

    Sir Elton's comment isn't very intelligent, but quite harmless. It's the Catholic League I'm more worried about...

    February 19, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  182. Sagar Sen

    One thing is for sure. Singing and playing the piano does not make a someone circumspect and wise. Elton john must watch the depth of his comments as these may render his songs pretty meaningless and loose to his fans.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  183. http://twitter.com/whybs

    "I believe... I believe... I believe..." sounds like some televangelists!

    Religions are subjugation of self & others. No more, no less!

    Once upon a time, many believed the 'fact' that the earth is the center of the universe, because we were told so. Imagine the kind of subjugation one, that has a different view, had endured.

    Tell me one priest who has not touched himself, then I might believe that Jesus (if he existed) wasn't gay! Sexually dysfunctional folks don't count.

    Have we evolved much?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  184. Lori

    sir elton had better catch up on his 'read through the Bible in 1 year' plan. He is seriously behind on his New Testament readings, especially the Pauline Epistles. Maybe he needs some elementary reading lessons, he's evidently fried one too many brain cells with drugs.
    Why is it so politically correct to bash Christians and Christianity, but no one bothers to slam Muslims, Buddhists or Scientologists. Aren't we supposed to be equal opportunity[istic] people? We can't bash sir elton's 'religion' [homosexuality] because we might be inciting 'hate crimes.' The only hate crime here is letting sir elton flap his ignorance out in public

    February 19, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  185. pat

    I believe that Lucifer is loving this "Lucifer " (smile) because you have many follows and they are posting comments like crazy . It is so sad that you have NO HOPE. Jesus is abundant life and hope.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  186. Ricardo

    I agree with the fact that Elton has always been a fierce individual when it comes to airing his opinions but to mock Jesus is just wrong even for a person like himself.

    His got to know that he will not live forever and to mock the Lord in that way will count against him when he dies.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  187. Paul Williams

    I have heard Mr. Donohoe speak for the Catholic church many times. He has the attitude of a pit bull and if he represents the finer things about christianity, then I am very glad I am an Atheist. I can be more Christian as an Atheist and much happier too.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  188. Gorgie

    Elton John has two problems i) he was born with physical disorder i.e. imbalance of harmones and thus became a she boy or a gay ii) with so much gay sex he is even losing his wisdom in this old age.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  189. Paul Williams

    Well, I guess the Catholic church still hates Gays just like the rest of narrow-minded religious people. It sure didn't take long for the hate to come to the surface. I used to be a Mennonite minister and am so glad I have been able to rid myself of all that dogma and superstitious crap. What proof does anyone have that Jesus was not Gay? He was single in a culture that glorified marriage and family. Gee, so am I and I am Gay. Religion is such a ruse.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  190. Mark

    Only hatred of the rest of all of humanity clings to the idea that Adam was the first man was made from dust in 3750 bce without a mother to spoon feed him, that woman was created from Adam's rib, and that the first man Adam then produced sperm to get her pregnant, or that the rest of all of us need to honor prophets tracing to Adam or the followers of Adam and his lineage of prophets will kill again.

    Prophets tracing to Adam or a first man with a soul blown in, is sheer hatred of the feminine dream come true. I will never bow to Adam the first prophet and I disrespect Mohammed. Our supreme court respects no seal of the prophets from Adam. Blasphemy laws be damned. Welcome to Mother Earth where only life is divine. The US is an idolatrous nation. Just look at the Defense or Marriage Act, raising up images of the unconceived over the living child of a lesbian mother, forcing her to pay additional taxes all for absence of the patriarchs phallus. The Defense of Marriage Act is sheer idolatry. Here is my prophecy: One day a lesbian mother's child will kill the President if the defense of Marriage Act continues. None of you seem to understand that all things being equal, Barack and chief Justice John Roberts would not have had the funds for their Harvard law degrees if they were taxed like a lesbian mother for absence of a phallus. It's Bill Clinton's fault for signing it. There he was signing the Defense of Marriage Act, meanwhile he was jerking off with Monica, and then Bill lied to his wife. Living just 70 years short of 1000 Adam is the idol image of the unconceived. Honestly, I hate the followers of Adam. Don't ask me to respect Mohammed or a single Muslim nor Islamic republic. Get the message Mr. President, and save the lives of your soldiers.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  191. Laura

    Maybe someone else has written this, but the Catholic League doesn't represent the Catholic Church. This Donohue person is just commenting for his organization not the Catholic Church. He has said inflammatory things before, and it is too bad that people think he speaks for the church.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  192. What a non-sense

    First I am Catholic and I have never critique people sexual life, as long as it does not involve an innocent, it is not of my business they have their own consciences to live with and justify their own actions so gay does not need my approval what I find acceptable or not should not be of their concern, but that this man is speaking of Jesus like this I find it very non-sense and as much as he wants to be respected he needs to respect as well to others, Jesus is the son of God that is respected and love by many in the world, he seem like a baby making this comments about Jesus, I had you in much higher regard Mr. Elton John

    February 19, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  193. DF

    I think what Elton's trying to say is that he's a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man and that people should try and be like him. If you really want to know Jesus, read about him in the Gospels.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  194. Joe

    The fortunate truth anymore is this: people still care about God, but no one pays any attention to religion or religious zealots. In the eyes of the enlightened, they are the scum of the Earth – the true moron idiopaths of our society. And hallelujah for that!

    February 19, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  195. Chris

    LOL, i cant believe how literal people are taking Eltons comment.. from watching past interviews of Elton, I'm sure he was just trying to get a rise out of people and boy did it work!! I actually think Elton John knows exactly what he is doing. By making that comment: "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving..." Now, watch the backlash this creates.. the very people and churches who preach that we should live as jesus did, love & forgive one another are already spewing hatred at Elton as opposed to exercising forgiveness,, wwjd? Elton John is already proving his point. very smart!, like him or not.. Also, the judgemental & cynical statement made by William Donohue "the head of the Catholic League" just proves Eltons' point even more.. If Donohue was smart he would have come out and said that he forgives elton as jesus would and will prey for him... No wonder Christian and Catholic Churches are closing left and right.. I'm a Christian, and I have to admit that I side with Elton making his point that the world has turned into a hateful place.. People(christians) are spewing horrible hatred about this story on the fox news website(surprise) – At least Elton believes in Jesus.. Did everyone forget that many religions dont even believe in Jesus' existence? are you going to stop watching Spielberg movies? I dont ever hear people put those people down and I would think that the belief that he was not the son of God(which is the very foundation of christianity) would be much more offensive then calling him a "compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems"...

    February 19, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  196. PaulAnca

    JESUSCHRIST had said, there will have mockers.

    In Romans 1 verse 22 you will find the answer.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  197. HEY LOOK

    calling Jesus gay is like saying "Gay people are straight."

    so please, articles like this just set up flames.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  198. Jim

    whybs - your repeated comments are specious and logically flawed. You want to claim that anyone who "touches himself" is homosexual. That's simply an example of trying to control an argument by controlling the definitions by redefining them away from normal usage. Depending on usage, homosexuality means either sexual attraction toward members of the same gender or having sex with members of the same gender. It does NOT mean, "doing something sexual without a member of the other gender being present."
    You're likely right that most priests have likely touched themselves, but that doesn't make them gay. Even if they were gay, that would in no way imply that Jesus was.

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  199. Diane Young

    Isn't everyone was entitled to their own opinion?

    February 19, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  200. whyduyoucare

    for all you people wondering if Jesus Christ is gay or not, he 1,000% is not and could not be gay. that idiot of a catholic needs to stop making public statements and go back to having alone time with his alter boys

    February 19, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  201. sherri

    Some of these writings refer to Jesus as a fable...? What planet are you from? or probably, which schools did you attend? Jesus is a historical fact, not a fable. You may debate events, intentions, messages, etc., but not the fact that he existed. It is not religion that is full of hypocrisies it is the human beings that represent and lead religions. HUMAN BEINGS! Failing, frail, limited, self obsessed, pleasure seeking human beings...ALL of US!!!!
    Advancing acceptance of sin is the very nature of man. Greed, lust, gluttony, promiscuity and yes homosexuality. We are inundated with the advancement of every sin that exists, just turn on your tv tonight....in less than 3 hours all sin will be represented as normal, fun, titillating, etc. Watch and learn

    February 19, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  202. Junem

    Freedom of speech...good for them to express themselves..

    whatever they say, He is what he is...so...

    February 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Jim

    I'm with Jroberts et al on this one - the Bible (esp Old Testament) is very clear that God views homosexuality as a sin. Christ was without sin, so he could not be gay.

    Additionally, though not in vogue to say today, homosexuality is by definition "deviant" (i.e. deviating from some accepted norm) - otherwise mankind would have non-bred himself out of existence.

    Finally, while Elton is mad at Christianity because it's closet to him and doesn't embrace his lifestyle, he really should be angrier at Islam since it's much less accepting of gays. So, if Elton wants to "speak truth to power" or show how "edgy" he is, he should say something similar about Muhammed.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  204. PaulAnca

    satan´s lies; a lot of people follow him like john lenon. Elton John is another mocking.

    JESUSCHRIST is true, is the way is the life.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Barbara

    I think was Jesus was bipolar, not gay. Or just a huge flippin' narcissist to call himself the son of God. Sorry, I think he was in sane, but charismatic so people listened to everything he said.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Lola

    Isn't the Catholic League the "organization" that's run by one old guy with a laptop who slammed Kathy Griffin for her suck it Jesus comment? What the hell! I think this guy needs to address the actions and hypocracies of the church's lewd behavior then worry about what some celebrities have to say. After all, words don't hurt, sexual abuse does.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Jim

    Get over it people. There is no god, no son of god, no virgin giving birth, no resurrection, no vigin mary (except in Mexico:)

    It's all horse crap, bull crap, and you know it. Get a life.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Colejk

    The opinions of either party are fairly meaningless, but Elton John should know better. Why p*ss off a whole bunch of people for no reason. Just opened a can of worms.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Danimal

    I don't know why the church is so upset about this. If it's okay to allow hundreds of child molesters be priests, then Jesus can be gay, and probably was. The church should spend more time policing their own and leave artists alone.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Milwaukee guy

    "sexual deviant" ? Seriously? That's a bit hateful for such a god-fearing, humanity loving person. Whether he agrees or not with Elton, he should practice what he preaches about loving thy neighbor. Hate isn't a Catholic (or family) value. Thanks!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Russ

    I believe Jesus was/is God...
    I believe Elton was/is a great entertainer...
    I believe The Catholic Church was/is evil, period.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Nicole

    All I know is that as a Christian and follower of Christ, I will pray for all of you who question or deny that God exists. If you only knew how amazing life can really be by accepting him, you would never question his existence again.
    I am in no way against gay people. I do not condone their lifestyle, just as I do not condone adultary; however, I would never berate them because of their choices.
    God teaches us that forgiveness leads to salvation and just one of the many great things about God is that even is our last moments on Earth, if we confess our wrongdoing and ask for forgiveness, he will do just that.
    As humans, we tend told hold grudges longer than necessary and are constantly judging. Another great thing about God is that he loves unconditionally and will welcome anyone who is willing to accept him, into his open arms. How many people do you know who are like that?

    February 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Natan

    We can freely go to Heaven only because of Jesus' sacrificial death to pay for our sins and his resurrection. If we accept this truth as a little child, then we are 100% sure of eternal life in Heaven. Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

    Romans 5:8-10,18-19 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

    Salvation is a GIFT only received by faith. It is never attained because of our own effort, goodness, kindness, by sacraments such as baptism, church membership, charity, etc. It's only because there is a SAVIOR Jesus Christ who can save both of your body & soul from going to HELL...

    February 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  214. christopher

    "Read the Bible, folks...don't take a man's word for it."

    That's a common misperception: The Bible isn't revealed scripture written by God, it's written by men, putting what they perceive to be the words and actions of God into their words and context. The New Testament especially was written by the followers of Jesus, particularly Paul, who wanted to mold Christ's message to suit their belief systems.

    I don't think Elton meant anything particularly nasty by saying his comment, I think he was trying to compliment Jesus in his own, strange, Elton John way. The fact does remain that the message of Jesus, in the Golden Rule, that you should love others and treat them as you'd like to be treated, has been completely distorted by the organization of the Catholic Church, in its persecutions, crusades, and actions throughout dozens of centuries. The message of Jesus is separate from the message of the Catholic Church, based out of Rome, and it is that Church that Elton John has spoken out against, -not- the teachings of Jesus.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  215. stacy

    Hey, who better to know about the King of Kings.... Elton is the Queen of Queens!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Kaden

    To Drinna and Jennifer:

    Your most compelling reason for being a good person and choosing to "believe" is fear of "being wrong" and spending eternity in Hell?


    I don't reckon that that is a positive or a healthy spiritual life. I hope everyone finds "better", more loving and compassionate reasons for their beliefs. At least, a more meaningful one than fear of 'divine' retribution.

    Do ALL adherents of Abrahamic faiths live under such similar spiritual and mental intimidation? Fear of eternal damnation if God 'does' exist? And if so, how can they claim to ever love honestly and genuinely? Please respond.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  217. anonymous person

    Does Elton John mean Gay as in happy? Seriously, why do I care what a singer has to say about religion or the world? Does he have a degree in theology, linguistic, history, anthropology, physics? Does he at least have a connection w/ Stephen Hawkings or something? NO? That's what I thought.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  218. DMann

    Ohh..Get a live. You believe what you believe. Does it matter what he is or what he was???

    February 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  219. prankster

    Eltons remarks are gonna have Donohue have a stroke!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Christian Rosas

    Wow!! What a biased mindset does Michael McClain has, dont you the Catholic Church is the number one investor in the fight against AIDS and poverty around the world!? Christianity gave the values that made our nation the nation that is now, with liberty and value of life.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Kevin


    I was suggesting the very real possibility that there were embellishments. Also, even scribal errors can have huge ramifications on interpretations centuries later. On top of that, the meaning of language of today is not the meaning of language of yesterday, or even from culture to culture (as the word gay perfectly demonstrates, and the term fag in the UK meaning cigarette, and also being a derogatory term). Misspellings, rewriting words, rewriting or omitting lines very easily can affect the interpretation. As various Christian based religions around the world interpret the same statement within the bible differently, so to can even simple errors affect the meaning of what was written. Say for example someone says, "He is not gay," but it is written as, "He is gay," it takes on a totally different meaning. That is why credible news organizations publish corrections to errors in what they print or state, because it can be taken to have a totally different meaning.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Sami

    It is just crazy how people can "seriously" say, without cracking a smile, that they know what Jesus was like, personally. Those who seem to know that Jesus wouldn't do this or that is just silly. Elton John was joking, Donohue is why organized religion is become irrelevant. Talk about not being intelligent....geesh. By the way, caring if Jesus was gay or not, which has nothing to do with anything (except twisted interpretations of the Bible to fit your own "personal beliefs") shows your true colors.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Me

    And this from the people who participated in, condoned, and hid the sexual abuse of little boys.

    Isn't there something about removing the beam from your eye before you go after someone else's splinters in the Bible?

    February 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  224. dotmafia

    Why all the fuss? Jesus wasn't even a real person. There's no evidence of it. Just what was written on some parchment by some drug-induced, ignorant and highly supersticious fiction writers. I could write something about a blue fairy on a piece of paper, bury it for a thousand years, and future ignorant people will believe it once existed. No difference.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  225. paul

    why is it that gay people have to always talk about their lifestyle , and then give us their opinion about who they think is gay and that their lifestyle is somehow great? As a straight male, I don't go around bragging about my straightness and talking about my bedroom behavior. And as a young man i remember my mother going thru the phase of being gay. It was a horrible experience for a 8-12 year old. I think that people need to keep their sexual orientation to themselves. Of course the gays have to cram their lifestyle down our throats (no pun intended) so we will be de-sensitized into accepting them. I feel sorry for gay people, because the only thing that holds their relationship together is a perverted way of what they would call sex. It is the cause for aids (which EJ should contribute to since his lifestyle is responsible for this horrific disease) and many sexually transmitted diseases that has sprung up since the sexual revolution of the 60's.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Jeanne

    I cannot speak about the Bible as others...I admit, I'm not as scholared as most. But I did go to church (several different denominations) all my life, and I never learned anything about the hate and finger-pointing as I've seen on this post – thank goodness!! And what I did learn about God was all love and forgiveness – we are all sinners, no matter what religion we are...or if we are gay or not. I was taught to love everybody – not to endorse their behavior maybe, but not to hate. I'd sure hate to go to the hell you guys are talking about...just for being a nice person and trying to love and help everyone. Leave the judging to God, and have a blast loving everybody here on earth !!!

    February 18, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Tammy

    I think Elton needs to go to drug rehab again because he must have been sniffing something when he said that Jesus was gay. Not everyone wants to be gay Elton...

    February 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Leonard

    Deviant? Why is religion so oppressive? why can they not allow people to be who they are? have they not learned from with in the walls of their own organization, that people are not all, as the doctrine demands? Popes had sex with their own children, Priests with children, Nuns through history! Wake up Bigots! This Jesus you worship was not discriminating. Gay or not gay he was accepting and loving, those are the stories! the very ones the Catholic church hand selected for the Bible. I agree with Elton, Religion should be abolished.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  229. DarwinDad

    However, I WOULD question Elton's opinion on Jesus being super-intelligent. How so, ending up on the wrong side of history when it comes to slavery?

    "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ." (Ephesians 6:5)

    February 18, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Sir Jesus

    Sir Elton John is completely wrong on this one. Jesus was bi. He messed around with the apostle John and Mary Magdalene. This story is wrong too. His name is Sir Elton John.

    February 18, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Thumper

    The church could put this to rest by admitting that Jesus nailed Mary Magdalene.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Ricardo

    love this quote so true:

    ■What’s “God”? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God’s the guy that ignores you.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Emily

    It is ridiculous to assert that Jesus was gay because He didn't marry within his 33 year life span – the Bible clearly explains that Jesus' bride is the church – the group of all people who have ever lived or are living who put their love, faith, and trust in Him, and the whole point of Jesus' time on earth was to enable people to enter into that kind of relationship with Him. Which really has nothing to do with sex, by the way. Take it for what it's worth, but it is ridiculous to use the Bible to say that Jesus was gay because there's not enough evidence of Him being with a woman.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Xavier

    True, the catholic church is filled with sexual deviant priest. The priest are gay just like Elton John, thus Elton John is a sexual deviant. These men entered the priesthood to hide their sexuality and or to have young boys easily accessible and or have sex with other gay priest. It was the intention of these sexual deviant gay men to destroy the catholic church from within from the very beginning.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Ricardo

    JRoberts, go tell a muslim that Jesus is his brother..good luck...lol

    February 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Over-it

    I don't care what he said. It was a provacative statement, but that's it.

    More than what Elton said I'm tired of religon. It is used to justify doing terrible things. There is no god/God. I don't see how people aren't clear of that as soon as they figure out the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus. I'm sick and tired of people feeling superior because they believe in something that isn't real then use that to push laws or morals on me. The reason god doesn't talk to you or hasn't been in public for so many years is because he doesn't exist. He's not real. The story is made up. It's not even close to being rational. That's not said to be mean or rude, it's just the truth.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Salazar

    Seems like most of the hatred is directed toward 'simple' religious folks by those who fancy themselves 'enlightened'.

    I got news for you boneheads, you are just as intolerant as the religious folks you mock. Any position of authority can be abused, so labeling all priests as pedophiles is like saying all teachers are abusing their students.

    Society has abandoned God, and we seem stunned by the results. Most of the religious people I know, including myself donate a lot of time to making a better society. How many hours have you volunteered this week?

    Plus people who decry an action they participate in may be hypocrites but that does not speak to the intrinsic rightness or wrongness of the action itself. You accept the Bible or you don't. You can be against the sin and still love the sinner. I spoke out against the persecution of a gay priest. It did not make me popular with some people, and I accept the Biblical teaching on the matter.

    I am a proud Catholic. You can challenge my faith as quaint, but the Church will still be around in 2000 years.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Glen

    Donna (February 18th, 2010 2:28 pm ET) would like to go back to the days before Christianity was beaten into submission to act like civilized members of society and to merely be tolerated in a society now mostly governed by reason and rational thought.

    Yes, eventually Islam will be beaten into it as well.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Shalom

    Again, I say: What about the 99.9% of priests that faithfully serve people? Statistically, less than 1% of priests have been accused of pedophilia. I wonder how these statistics stack up against the general population? Or other faiths, for that matter? It's a witch hunt to be sure. It goes without saying that molestation should NEVER happen, but it is certainly not endemic to Catholic priests. See Philip Jenkins' "Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis" for a scholarly analysis.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Ricardo

    Jennifer-The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one..Shaw

    February 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Ashanti

    Elton has lost his mind!!! Why do gay people want to claim other people to be gay just so they can feel comfortable in their own skin? If Jesus was gay, why did he even bother creating women? Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Glen

    Jesus was so TOTALLY gay.

    And the only deviant in this story is that twisted freak William Donohue.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  243. DB


    February 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Greg

    Romans Chap 1 v25 : Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and server the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever Amen.
    v26: For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    v27: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman , burned in their own lust one toward another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
    v28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are nor convenient. From the KJV

    February 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Jeanne

    Terry Brookman...all gay people love trees??? Where in the heck did you get that from? Wow – that's a new one, perhaps you are getting all of your prejudices mixed up?? There are tree-huggers, there are bleeding hearts, there are this and that from your point of view...what name do you call yourself?? And politicians...talented – what world do you come from?? They are talented at spreading the fertilizer that you are talking about 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Steven

    Elton John is an angry nut-bag and should be completely ignored! He is far beyond irrelevant and his views should not be reported; Period!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  247. thefrontpage

    People: Elton John was talking about his neighbor in Atlanta, Jesus Perez, a well-known gay man. And that Catholic League guy is certainly forgetting about the thousands of Catholis priests in recent years who were all decidedly homosexual! Sheesh!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Jesus

    Would you guys stop talking about me, I am trying to get some sleep here..so what if I am gay, black or white, catholic, muslim, jewish, etc. You should worry about your own problems, I am still trying to figure out how to get back to earth and use technology to create new tricks...Not sure how Mary did her, but she was way ahead of her time, I am sure in-vitro was not invented back then.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Roy

    Oh, for the love of God...he was 32, single, never dated, hung around 12 men all the time...for Christ sake if that was your son wouldn't you wonder!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  250. meme

    Jesus was the One and only beggoten son of the living God. People, especially will say/profane the name of Jesus to justify their own behaviors. He was never gay and neither was He ever a married man.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  251. David Bartley

    Don't worry, though he doesn't know it, Donohue is actually elevating Elton John into the company of Galileo.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  252. John

    I am a believer, and I don't appreciate Elton John's comments.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  253. ToughLove

    Thanks for clarifying!! But those who think the Bible is "riddled with errors" or some kind of master Catholic brain-washing tool is simply reading shoddy scholarship or too many Brown books.
    The "errors" in the hand-copying of manuscripts before Gutenberg were misspellings, rewriting words, rewriting lines or omitting lines. They were not errors that speak to Christ's divine nature or His plan of redemption or anything else meaningful. Only those who want to cast doubt on the veracity of the Scriptures would use that argument...or are simply misinformed.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  254. jroberts

    According to the Bible God (Jehovah/Jesus Christ) destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because there were people practicing gay sexual relations and living in the most wicked sins.

    Elton John is wrong and really really mistaken. He should be ashamed of saying something blasphemous like that.

    The truth is that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and the brother of man. He is a relative to all, because every person is a child of God. We were born to experience having families and developing faith. What is it that I believe? I believe Christ was morally perfect. What is my relationship with God. I am a child of God, created by Him. Where will my family and I go when we die? Will I see them again? I believe that I can become like God and return to live with Him in heaven eternally. I believe in a heaven and a hell.

    I believe that God give truth like this to his servants the prophets and that if I read the Bible and pray I can gain wisdom I wouldn't otherwise. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Mark

    Sir John's comments reveal his ignorance about Jesus the Son of God, His teachings, and what the rest of the Bible says about homosexuality. The Bible clearly identifies homosexuality as sin, God hates and judges sin. Jesus lived the perfect life, then gave His life on the cross so that we who believe may have forgiveness of sins. It's all very clear if you take the time to read it.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  256. aorist

    A number of biblical scholars think that Jesus was gay. They say those lost books of the Bible were "lost" for a reason. Google "gay Jesus."

    February 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Jennifer

    I'd rather live my life as if there IS a God,
    and die to find out there ISN'T,
    than to live my life as if there ISN'T a God,
    and die to find out that there IS.

    Read the Bible, folks...don't take a man's word for it.
    See for yourself what it says, follow it the best you can,
    and God will take care of the rest...the Elton Johns/William Donohues notwithstanding.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Ricardo

    Michael...We are still waiting for the return of Jesus to earth.....The Catholic church has been responsible for more death and suffering than WWI, WWII and Vitnam. Don't drag other groups into the Church dirty world, who know how many childen's lives have been destroyed by the church. I am the father of two kids and will never let my kids now where close to church or religous group, it makes me sick when I see these christina organizations in third wold countries taking advantange of people and trying to convert them.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Kaden

    To Drinna:

    Your most compelling reason for being a good person and choosing to "believe" is fear of "being wrong" and spending eternity in Hell?!?!?


    I don't reckon that that is a healthy or a positive spiritual life. I hope everyone finds "better", more loving and compassionate reasons for their beliefs.

    Do ALL adherents of Abrahamic faiths live under such similar spiritual and mental intimidation? And if so, how can they claim to ever love honestly and genuinely? Please respond.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Geoffrey EB Hall

    I'm sure anyone whose read the bible would believe that the person or character in the bible named Jesus would probably give Elton a big non sexual hug laugh and then talk to him about his own philosophy and beliefs.
    As for religion well history speaks all by itself about humanitys insane creation.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  261. lyon

    Someone from the Catholic church labelling anyone a deviant is laughable. That church spent years helping their own deviants escape punishment for the many acts of sexual molestation that occured mostly on church property. I suggest Mr. Donahue look closer to home next time.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Slightly Literate

    Obviously Elton hasn't read Nikos Kazantzakis's wonderful book _The Last Temptation of Christ_.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  263. goodbyeYBR

    Jesus would not be put in Bellvue if he were alive today....all of you libs would protect him as just a guy voicing his opinion, protected by the Constitution. Really? Where do you dream this sh** up?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Sam

    One thing is for certain...there are too many 'haters' out there. Those who rail against organized religion because of its intolerance should take a look in the mirror.

    As for me....Mr. John is certainly welcome to his own point of view and, upon last check, Mr. Donohue does not speak for the Catholic Church - only for his organization. Some perspective might be useful (as well as taking a deep breath).

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Terry Brookman

    Oh yes the gay world where all the men are gay and so are the woman and the human race would last how long? Most of these people love trees more than people, you would think they would just kill themselves rather than burden the planet. Perhaps they should become what they spread, fertilizer. Don't get me wrong I admire his talent, if our politicians were as talented at what they claim to do the world would be a better place.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  266. sherri

    I didn't even read what Elton John had to say but who cares. I could care less what these people that the world has put up on some special pedistal just because they may or may not have some kind of talent. I admire the people that actually go in and get their hands dirty by helping the poor, needy and disabled. The kids that struggle due to physical or mental issues are more of superstars to me. Everyone will have to answer to God someday. Yes, even those that are declared atheist today will become believers one day. I just hope it's not after they take their last breath. Yes, I am a christian and I do believe in God and Jesus. That's my right just as much as it is anyone that doesn't believe.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  267. DarwinDad

    Moderator: Would be nice if my only mildly ironic 9:56pm post showed up anytime soon.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  268. EltonGreatSongs

    Is it not normal for people to have enough ego to see their God in their own image? Doesn't everyone?

    I always love to hear people condemn others who differ from their own beliefs. Ah, the evolution of man. So cute. So primitive.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Jeanne

    Compassionate and super-intelligent are certainly degrading words...NOT!!! I guess Donahue was simply saying is that, Jesus is nothing like him. Gay = sexual deviant (Donahue's opinion)?? Super-intelligent being compared to a game-show contestant (Donahue's opinion, again...and it's pretty lame)?? Again, all he is saying is that Jesus is nothing like him – thank goodness!!! Love equals love, not hate...judgement day is God's – not ours. Maybe if we minded our own business and didn't try to "control" others, we could all get along...even in religion. There are plenty of religions to get involved in...pick one and get involved in your own personal journey to God, and stop pointing fingers at others that don't believe like you do. God is Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Latter Day Saints, Episcopal, etc...and he loves everybody that loves and believes in him – it has nothing to do with Elton John.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  270. barry

    catholic church = hypocrisy...the church likes to tell us all what to think....they have no business in these discussions...

    February 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Steve

    Totally agree with 'From my point of view, I would ban religion completely.'” You think Jesus wants these Christians following him? They scare me and they probably scare him.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  272. me

    Jesus was pure, good, and not sexual. He was fullfilled by his Father God!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Jason from Hollywood CA

    I'm a big Elton fan so I'm glad to see he's still relevant. This uproar from the religionoids is hilarious. If there's tape and Elton is joking around it's gonna be so great cause even if he made it in jest then all those haters (which is another topic all together) will be offended that he doesn't take fairy tales seriously.

    What if Jesus was a unicorn or and elf? And he slept under a magic rainbow and he walked on water, and there was a burning bush named Judge Judy who spewed knowledge. And there was a guy who stayed in the Whale Stomach Inn for 3 whole days and flew out on Falcor...

    That's what religion is – oh i almost forgot, send lots of tax-free money. I need cartoon outfits and candles to stick in little boys.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Bob

    Wow, the world is falling apart and this is the big story. Americans are idiots and the christians that made this story big are the worst people in the world.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Tom Roth

    I absolutely love these blogs where all these nobodies write their long, drawn out opinions & really thinks there are others who read them & care a bit about what they think. That to me is the biggest joke of all. Get a life people

    February 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  276. ajk68

    "if you follow Christ's teachings then what have you done for Haiti?"

    Well,Catholic Relief Services (the major relief organization within the US dioceses of Catholic Church) has raised $60.4M, more than any other organization other than the American Red Cross ($277M). The telethon raised $66M, but that was a bit more global. The next on the list, Partners in Health raised $56M – not surprisingly they base their work on the preferential option for the poor, which is part of Catholic social teaching (they even acknowledge this).

    Catholic Medical Mission is contributing $11.9M in money and supplies is also relatively high on the list.

    These numbers are taken from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Silvio

    Richard. Quit criticizing ant and termites.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  278. believer

    There is no greater a waste of time than the discussion of religion via the comments column of a news website. False debate, intransigence, and no ground covered whatsoever. Egad.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Chris Hemmings

    A case of the pot calling the kettle black.... The church has a history of deviant priests abusing children....

    February 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Mike

    Boy, I haven't seen this much Biblical illiteracy in all my 43 years of life.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Beth

    Good for Elton.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Jason from Hollywood CA

    I heard John caught Jesus, Peter and yes Judas in the shower together...Thank You once again National Enquirer!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |

    Let's se now...
    Mary was married to Joseph but still a virgin. Mary & God had "emaculate conception" & Jesus was born. Mary & Joseph remained married, but never had any other children. Why not? Other than God is a hard act to follow. Jesus traveled in bands of men " disciples" throughout his life & never married a woman. Why not? Jesus did have a "relationship" with Mary Magdalene but never married her or had children with her. Why not?
    Even though MM followed Jesus & documented his life like other "male disciples" her passages were banished from Bible by the Pope. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone...Jesus beckoned to would be stone grabbing villagers when protecting MM, as they thought she was a prostitute.
    So let's summerize : God, sex only with a married woman & virgin, Son of God, no sex, but has "woman best friend", spends a lot of time surrounded by groups of male disciples...no he's not gay at all.

    Christian church has always had a very distorted view of sex, abstinence,women & children.

    Can't imagine why so many have left the Catholic Church recently.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  284. William T

    We may speculate about the sexuality of Jesus but no one knows for sure. But what does it matter? Anyway, the Catholics shouldn't criticise Elton John - look at how many crimes their church has committed over the centuries in the name of Jesus. Elton John is certainly entitled to his opinion - and I suspect his gaydar works very well.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Silvio

    Jesus was a compassionate super intelligent Jewish guy. He was a very busy compassionate super intelligent Jewish guy because he had to deal with a bunch of opinionated nut jobs that hated each other just like the people on this blog.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Tim

    I love gay people!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Chris

    While i love Elton John's music, he has become a total embrassment. This is not to defend the catholic church.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Jesus Follower

    The individuals judging followers of Christ as a whole are committing the same atrosity as gay-haters. Not all followers of Christ are pedophiles, yet some atheists agnostics and others seem to think that Christians somehow all played a part in that horrible abuse. Christ absolutely loves gays, equally as He loves the priests who committed such heinous sins, and equally as me – the Bible says that no one is perfect, and that Christ loves us all, despite our sins. The immorality that has become a cultural norm in the US does not reflect a moral shift by God, but it does prove His patience. Christ is love, and He's unchanging, and He wants everyone to come to Him, even disrespectful gay Elton John.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Mike Nichols

    Elton is right. Jesus was gay. Just look at Adam and Eve who were also clearly gay. If the virgin mary weren't gay then how did she become pregnant? She was a virgin from a gay perspective. Interesting but true.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Fighton

    Why would you label the whole church, for something that a group of men has done? Can we continue to label alll white people as prejudice for the stupidity of a few?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  291. JustSayingTruth

    I doubt God would crucify Elton for what he said. But in no way was Jesus Gay. God did say forgive sin he did not say pretend it does not exist. He said love thy neighbor he did not say do as they do even when it is against his will. For the religious God gave his authorized union types the gift to pass on life making a child in the image of BOTH parents half and half. He being all powerful could have made us Asexual seeing some animals are. He could have given men or women the possibility of having two types of organs depending on sexual preference. He did no such thing. Enough said on how he feels about it.

    What is true is any devote religious person would feel offended if you insult their god. And you say their God engaged in behavior their God deemed a sin it is a serious insult to that person. Elton John could have observed the religious rule that says silence is GOLDEN.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  292. SW

    Now I'm really confused. I thought Elton was Jesus.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Paul D.

    Michael L. St. Thomas More (not "Moore") was not executed by the Pope but instead by the King of England at the time. He was not burned at the stake but beheaded. Let's try to keep some of this straight (no pun intended) while we debate the historical significance - such as it is - of Sir John's comments. It must have been cathartic to write your note. It's too bad it bore no relationship to historical fact. Catholic, Protestant, gay, straight, Muslin, Hindu, etc. or not - what's wrong with the idea that we should love one another? Jesus did, regardless of whether one accepts his divinity. William Donahue may well be a bigot, but if he is a bigot, he has plenty of company on both sides of this issue. Sir John's comments are like a candle in the wind. The Christian faith has had many more hostile opponents. Love the music though.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Tim

    lilarose- You are an idiot!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Vincent Petrosino

    Donohue and his Catholic League are the biggest bunch of hypocrites in this world. So gays are sexual deviants? Then the majority of those men in the priesthood who have experienced same- sex relations in and out of the seminary and in and out of the parishes where they serve are sexual deviants as well. When human sexuality is truncated and not permitted to surface and is suppressed, you get sexual deviance. Just ask the hundreds, perhaps thousands of young catholic school boys who suffered first hand experiences with the "good ole parish priest."

    February 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Jason from Hollywood CA

    I agree with Elton, ban all religion. I mean if those people are going to pick apart every little thing celebrites say, I mean, we're better off without them. Religion poisons the mind and the soul, every1 with a religion thinks they have the answer and everyone else is wrong. Now we've got people perverting religious messages and taking advantage of the religous (weak-minded).
    And what if he said Jesus was black, hispanic, or canadian? Would that evoke these pathetic responses? What if he was gay? Is that so bad? Homosexuality is not a new phenomena caused by dancing or rock'n roll.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Melissa

    CATHOLIC AND PROUD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Ricardo

    Jes- Elton has the same freedom of speach as the catholic church, he can call them whatever he wants....and if your God is so perfect, why would he create such of imperfect world, full of suffering and hate? either he is just human like us or he doesn't really exist.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Basil

    What Elton's comment demonstrates is that everyone wants a Jesus in their own image. The revolutionary wants Jesus to be a revolutionary. The right wing Evangelical wants Jesus to be a red blooded Republican. The new ager wants Jesus to be a mystic who was an incarnation of the Christ consciousness. And so on and so on. But then most celebrities who are by no means biblical scholars or theologians will often make outlandish statements in order to disturb the minds of the faithful.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Valerie


    Elton John, in this VERY SAME interview, also said he "hated celebrity.
    This man has been in the public eye, and a worldwide performer for over 35 YEARS. Certainly the man knows what type iof comments will garnish the most attention.

    The 70's are over, you can pass the chalis now Elton. Lord knows you really want to, since you complain about "celebrity" so much.....or is that all an act too?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Hol Latchaboi

    You know they used to say that gay men were out to molest children. Turned out, that's rarely the case. Catholic priests do it a lot, though.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Will

    Jesus was bisexual. He loved everyone.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Jim

    Jesus may or may not have been a flesh and blood living historical figure, or he might be the fictional amalgm of several people. If he was a living, flesh n blood man, he was an individual. Like all humans, he must have been flawed in some ways. He probably failed at things, succeeded at things.....and was in no way some superman at all things. For all we know, he may have been black, unusually short, bald, had worse teeth than Austin Powers and may have also been the absolute worst carpenter of his time. If he were alive today – to paraphrase a movie – he may not have even been able to hit a curveball.

    If you do believe in the guy...focus more on what he said and did and ignore the trivial junk like that.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Doug Pruden

    Elton is E

    February 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Erika

    gail..umm I don´t believe jesus ever said that if you followed him you would be HATED by the world. You can still have faith in something and be liked. Millions do it everyday. But real religion relies in leading a good life, following the ten commandments, and does not regard hate. If you are reffering to the Catholic league being disliked it is because of the terrible things they do in their own religion and the way christians will judge a man according to his sexual orientation when Christians are supposed to love all fellow man. Hypocracy is what hurts the church and sends more people in to worshiping on their own.

    I think Elton John´s WHOLE comment is great. It suggests that we should all love each otherand be smart about things. Kudos Elton John.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  306. squid

    I'm an atheist.
    But lets see.
    Who would I rather live next to.
    A Hollywood left-wing drug-addicted "gay senior has-been" who claims Jesus is a homo?
    Or a Catholic?
    Guess I'm a bigot. I'd rather live next to a Catholic.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Jason

    Who cares? This is worth our time?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Mike S

    For someone who wants respect for who he is, he certainly doesn't show much respect for christians, or religion for that matter. Not everyone who is religious is a bad person, hates gays, and doesn't have an open mind. To say things like this makes him just as ignorant and biased as the people who say he is a sexual deviant.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Ricardo

    Mr. Mclain..I am with you, the Catholic churchs is nothing but a joke, Jesus was man made of bone and flesh just like you and I. As there is no proof that he was gay, there is also no proof that he was a holy being To me is interesting that Mary goes out on a trip, gets herself pregnant and then claims that it was an act of God...right..I dare anybody to try to pull that trick now...Go Elton!! you have done more for humanity that the so called Gods...

    February 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Mike

    Gay Jesus...why not? How absurd to think that he couldn't have been. Where in the Bible does it say that he's heterosexual (or homosexual for that matter)?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Matt

    Also – to the people who talk about believing in "fictional characters" – what is more absurd? Believing that everything you see around you – all of the diversity and complexity of life, the fact that you are a sentient being – that all of that is the result of random pieces of matter crashing into each other in space billions and billions of year ago, or that all of this is the result of a creator? What really takes more faith? And if you say believing in a creator takes more faith – then what is your explanation for where those pieces of matter came from, and what set them in motion? I would submit that you have to really, really not want to be accountable to anyone or anything to not believe in a creator.

    And again – people – please read the whole Bible, or at least the whole New Testament – before you suggest that all types of behavior and lifestyles are acceptable to Jesus/God. You will quickly find out that they are not. You may choose not to believe in God, or accept what the Bible says – but don't misrepresent what the Bible teaches. Stop talking about what you were taught in Sunday School, or anywhere for that matter – read it for yourself.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
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  313. doxiesf

    The Bible thumpers mostly have no clue about their "HOLY BIBLE"
    It was pasted together 400 years after jesus death, and is a reflection of a group of catholic priests who had their own agenda of controlling their world and stamping their twisted version of religion.

    Jesus would never approved of this book, what about Jesus taking a naked youn man into his room for the night to explainr the mysteries of the universe? seems very gay to me. Jesus lived in the Greco/Roman world where sexuality was looked upon more open than what occured 400 years later.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Craig

    Elton John is the man! you are all stupid

    February 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Forrest Whitney

    Please a very good looking man and "twelve deciples" have any of you been to a gay bar?

    February 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Kevin

    When I read this article I agreed with Elton. That is not to say that I think Jesus was gay but I think Jesus is all things to all people. I can understand how Elton would feel that way. I take great offense to the statement of Mr. Donahue. It is his opinion that being gay is a sexual deviant behavior. I would say that his statement alone goes against everything that Jesus tried to teach us while he was with us. Remember Jesus taught of love, compassion and forgiveness. He also taught us not to judge others. I don't know if being gay is a sin or not. YES I know what the Bible says about the subject. I also know that it says more about love and compassion and being true to his teaching. Its to bad that as Christians we are quick to use the parts of the bible that allow us to support our own bias and spread our own hate rather than using it to understand how to love all people. My wife of 23 years helped me understand that and that is what we have taught our children.

    February 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  317. bobby

    To all those who consider themselves non-christians, lets make something clear. The bible never stated that once we became christians that were instantly converted to perfect living human beings. That being said, there is still no excuse for our sins, but here is something you might want to consider. If a person goes through life and trys not to commit sin, the thought of commiting the sin is just the same as doing it..This is why we need Jesus. There is no hope for humanity without price he paid for on the cross. I challenge anyone who considers themselves to be a non-believer in God to walk into mass on saturday or into a sunday service, and sit through the entire service. More than likely you will be greeted at the front door, given a hand shake and a smile, along with a pamplet about upcoming events for that church, some singing, and a good message by a holy spirit filled preacher...I challege you, and Im sure that if you open your mind for one bit, and your heart, and ask God to reveal to you who you really are...He will. and then ask him to reveal to you who he really is, and Im sure he will.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  318. HDell

    All I have to say is that, this is how we prove that Jesus was not gay. We have faith in the Bible.

    1) Being gay is sinful.
    2) The bible has claimed that Jesus never sinned once in his life.
    Conclusion) Jesus was not gay.

    But honestly, believe what you want to believe, I'm going to stick on faith and maybe, God may save Elton one day, who knows?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  319. perry

    ya, jesus lived with twelve unemployed single fisherman and a hooker, sounds gay to me

    sounds like a party in key west

    February 18, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  320. DarwinDad

    So Donahue believes gays are sexually 'deviant'. When it comes to his own creed, maybe he should look at the statistics: fact is that the majority of the pedophile abuses in the catholic church were male-male (men on boys, that is). But if you're a devout person, why let the facts get in the way.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Raheem Portis

    I do not believe Jesus was gay. He was probably married to the Magdalene; stooped her every night.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Mike

    Elton get back in the closet and keep your manhole quiet.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Zach

    Know what's funny? If Jesus were alive today he'd be hated by everyone in the Catholic church!
    They hate hippies and they hate gays–even though most of their priests are secretly gay in actuality...
    What a pathetic religion...I pity anyone who follows it...

    February 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Matt

    Anyone who has read the Bible knows that Jesus very clearly teaches forgiveness – but that he just as clearly says to "go and sin no more." The concepts of sin, punishment and hell are very clearly taught in both the Old and New Testaments. So this idea that you can do whatever you want because God is a God of love is nonsense. If you don't believe the Bible, or you don't believe in God, that is one thing. At least you are consistent. But please stop misrepresenting what is taught in the Bible – particularly if you have never actually read it. And by "read it" – I mean the whole thing – not just little snippets here and there that make you feel better.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  325. the girl

    He is a disgusting, vile, deviant.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Mark Marshall

    You go Elton John - you are THE man and you keep on telling it like it is !!!!

    I agree 110%. Religions have - and continues to be - the most detrimental element to all humanity ever. Believing what you want is fine, but any religion that insists EVERYONE must be assimilated and all think/agree/support the ONE and ONLY way is just another cult.

    The Bible has some interesting information, but the human fault of NEEDING TO RULE THE WORLD and the MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY is dooming most "enlightened" cultures around the world.

    The US is as bad as the extremest Muslims who want us destroyed because we don't think the way they think we should so lets snuff 'em all out and vice-versa. Any hypocrisy there at all ... that you see ... hello, is your brain actually on? Your hysterical insecurity of your own belief system should tell you something ... getting your panties all a twitter based on freedom of speech and having an opinion is scary stuff. Shall we expect the Gas Chambers to be resurrected because we don't see everything YOUR WAY?

    Yep, religion is truly a wonderful asset to humanity. Hopefully another generation or two will survive it's deadly influences.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Suze

    Oops, I meant two words...

    February 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  328. M0nch08

    JESUS will forgive you for your ignorant comment. That is what you are ignorant. I love all people I do not care if your gay, straight, asexual or otherwise. JESUS warned us that in the latter days they would hate us for his name sake. JESUS said that he was hated first, I would think that anyone who associates themselves in a group that we know are picked on why would you make such a stupid comment.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Marie

    Yet another way for Elton to draw attention to himself - making inflammatory and controversial comments, because he can no longer compose a decent piece of music. Give it up, Elton.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Suze

    One word: Cardinal Law

    February 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  331. David

    @LC who said:

    >Or why don't people stop putting words in Jesus' mouth! If you don't wish to follow Him, then don't. But stop trying to 'speak' for Him, He's said all He's needed to in the gospels.

    Scholars agree that the earliest gospels got written down perhaps as much as two hundred years after Jesus lived. So the gospels themselves put words in Jesus' mouth, and of course don't even purport to record everything he ever said. Even if you equate Jesus with the persona who emerges from the surviving texts (like a character in a novel), you still have the problem of deciding which versions of which texts to count as authentic and canonical. Faith alone will not obviate the need for critical thinking and interpretation.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  332. BABAK

    The last I heard we sent our kids to church to get religion ... they got molested instead ... i have banned all religions in my home. I don't need anyone to tell me how to have a relationship with my God .. if there is a God (?)

    February 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  333. ulysses

    I'd also like to point out that people claiming Jesus was asexual and never married are just making stuff up, exactly as Elton John has done and exactly as the Christian churches have done. We know very little about the man Jesus. We don't have any idea what he did with his life when he was in his 20s. There's no writings about that time of his life in the bible. The majority of what you'd expect to find in the new testament is missing. Where is the story of his middle years? What was his wife's name? (Yes, he most probably had a wife. We don't know for sure, but it's unlikely an unmarried theologian would have been accepted in his time and place.) Where is the Gospel according to Mary? Much more importantly, where is the Gospel according to Jesus? Don't you think that would have been an important one to keep?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  334. common

    I'm pretty certain that it was a joke. The real problem with everyone, people who prescribe to a given religion, and the ones who don't is that they never seem to consider even for a second that they just might be wrong.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  335. john

    let's hear anyone in the film or the music industry say that Mohammed was a super intellligent compassionate gay man. Elton John said that because he's a has-been and wants attention. He doesn't have the courage to say it about Mohammed because there would be real repurcussions.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  336. chris

    Well, Mr. John has got what he wants, a huge reaction to his comment.
    it seems CNN has set this up by seeking a comment from the Catholic Church to provoke the inevitable "hypocrisy" call. Maybe they should have asked some Christians instead. Jesus was a super-intelligent man for a brief time, he was and is compassionate. But his patience with those who transgress his law will end soon when the ultimate game of musical chairs finishes. By current impressions it seems that, sadly and like many others, Elton won't get a seat. For those who have commented here saying God loves us unconditionally, insinuating we can still live a homosexual lifestyle, need to look to the story of the adulteress. Jesus addressed her persecutors with "let who has not sinned cast the first stone", but what he then said to woman is often not reported "go now, and sin no more".

    February 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Mark

    It is interesting that people pay so much attention to what singers have to say! From the Dixie Chicks to John Mayer and now Elton John. Listen, these people are talented, but I care not what they have to say about anything! Reminds me of Lennon and his Jesus comments. I am a Christian, but I have never been bothered by the opinions of these people. Leave Elton alone. Let him sing "Bennie and the Jets" and let's not be concerned about his opinions. I am about to let the Catholic League in on a BIG secret...Elton John is gay! I hope Elton doesn't mind me outing him like that! Of course he is going to say that Jesus was gay. He probably thinks that everyone is gay! I have to go play "Tiny Dancer" now...

    February 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Mrs. Callahan

    Jesus died for Elton just as he died for me or any of us...He lived, he sacraficed, he gave himself for all of us. Why? So we too could have our place in the Presence of God, a loving and Holy God. The Lord told us that in the end days man would befallen to his own thinking....the evidence is there.
    But, the word of God is clear...Jesus was NO sinner...he was the Only righteous one on this earth. There is no comparison. Remember when Jesus was cursed, he blessed. When persecuted, he endured it. God calls us to Pray for those that don't know the truth. Elton, I will pray for you but I won't condem you....

    February 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Noward Wright

    Elton John help create the Aids community. He along with other openly gay celebities are approaching a point where society will eventually have to address their incredibily strange mal adjustment.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Rich in NJ

    I think Jesus represented everyone, so he was gay and straight. For Elton, as a gay man, Jesus was a gay man. And since it is Church doctrine that Jesus was celibate, how could he be a "sexual deviant"? You can be gay and celibate or straight and celibate. An orientation is different from an action.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  341. AMANDO

    can't believe that there's people like this guy that to excuse himself would say such a thing ANATEMA!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  342. soneill

    OK. I'm a very tolerant person, but the whole gay thing has gone too far. Tearing down religious beliefs in the name of the gay agenda is going way too far. If sex to you (which we all know is a beautiful God given act to produce children) is sticking your dick into another MANS asshole, you are one sick person – very sick. Sorry, thats just the way it is and the way most people think of it.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Robert

    Amazing to see the comments. It is very clear that Christ coming is soon. One day every knee will bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Gail

    to David: True, many "haters" do purport to follow Jesus! But those people are not "true" followers.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Mike Garcia

    Oh yes, Elton John – now THERE'S a shining example of an upstanding man. The Catholic church should ignore any comments this fool makes, because all they are doing by responding are giving his idiotic remarks legitimacy.

    Saying the Christ was gay (homosexuality IS a perversion – whether or not you accept that is irrelevant) is Elton John's way of getting his name back into the news, since he hasn't written a decent song since 1976.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Sean

    Being gay myself, this is exactly what I hate about other gay men. They will shoot their mouths off and say anything just to get a little attention. They love a grand entrance or a dramatic exit (or both), and frankly are the reason many of us stay in the closet. So I generally dismiss these comments as silly just as I will dismiss Donohue's labeling of me as a "sexual deviant."

    Being outraged by either of these comments is simply a waste of energy and only lends credence to them.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Kevin

    Why Elton John still relevant?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Jim

    The reason why Elton said "gay Jesus" is because he is an intellectual midget and has the maturity of a child. Whether or not one loves, hates or is ambivalent about Jesus of Nazareth, making an ignorant or childish statement. Of course Jesus wasn't gay (outside of being God in the flesh), He would have been the target of the people for being a deviant.


    February 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  349. The Real Paige

    I'm sure Jesus was a very progressive, peace loving man. However, it's his followers who haven't been very peaceful over the ages. I don't care about his sexuality one way or another (or lack thereof.) He taught some great lessons about being nice to people that even his followers haven't learned.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Da Dude

    I can explain ..

    What is the first description of Adam in the bible?

    It says something like this "Adams was man and woman in man"

    thus there are two thoughts. he was male with a womans and mans personality or he was what is termed today "hermaphrodidic" having not only both sexual parts but both personalities.

    Thus Adam was split by god at his rib and the woman in man was removed to become a seperate enitity.

    Our job through time is to "cleave" back with our "other halfs"

    Thus, some believe thousands of years from now we might return to that from. And the masculine and feminine souls will be one again in one body.

    And it was said by Edgar Cayce, we all re-incarnate (removed from its 300 years presence in christianity by the creation of the Catholic church)..and he said Adam was Melchezidek, Ural, joseph (the old test) Jesus and a few others. This soul split in two. Eve will join him again someday and they will be one again.

    So, there are gay men thinking "maybe that's why I'm gay. The two souls have already joined and I am man and woman in man".

    Not......., the laws dictate you act appropriately until the re-incarnate that allows you both sexes in one body.

    One must not ignore his other half for the wrong half! You mist find the opposite that your soul lacks

    February 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Shalom

    What about the 99.9% of priests that faithfully serve people? Statistically, less than 1% of priests have been accused of pedophilia. I wonder how these statistics stack up against the general population? Or other faiths, for that matter? It's a witch hunt to be sure. It goes without saying that molestation should NEVER happen, but it is certainly not endemic to Catholic priests.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Mark

    Is Elton John gay?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Hail Mary

    Pat Roberson = Bill Donohue = priests = Elton John = Gay= fact

    February 18, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Kevin


    How does not believing in a religion make someone baseless, weak and a transparent excuse for a human being who will fall for anything because he stands for nothing? If two people lead equally positive lives, one in the name of god and one because they felt it was the right way to live, does that make either one weak, transparent or baseless? No, it doesn't. If anything, the one who does it of their own moral code and not because it's the golden ticket to a possible better after life deserves more credit, as it is an selfless life and not based on some after life agenda.

    As far as the business model, if one doesn't believe and hedges their bet, which is what you suggest, and god is what the bible says he is, wouldn't it just see right through that person and judge them based on a life lived in lie?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Lee

    If a Catholic were to make similar comments about say, a Jewish person, we would be called anit-Semetic; or to make this type of comment about some of our Christian leader, we would be told we would not be saved! What are people who slander Catholics called?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Joel

    Why might Elton have called Jesus gay? Well, Jesus was an 33 year old man hanging out with other men in an era and culture in which men were usually married by their early to mid teens. The gospel of John says that one of the apostles would lay his head on Jesus' breast.

    Of course, the New Testament is a religious but not historical document, so one cannot take anything it say seriously, but I can see why someone might see JC as being gay.

    As for being super intelligent, I totally disagree. The mythical Biblical Jesus had more in common with Charles Manson than with Albert Einstein.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  357. http://twitter.com/whybs

    If god/jesus existed, had average intelligence, had no sexual dysfunctions, chances are darn good that s/he is gay!

    Tell me one priest that has not touched him/herself! 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Karen

    This Donohue guy needs to get a life!!! What does he know! I'm a Christian, and I'm not offended by Elton John's statement at all. It's no big deal.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Natan

    Philippians 2:5-10 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  360. Mark in Philadelphia

    The vast majority of postings here on this subject are quite hateful, deplorable, and mean-spirited. The same postings also show profound ignorance and profound lack of understanding about Christianity, the Bible, and who Jesus Christ is.

    Heaven help us!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Nancy Margaret

    I've thought that for a long time. A guy in his 30s, unmarried, hanging out with a bunch of unmarried guys...what would YOU think? Seems like a no-brainer to me.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Janet

    Elton John is a douche.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  363. ulysses

    There is no less evidence that Jesus was gay than that he was the one and only son of god. The idea of a gay Jesus is at least plausible.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Cary

    How ironic. The church gets upset at the thought of Jesus having a wife and family so now they are upset with him being presented as gay. Make up your minds! If you claim he wasn't interested in women then aren't YOU calling him gay? A Rabi of the time would have had a family so you can't have it both ways. FYI to all right wing Christians, if you follow Christ's teachings then what have you done for Haiti? How about the poor in this country? Christ didn't speak out against gays but he was quite vocal about helping the poor and denouncing the money lenders. Aren't most of the right wing leaders the very people he was calling out? While you have your hand on the Bible you might try cracking the cover and reading it. You might be shocked to find Jesus was one of them "Liberals" you can't stand.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Onan

    Michael 2:37pm nailed it!
    'Nuff said.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  366. David


    Most of the "haters" in this country purport to follow Jesus.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  367. dave

    "I think Jesus was gay" – Elton John

    "I'm going to allow situations to happen to Elton that will show him how much I love him, even through his remarks" – Jesus

    February 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Joshua College Station, TX

    And saying someone who is gay is a sexual 'deviant' isn't offensive?

    Religious folks are so hypocritical in their intolerance.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Joel

    February 18th, 2010 2:37 pm ET

    "“More seriously, to call Jesus gay is to label him a sexual deviant."

    That would certainly make him fit right in with the leaders of the Catholic church now... wouldn't it?

    The only thing I don't like about your statement is that I didn't get to make it first!!! Great response! Ironically, I am going to put you on my xmas card list. 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  370. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Doesn't touching oneself make one gay?

    Let's hear your justifications 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  371. brian

    Well lets all look where religion has gotten our planet so far?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Richard

    Of course Christ was and is gay. How else can he represent the marginalized, downtrodden, and socially disenfranchized were he not also a woman, a lesbian, a transgendered, and a cultural minority? Christ as metaphor is love of all things unloved.

    It's the church that weaves hate and perverts Love's teachings. Christians need to evolve consciously and stop embarrassing themselves. This includes many of the commentators below (and probably above): consciously, you remind me of ants–or maybe termites...more virulent in their destruction.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  373. j sanford

    Freedom of speech is not limited to religious groups or to flambouant
    entertainers. Get over it and stop pointing that finger or the boogie man may get you too.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Gail

    After reading all this, one thing Jesus said is brought to mind: He warned that if you choose to be his follower, you will be hated by the World. Here is proof positive.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  375. Lilarose

    I have always believed that Jesus was a gay man.

    He lived a life surrounded by men with a few women who followed him. I don't believe he had a girlfriend or a wife ever.

    He had a personality that I equate with many gay men. I have worked with and been supervised in business by gay men.

    I also believe that many priests in the Roman Catholic faith are gay and that some of them entered the priesthood espressly to prey on boys.

    Bottom line: So what? It is supposed to be Jesus' message that is important. I imagine except for making the Romans mad enough to kill him that he lived a good and decent life.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Lynette

    What Elton John really 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.”

    February 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  377. sarah

    Jesus was not a catholic.......he never belonged to any denomination...the first christians( jews and greeks) were not roman catholics so stop affiliating christianity with rc denomination . the catholic church is guilty of pedophilia and mass murders of the true christians during the dark ages...they are probably worse sinners than elton john...i would expect such a statement from elton john becasue he is lost but from people who call themselves christians who cover up molestation accusation, has drunkards as priests, and has rampant fornication between nuns and priests...............PLEASE!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  378. Ceaser

    If Jesus was gay, does that make Mohammed ultra gay?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  379. Hunter Shields

    Elton John,
    Just becuse you are gay doesn't make everyone else gay. Is your version Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny gay? If so why is there a Mrs. Clause?
    Your Music Sucks and you are a flaming homo-sexual!, which is probably a compliment to you, but to a normal person, it would hurt their feelings,.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Conor

    I was reading thru the comments, and saw that someone thought the catholic's statement was homophobic and racist. I get the homophobic part, but how is that racist. Race wasn't even mentioned, and both the guys who are being quoted are the same race. I love how people always try to make things "Racist" as soon as possible.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  381. David

    If sexual orientation is merely a matter of who one has sex with, as many Catholics believe, then Jesus wasn't straight either.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Edwin

    This is what Elton John wants us to think about Jesus, I guess he is very wrong... Gay people want to push their agenda at all costs, no matter what it takes. Being gay goes against nature, and of course God's will. Two men or two women cannot have children or continue the human race, so this goes against nature. I am happy of all the recent failures that the gay community has had trying to pass their agenda, they will not succeed...

    February 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  383. James Cardinal Hickey

    I went to Catholic University, and the one thing I learned about priests during that stint was...they're primarily gay. Perhaps they should take a look inward before putting down their own kind.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  384. lame duck

    this is Obama's fault

    February 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  385. howard2, Seattle, WA

    The real question is why the press continues to provide a soapbox to entertainers like Elton john, Barbara Streisand to speak on topics they no nothing about. In many cases, they continue to make outrageous comments because they NEED to make sure they are on the front page of People magazine.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  386. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Touching oneself is the ultimate homosexual act. Chances are darn good that Elton John is correct! It's crude but has some truth!

    Tell me one priest that hasn't touched himself. Folks with sexual dysfunction don't count.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Spudgal

    Donohue should educate himself. Being Gay is not classified as a sexual deviant. And in my view, the president of the Catholic League and the Vatican should concentrate on the problems within their Church.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  388. socal frank

    Jesus was a left- wing Sermon on the Mount liberal. He was sentenced to death by Dick Cheney ... er ... I mean Pontius Pilate. Pilate was an official of the Roman Empire, which was the largest right-wing corporation in human history, even bigger than Exxon. Throughout history, the right-wingers have always crucified anyone who stands in their way. These days they don't use a cross and nails, they just hire right-wing parrots to shoot their mouths off daily on the Fox News network. These guys verbally crucify anyone who defies the right-wing empire. Case in point: Barack Obama and his plan to heal the sick and feed the poor.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  389. Arod

    First off to all those who bring the Catholic Church as a whole to clean up their mess before passing judement are ridiculous. Religion is flawed because man is flawed we all fall short of the glory of God. And yes there are their past mistakes and they will have to face the Almighty Judge themselves. But Elton John is an idiot yes Jesus was compassionate but no where close to gay . The perfect lamb of God without blemish. But Christ also stood up before rulers and called them out starting political outrage hence the son of God being crucified. God does love us for who we are but when we obey his word. And this is one is just for Joe the Bible and its timeline is so accurate that historians use it as a reference. Call it what is the "The Word of God"

    February 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Kevin


    Let me clarify. The oldest manuscript was dated at around 125AD. It is believed to be copied from an original document written prior to that. The documents were copied for centuries until the late 400th century AD, It is know that those documents contained numerous scribal errors based on subsequent copies. Also, that leaves open the opportunity for embellishments by subsequent scribes. Religious organizations have been known to do far worse than embellish documents. On top of that, they had already selectively decided which gospels to include and which to exclude, further lending less credibility to the old testament. From 400AD on, the version of the new testament we know today has remained consistent.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Katie

    What a shameful comment from someone who obviously does not have any knowledge of the bible or a relationship with Christ. Sad.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  392. realitybitme

    Few people would have heard the comment if they had not protested it.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  393. Shelly

    OMG, Stacy...your comment is hysterical! Probably true as well.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Guest

    I am a Catholic and disgusted with the way my church has handled the sexual abuse matters around the world. It needs to clean up its own house before it preaches any more about morality to others. I don't want to hear any more homilies about being open to life or singles living a celibate single until the Church has totally cleaned house and accepted responsibility for its lack of action. In my opinion, the leaders of the Church from the Pope on down have been nothing but a bunch of hypocrits. It is very hard for me to have respect for any of the leaders of the Church as I don't believe they have been truly open and honest. I'm okay with Elton John voicing his opinion. He is entitled to share his point of view. It is protected by the Constitution!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  395. susie c

    Wow. These comments are stupid.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  396. ajk68

    The Catholic Church is way ahead of the US! It dealt with health care in its first ecumenical council.

    From Wikipedia: "The First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. urged the church to provide for the poor, sick, widows, and strangers. It ordered the construction of a hospital in every cathedral town."

    February 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  397. Kay

    What an extremely stupid thing for Elton John to say, given the fact that so many famous people have died recently. Maybe he will be next. Not that I wish it upon him, but take care God will not be mocked.

    Once again God's mercy abounds even to those who mock Him repeatedly as Elton John has done throughout his life.

    Here is a true story that I would like to share to all those who think it is funny to mock and tempt God. Over twenty years ago, near my hometown, a man and two friends were boating on a lake on a clear, sunny day. Two of the friends began about God. The third started laughing and making fun of them. He told them he would prove to them once and for all that God did not exist. So he stood up in the boat and yelled, "If God is real, may he strike me dead right now." Well, he got his wish. He was struck by a lightning bolt. Strange as there was no cloud in the sky. This story is very true and was aired on a local tv station and titled, "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."

    The story I just shared with you is in no way a "scare you into believing in God" tactic. I honestly don't care what you believe. But it really shocks me how many of you are praising this man and making a mockey of God. No wonder our children are killing other children, and their parents and etc. It is a sad world we live in.

    And remember, just because you do not believe in God doesn't change the fact that He does exist.

    I pray he has mercy on all of us!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Marc

    Elton has become quite the brick-throwing, obnoxious asshat in his old age. I guess when you've run short of songs to sing and valid things to contribute, you resort to making inflammatory, outrageous statements just to keep your name out there? And if you're a flamboyant, catty attention-whore to begin with, then such things are just second-nature.

    People expect it at this point from some of these self-appointed standard-bearers and "movement" icons...Elton, Rosie, Lambert, etc.

    People like him think everyone's gay. I'm sure Santa Claus, Gandhi, Batman are next in line.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Wayne

    what more could we expect from the Catholic League, other than to label gays as sexual deviants. This is why the catholic church is becoming increasingly irrelevant today and losing followers at an alarming rate.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Shelly

    Jesus WAS gay. No other self respecting Jew at the time & at his age would have been unmarried. I guess gay marriage wasn't legal then either.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  401. Dennis

    You have to appreciate CNN for posting this article. Where else could the wacko God Haters go to post the many reasons America is going South?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  402. stonehouse

    I love Jesus and I love gay people. Glad that Jesus came out of the closet, to Elton John at least...but I missed his coming out in the other media.
    It is hysterical that the Catholic League spoke on this. As if Jesus would care what anyone said about him...

    February 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  403. lame duck

    Bill Donahue= elton John= catholic priests = homosexuals

    February 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  404. stacy

    Jesus gay.... that's an interesting theory.... it actually makes sense now..... that's why they killed him, never married, Peter was his right hand man/boy and was pretty girly looking, talked about his "daddy" way too much, had a loyal hag (Hey Mary) and had a dominating mother and a passive father.
    Catholics should REJOICE in this theory....... especially the priests.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Haywood

    Mike you said just grow the hell up! Well hell is were you are going!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Mark Basnight

    A Catholic is calling someone else a sexual deviant? A CATHOLIC is calling someone else a sexual deviant? A Catholic is calling SOMEONE ELSE a sexual deviant? A Catholic...

    February 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Dan

    I'm not at all surprised that Elton John would be so provocative and and childishly grasp at attention. Most gay men I know are very immature.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  408. spawned

    Zeke – I WAS Going To Make A Comment – Your Honest Unbiased And Accurate Assesment Puts Everybody In Their Place – Well Done!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Lynette

    Crazy how people get worked up over this stuff. I don't see anything inflammatory in this statement. Who says he was speaking "against" Jesus anyway?

    Jesus did not create Christianity or religion. Man did those things all by himself. There is a great beauty in the cultural traditions of every religion and it's a shame that we can't honor them all just for that alone because religion is NOT God and never will be. If it weren't for the great horrors that every religion has afflicted on mankind at one time or another over the centuries, I think God would be very amused at the ridiculous mess humans have created out of what at the core of all religion is a very simple message.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  410. Fresh

    ""But what else would we expect from a man who previously said, 'From my point of view, I would ban religion completely.'"" .... so this entire article is redundant

    February 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  411. mooooooooooo

    Ignorance is bliss to people, the more famous you become the more conceited and larger than life you become...

    February 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  412. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Religions are subjugation of self & others. No more, no less!

    Once upon a time, many believed the 'fact' that the earth is the center of the universe, because we were told so. Imagine the kind of subjugation one, that has a different view, had endured.

    Have we evolved much?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  413. Nick

    The Catholic Church PROTECTS sexual deviants (pedophiles) and covers up horrible, horrible crimes against innocent children.

    And then it turns around and calls a gay man a "immoral, sexual deviant".

    That's the kind of Church that can burn in hell as far as I'm concerned.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Emmanuel J Fantone

    I hope Elton never makes a statement about Mohammed being gay...this outcry and the storm that would come would be nothing
    compared to this one...

    February 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  415. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Tell me one priest who has not touched himself, then I might believe that Jesus wasn't gay! Sexual dysfunction doesn't count.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Paige

    Considering Jesus was the son of God and a perfect sacrifice for the world, He wasn't sexual at all. And it's not like Christians hate people who are gay, we're called to love everyone. We just associate having sexual relations with the same gender an act of lust. But then again, aren't all sins the same? Basically, calling Jesus gay is like calling him an alcoholic or calling him a liar. It's just saying a sinless mad was sinful.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Jes

    Hey JDC,

    I'd rather believe in the "fairytales" of religion then be a baseless, weak and transparent excuse for a human being who will fall for anything because he stands for nothing.
    I'd rather live my life believing in what I believe in, doing good for others, sacrificing myself all in the name of faith, even if I cannot scientifically explain my beliefs or parts of my "fairytale" religion rather than go through life with no foundation or no hope for anything when I die. I pity that you probably live such a pathetic life devoid of any real meaning.
    Even a somewhat intelligent person can look at religion with a business mind-set...What is there to lose if it is all a "fairytale"? Nothing. What is there to lose if it all turns out to be real? Everything and more.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Clivejw

    One thing we do know for certain: Jesus was not a Catholic.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  419. Tom

    This is bush's fault

    February 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Jim Bob

    The Catholic Leaguers believe in Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Earth is flat. Of course Jesus was gay, that's why he committed suicide.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Nancy

    When are these hollywood stars and musicians going to realize that society neither cares about or welcomes their opinions, whether religious or political. They are merely entertainment.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  422. joe

    YAY Mike! I couldn't have said it better myself. It was like you were reading my mind. I would add one thing. The bible was written to keep borderline bad people from getting worse with threats of going to hell. It's all fiction. What blows my mind is that in the 2000 years since the bible was published or whatever, people still haven't grown up enough to laugh at it and call it what it is. Can you imagine still believeing in a god? How insane that is!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  423. http://twitter.com/whybs

    Religions are subjugation of self & others. No more, no less!

    Once upon a time, many believed the 'fact' that the earth is the center of the universe, because we were told do. Imagine the kind of subjugation one, that has a different view, had endured.

    Have we evolved much?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Woody

    None of us living today have any idea what he was . He apparently was a man. Since he did not come from europe. He was most likely also not a white man as portrayed in places of worship.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  425. robert calvosa

    god save the queen

    February 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  426. Just Asking

    LoL @ Harry's comment!

    February 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Richard

    Dear Elton:

    You go girl, keep doing your best to pXXX off the Christian right; it is one heroic task. As for me, I pray to my loving Episcopalian God each night to save me from her rightwingnut bigoted followers.

    God is love.


    February 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  428. Harry

    What is the big deal? I thought everyone knew Jesus was gay.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  429. Rob

    I could care less whether Jesus was gay or straight just as it doesn't matter to me what my neighbor is. The bible never talks about any of that. Leave it to the Catholic Church to open their big yap and comment about this. "Me thinks thou doth protest too much."

    February 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  430. Nancy

    A lot of the world's theologians debate whether Jesus was gay. He didn't marry, at a time when everyone had to get married. One has to wonder why not.

    Meanwhile theologians who think he was not gay focus on his relationship with Mary Magdalene. Some of the gnostic gospels describe how the male apostles would get jealous because he was kissing her all the time.

    Who's right? It doesn't matter.

    Bottom line: he was not a" family values," abstinence-only, heterosexual-marriage kind of man.

    That's a pretty fair-size contradiction that the Church has to drag around with it. No wonder it gets a bit testy when anyone points it out.

    Stepping on a nerve, I guess.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  431. Alex

    Elton John might be an authority on spotting a gay man, but what is his basis for claiming Jesus was "super intelligent"?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  432. Ryan

    GO ELTON!!!!!!

    I'm not a fan of him but he's absolutely right! I mean, c'mon... what's so wrong with being gay? And why would Jesus surround himself with all those men and only two woman? He wore a dress and opted for wine...he believed in healing the sick (republicans hate healthcare), he believed in peace (republicans love war), he believed in helping your neighbor (republicans hate Mexicans)....

    I mean... Jesus was a progressive hippy at the very least. So I doubt he'd have problems with being bi-sexual at least, because he loved everybody and everybody loved him. Well... until they crucified him.

    Then again they crucified Matthew Shepherd... so yup. Jesus must have been gay. 🙂

    February 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  433. john

    Stop wasting what little time you have left. God exists. Hell is real. Eternity is not an option – but where you spend it is.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Klarg

    The only thing worse than paying attention to Elton John is paying attention to William Donohue.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  435. r2ro

    maybe he meant gay as in happy! 😀 jesus was not homosexual gay. like someone said before, let Elton say something about islam like that and see how many riots pop up in England and Europe. the heads would begin rolling...literally.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  436. Michael

    Please excuse the few typos in my post above. Thanks.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  437. Dixiesam

    Vengance is mine says the Lord...but he also sub-contracts

    February 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  438. horf

    If we haven't learned...
    If you make controversial comments like this a big deal, then they are a big deal. Ignore them and they go away. I guess I didn't think Jesus needed defending.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  439. Stephen

    Elton John is HUMAN! And we all know Human's say STUPID STUFF ALL THE TIME. Judge and be Judged.

    The Devil is Alive and Well on the Planet Earth. What side you on?

    February 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  440. Just Asking

    oh and major Kudos to Stephen with the clarification on 'gay'.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  441. Kevin


    and here is the kicker. I was told this is why..

    in the 1930's through the 60's, when a family member was deviant, ugly (as never to obtain spouse), or was just uncontrollable..

    the families used to enroll these kids in seminary to "straighten" them out. As we know now..no one can be "straightened out" unless they want to. That is actually in the bible and is called "free will for man"

    So, they thought they could enroll thieves and homosexuals, and violent people and such in religion school to become priests and nun as this would "straighten them out"

    You see, just becuase they were made into priests ..that didn't change them, because they didn't want to be changed. So alot of priests stole, lied, engaged in sexual or homosexual activity..and pedophelia.

    But I see the gay community will bash the church for what should have been members of thier own "community" forced into service of religeon by thier parents/family. Most of those "priests" were not given choices...threatened will jail, violence..sometime possibly death by family member.
    They were disfunctional and were made to be someone they were not.

    Don't beleive me? just talk to any east coast catholic over 50 that was well involved with the church. the practice was most heavy in the 40's and 50's

    February 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  442. SNAPPA

    Well lets see, a guy 37 years old never known to woman hanging around with 12 other guys sleeping with them eating with them preaching love and compassion sure sounds like he may have been gay. As for being "deviant" I find a "catholic" person labeling gays "deviant" extremely funny. The Catholic League? Is that anything like the legion of doom? He's some fat guy that sits in front of his computer whining about how the catholics have it bad. Just for the sake of argurment how does this guy or anyone else know what christ was really like? The only word we have of him is from people that wrote about him and his followers some 30 years after he died. I thnk Elton John would be more welcome in Jesus cirlcles than this Donaure idiot...

    February 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  443. ls

    Excuse me people but not all Christians are Catholic. The fact of the matter is that Elton called the Lord and Savior to billions of people a "homosexual" which is flat out ridiculous and offensive. If we have to be so sensitive about homosexuality in America why cant people also be sensitive to Christianity? When you degrade our Lord it is offensive. Also, why does him being compassionate and forgiving mean that he's gay?? I know some pretty shallow and begrudging gay men.
    I am sorry that there are some so called "Christians" that have posted and made Christianity as a whole look bad. But true followers of Christ know that persecution of the Church (the body of Christ) and of the name of our Lord is something that will not be stopped until Christ's return. If every true Christian went out and told people of God's love and mercy, this country would be a much better place. But we get caught up in our own lives and dont care about the fate of others. I think what Elton could use most right now is prayer for his salvation.

    February 18, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  444. August

    Why does any Christian find it strange when people attack Jesus Christ. They did so over 2000 years ago and will continue to do so until he returns. What those who are Christian have to realize is that we are seeing the words in scripture come to fruition. Read 1John to Revelation and you will discover that there will be those who are anti-christ. Many will work within the church itself and will be false prophet and teachers. Spreading false doctrine with the goal of causing many to leave their faith. So don't find it so strange when you hear people calling Jesus, "gay" or anything else. Trust me, Jesus can handle the name calling. He dealt with being whipped and a crucifixion already and came out victorious. I'm sure he'll survive this little episode.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  445. Michael

    I'm Catholic and no fan of Bill Donahue. He comes as an abrasive and angry man and is not a good spokesperson for the Faith. Calling gays sexual deviants was wrong and uncalled for.

    That being said, I've been blown away recently when reading these blogs whenever they do a story about the Church. I had no idea so many people hold me and my beliefs in such contempt. I mean no one has ever said these things to my face. It's been kind of a wake up call.

    After reading these, posts I have a couple things I need to say. First, with regards to the sexual abuse scandal, please check your facts. The statics are readily available through a quick google search. A priest was never anymore likely to abuse a child and than any other profession who works with children. Now with the safeguards in place, sexual abuse in the Church is virtually non-existent. I'm in no way defending the abusers or how the scandal was covered up–that is inexcusable. What else is inexcusable is how some people, including many on this board, seem to derive pleasure from rubbing it in innocent peoples faces.

    Secondly, with regards to any scandal such as abuse, crusades, sale of indulgences, inquisition, it is important to remember that no scandal has ever befallen the church as a result of people following it's teachings. It has one happened when we (including popes and bishops) have strayed from its truths.

    Thirdly, recently it has become very apparent to me that the liberal camp is far more angry, hateful, and bigoted than the conservative camp. I'm not conservative and am certainly no republican, but I've never seen the kind of hate in their forums as what spewed here and other liberal forums. Oh sure, I see a lot of caricatures of conservatives being hateful bigots, but never actually in real life. Where it not for this, I would probably be a pro-life democrat. As it is, I don't really have a home in the current political landscape.

    Finally, to my fellow Catholics. Don't let what these people say anger you or even upset you. Take heart that they are just fulfilling the Lord's prophesy when he said that the world will hate you because of him. But when the world hates you, remember that it hated him first.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  446. patsy

    M. MacAdams: Prove to me there is a divine Jesus and I will accept your comment. There is no proof of religion, only faith. And if you have to believe in Jesus Christ to get into heaven, what about all the non-christians who believe in someone else? Their religion is just as strong to them as yours is to you – and there is the same amount of proof for any of them. More sadness, conflict, mayhem and death has come about from organized religion than anything good.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  447. Dory

    where in the bible does Jesus say any thing about homosexuality?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  448. Just Asking

    Why would you "DARE" anyone to say anything negative about Mohammed or any other character in religion?..... OK, now moving on to my real question....does Jesus even have a sexual orientation to begin with?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  449. Roland

    As a recovering Catholic ( Actually Catholics never recover ), Religion isn't bad, only the people and organizations that profit from it are. For instance, Catholics. Also, as a "free" society, I thought it was OK to express your opinion. Lets not forget that organized religion has been at the core of the cause and motivation for most of the wars in the last 2000 years.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  450. Stephen

    the word 'gay' in Old English means 'happy'. So he could be just saying Jesus was a happy man. NOT a homosexual. Gay does not equal homosexual. Just recently in this new age does it all of a sudden now mean homosexual. So, get over it!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  451. Dorothy

    Hmm ... The Catholic League says Jesus was not gay, and the extreme fundamentalist Protestants are against the Catholic Church – so either people like Pat Robertson are going to have to admit that a Catholic group is (Gasp!) right, or agree with Elton John. Oh, Dear!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  452. ToughLove

    Kevin DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. The New Testament was NOT written centuries after Christ! That's down-right laughable. You can only believe that if you've NEVER read the NT. Just couldn't let that post go by lest uninformed readers actually believe it.

    And God is mean?...Ignorance again. Opinions on weighty matters without serious investment to understand the topic is worse than stupid.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  453. kathy

    famous people can not keep their mouth shut.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  454. jmz

    "TW February 18th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

    Has anyone noticed that the people who are so upset about Elton's comments are the same people who say Muslims need to "get over" the whole making-fun-of-Mohammed thing?"

    Uhhh nice try kiddo,however, there is a BIG hole in yer theory. See when the cartoons a mohammed came out, the peace loving muslims wanted to KILL and decapitate thoes involved. in fact everytime someone makes fun of mohammed that is their recourse,..,kill kill kill, blow themselves up and kill some more. catholics just said it wasnt funny..do you see the difference? tell you what. draw and post on the web with yer name and addy a picture of gay jesus, and gay mohommed? i bet you will find out the difference real quick.,.,.,,.,.just sayin

    February 18, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  455. Aaron

    Yeah, well if I were a celebrity and I talked trash about the Prophet Muhammad, I would get death threats, scolded, called out, boycotted and scorned as intolerant. People can say anything they want about Jesus, but not about other religious figures. Sounds like reverse discrimination to me. I guess we are just lucky that Christians control the world.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  456. maine liberal

    22 Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.
    23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
    24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.
    25 He then lying on Jesus' breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  457. MIchael

    As mentioned before my comment, what would you expect from a life long gay man that thinks it is completely appropriate to lay Adam and Steve together. The world is a great place it's just the people that live in it. That goes for gays, sexually oppressed clergymen of the church and any other sexual predator lurking around. It's people like you that put uncertaincy in young children and unstable adults. You people are really sad.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  458. Ericinsandiego

    Oh Jesus.....

    February 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  459. Dennis

    I find it interesting that so many people feel compelled to defend Elton John's right to express his views by denying the right of Catholics to express an opposing viewpoint. Very unfortunate that popularity is more important than principles for so many.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  460. socal frank

    What do you suppose the fabulously reverend Ted Haggard has to say about all this ??

    February 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  461. tim

    God loves the sinners, but not the sin. He allows his creation freedom, but does have standards.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  462. A

    Ok, This is totally bogus. One thing : what is the issue? if elton believes this, he believes this. god shouldnt be labeled gay OR straight. right?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  463. Calvin

    His judgement day is coming and this remark will not be forgotten.
    When you are at deaths door step remember to call upon Jesus.
    Life is short and we are accountable.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  464. Dave

    Christians are the ultimate hate group.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  465. Gary

    The Catholic Church is gasping it's last breath!! THANK GOODNESS!
    What hypocrites!! No wonder the younger generation has no interest in their "MAN MADE RELIGION." We are all Spiritual Beings and most are truly becoming aware... finally. GOD must be very happy about that!!
    You go Elton!! Stir it up and continue saying what you feel. It's your God given right!! That's what we all need to be doing.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  466. 815

    Who cares what Elton John thinks? He also thinks Lady Gaga is some major talent. Needed his name in the news I guess.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  467. JJ

    This is nothing new! There have been many theories about Jesus, including a play off broadway in which Jesus was portrayed as gay. Whether he was gay or not I do believe he would be in support of all the people who are persecuted and cast out of society, you would not find Jesus at A list flicks doing on handed flips on the red carpet.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  468. Kay

    I like what Ken said – can the church prove he wasn't gay? Besides who cares anyway – do you think Jesus, if he is alive and in hevan, cares what Elton John says? Or perhaps he is more interested in what are deeds are? Hmm?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  469. nate1988

    Catholics: Thank you for calling confirming that the Kettle is Black...

    February 18, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  470. eutycus

    When God changes His mind about homsexuality, I'll change mine. There's got to be a reason He hates homosexuality, but not the person. Ya think!?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  471. Anthony

    The point behind the person asking if the church could prove that Jesus wasn't gay was to point out the faulty logic of many people who choose to believe or to "have faith" in a god. They constantly tell freethinkers to "prove that god does not exist" which isn't really possible. You can't fully disprove a negative. So, to say "prove Jesus wasn't gay" turns the logic back around on them. The people who have now answered and asked if the commenter could "prove he WAS gay" are now using the better type of logic that they should be using when dealing with the question of whether god even exists. So much fuss over a character in an old book is humorous. Zeus was GAY!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  472. Praetorian

    For anyone wanting to see 'Pope' Bill Donahue in all his glory, check out the 'Crimson' (Fantastic Easter Special) episode on southparkstudios.com...Hilarious!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  473. Bill

    I Corinthians 6:9 "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders..." You may not agree with what the Bible says but contrary to what some here have said God's position on the matter is very clear.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  474. Clark

    Gay, straight, he's not real. Like the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and the boogeyman.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  475. Linda M

    I say don't worry about what Elton said at all. He can just wait until judgement day and then tell Jesus how he "really feels". Not to worry.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  476. Indiana Pagan

    How do you know that Real Jesus, the man who actually lived as opposed to Fictional Jesus in the Christian Bible, how do you know that man wasn't gay? For that matter, how do you know he wasn't bisexual? News flash: gays, lesbians, and us bisexuals are not inventions of hedonistic twentieth- and twenty-first century life; we've been around a very long time.

    The sooner Christians wake up and accept that their holy book is a scary little fairy tale, the better off the whole world will be.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  477. Louis E.

    Jesus is portrayed as not sexually active.The polite thing to do is to assume he was celibate,not that his resistance to women meant he preferred men.I am neither Christian nor in any way supportive of same-sex sex (or even of the use of "gay" to mean homosexual).We all start out celibate...if Catholic priests have the courage of their convictions,that does not mean they are homosexuals,though as we know some have been exposed as such (and as oathbreakers).Elton John doesn't want to hear his lifestyle choices criticized,and wants no critic assumed to be sincere.Donohue wants no critic of Catholicism respected.Hence,headlines.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  478. Joe

    What does it matter?
    God, Jesus, the Bible is all one big fairy tale. A story written by men, to control the masses, and to give humans a reason to believe that there is more than this hell on earth we call life.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  479. Kevin

    How do we know he wasn't gay? The bible was written a couple centuries after he lived, and represented the ideals at the time it was written, which had drastically changed since he had been alive. Jesus lived in a time when there was a much different view of sex in general. At the time, it was quite common for people to have relations with their own sex. People, especially leaders of the time, often had sexual relations with people of both sexes. To say he wasn't gay, or for that matter that he was, is to say that you know a man whom the only information we have on his life consists of a book written well, well after he actually set foot on the earth, assuming he even did. The bible amounts to a "fish that got away" story. The more time that transpires, the more impressive that fish becomes. I do believe he walked the earth, but was just someone who was a good person and his deeds were embellished via word of mouth tails past down from generation to generation. Remember the old game grapevine? How often did the original message actually make it all the way correctly? Now, multiply that exponentially because you are dealing with a lot more information and time.

    Also, why do people say god is great? Have any of those people actually read the old testament? God was down right mean, vengeful and wrathful, all things that supposedly go against the word of god. That's not something I would want to put my faith in. But, luckily, I stopped believing in fairy tales at about five years old.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  480. Henry McClain

    @Michael McCLain

    One might ask the same question of Californian homosexuals and their obsession with Catholics and Mormons. Just people expressing their opinions at the ballot box.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  481. ToughLove

    Jesus taught unconditional love, NOT moral lawlessness. He taught against sexual sin...including sex outside the confines of marriage. Either accept His teachings or reject them, but don't make Him something He isn't: a charicature of social relativism that fits the homosexual agenda–or any other agenda, for that matter.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  482. Kembirly

    Best post in the entire thread:

    There is a lot of ignoramus jibberish being spouted about this story. For Rhonda, Michelle and so many others that twist The Bible to their own needs, God loves all human beings, and by the way, not everyone is a child of God. To be a child of God, you have to call him father, so let's be clear about that. We are all creatures of God, but are not all his children. God hates sin, but loves the sinner. And Ken, you show your ignorance of the Word of God by wanting proof about whether Jesus was gay or not. Well if you instructed yourself on the subject, you would find that for God, homosexuality is a sin and he says so in the Bible. Jesus is God incarnate, and as the Bible says, there is no sin in God. Please, people it's OK not to believe in God, he doesn't force you to; but don't speak about something you know nothing about. And Elton John is just an ignoramus as you are, angry because his lifestyle, which he has a right to live, is in sin he will burn in the lake of fire and brimstone if he does not repent and seek God.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  483. Jon

    The Church (any church) cannot prove that he wasn't gay just as much as they can prove that God doesn't exist or the Loch Ness monster does not exist. Theologians are experts at nothing.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  484. fred

    ok mohamad was gay

    February 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  485. David C

    There is no proof Jesus ever had sex of any kind so how can this question be proved? Just another way of an old man wanting his name in the paper cause he wasted all his money on crap

    February 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  486. Jack Friedman

    I love every one of you. I love you folks who think you are "gay" or "homosexual." I sincerely pray that you reconsider the lies you have been told by your teachers, parents, doctors, political leaders, and friends. Medical science, psychology, nature, history, and common sense work together to support the fact that no so-called "gay" or "homosexual" human exists in nature, never has, and never will. This notion that someone "is" homosexual is a lie – a ruse – that has been promoted by those who wish to rationalize wrong and tragic behavior into something normal and acceptable. The true tragedy is that many of my friends have bought into this lie. Instead of seeking forgiveness and restoration, they are being told by leaders that "it's ok" and "normal" to behave this way. Their lives continue to degenerate into a living hell. Their whole existence becomes one of coping with their behavior, and rationalizing why God would have created them "gay." How tragic! Who would even want to know a God who somehow made someone to be homosexual? The truth is, He didn't. This is the work of man, and fallen culture, not the work of God. God is love. True love. Powerful love. His grace is sufficient for every sin, and His forgiveness total and complete. His power is more than strong enough to deliver every human from every sin. He created man and woman for each other. Nature supports this. True medical science supports this. Sinful and untrue men may fight the truth, but one day everyone will have to reckon with the truth. Eternity is not that far away. I love all of you. God loves every one of you. So much, in fact, that He sent His only Son, to die in our place. We all deserve death because of our sin. Yes, I do, just as you do. But the blood of Jesus is more than enough to cleanse us from every sin and make a clean heart. All it takes is faith. Choose to believe today, and be free! I love you. God loves you.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  487. egm

    Thank you, Michael McClain for leading things off. You are so very, very right. I believe that God is the figment of one's imagination. Believe in whatever God you want....or not.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  488. Papa C

    ...amazing...people getting so worked up over mythology.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  489. Dr Matrix

    I wonder how all the people who are offended by Elton John's remark flet about the Danish cartoon that offended the Muslims. I'm betting they were saying shut up to the Muslims. Try reading The Gnostic Gospels by Elain Pagels and see how the church called people who tried to live their lives by Jesus' teaching heretics. It's no wonder everyone hates everyone these days, and organized religions have had a lot to do with that. So much for the good.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  490. RhettButler

    @Teresa–Ok, I'll bite, I think that it's entirely possible that Mohammad was gay. The Islamic culture is so homophobic, it had to come from somewhere. And Jesus could have been gay too. I know that some will find this offensive. If you are offended, please ask yourself this question: Why would you possibly care what a stranger said on a web site? Don't you have better things to do? And so it is with Sir Elton, who really cares what he thinks about Jesus? The story here isn't what he said, it's that anybody take the time bother over it.

    And yes, I do recognize the irony in writing this post.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  491. Karl

    Mike (February 18th, 2010 3:22 pm ET) rocks.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  492. jeff

    If Jesus were here today, he'd be committed to Bellevue

    February 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  493. NobodyhatesAustria

    Everyone seems to hate the Catholic Church lately, like any of the others are better. As I always say, "being Catholic is like being American, everyone hates the wealthiest and most powerful of any group". "I mean, does anyone really hate Austria?".

    February 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  494. jimboe

    Right on Rhonda. You speak the truth.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  495. Bull

    It seems that people just find Christianity to be an easy religion to pick on. If you had any real balls, you would call Mohhamed gay.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  496. bobbie

    The catholic church has NO business criticizing John's remarks... as they are all guilty of believing in, and demanding allegiance to, a fairy tale. Not to mention their penchant for homosexual pedophilia.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  497. TN

    Our Father,
    Who art in heaven,
    hallowed be Thy name;
    Thy kingdom come;
    Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread;
    and forgive us our trespasses
    as we forgive those who trespass against us;
    and lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil. Amen.
    Just look within yourself, who possesses the intelligence that is passed on from above, you will find the truth

    February 18, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  498. mark

    Seems the more negative press Jesus Christ gets, the more people are choosing sides. Whether the Catholic Church is "really" God's official spokespeople or not..or whether Jesus was truly a gay man...I say, lift up His name, let people choose who to follow. Either Christ is God's Son or He's not...what say you?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  499. Ann

    Elton who?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  500. Chris

    Apparently, the only thing the Catholic Church is good for is molesting little boys

    February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  501. cheddar

    Sir Elton John is the man!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  502. Mike

    As a straight catholic man, I think the catholic church has just gone completely mad! If Jesus was gay, big deal. If he wasn't, big deal. But c'mon anyone that just hangs out with 12 other guys and a "lady of the night" must raise a few eyebrows!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  503. Lanette

    Elton is pathetic for making that statement...

    February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  504. Clay

    What thinking person gives a flip about what the catholic church has to say about anything? The church is a holdover from the Dark Ages that has no relevance in the modern world. The hatred displayed by some of the christians on this board is yet another example of the societal harm caused by religion.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  505. Lauren

    A) catholic church does NOT represent the whole body of Christ, the protestants are still here you know.

    B) if a christian said something to this nature in reverse, forget it every civil rights group known to man would find something wrong with it, even it if it was meant as a compliment.

    Love that double standard

    C) i'd be interested to see what sir elton is basing this off of, and i mean that quite seriously. I would like to hear what he is basing this view on to see if its based in scripture or tradition or just self.

    d) church groups do plenty of good with the money they have but dont have publicists to make sure the world knows about it...its called humility. I think Jesus taught that somewhere-thank God hollywood has caught on to that one

    February 18, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  506. busterbluth

    The rest of the quotation sounds pretty good:

    “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."

    February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  507. Jehtro

    It is wrong to confuse religion with Christ or God. Religion is man (or woman) made; it is man searching for a god. Christianity, on the other hand, is humans following the teachings of Christ. And, each one of us, whether we believe it or not, will give account to Christ. Therefore, we should be careful to control our tongue and seek guidance in the Word of Christ. Furthermore, we should be mindful that Christ does not impose His teachings or will on anyone. All are free to accept Him or reject Him. In fact, He told His disciples to shake the dust off their sandals in homes that they were not accepted. Nonetheless, our choices have consequences. The bible rejects unnatural behaviors. Redemption, however, is always possible. We can see redemption in Paul, a persecutor of the Church and later one of Christ greatest messenger. So, change and acceptance of Christ is always possible.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  508. Brian Gardner

    Should we remind the Catholic League of Mark 14:51-52?

    When they came to take Jesus, there was a young boy wearing only a lenin cloth. When Jesus was taken, the boy left the cloth and ran away naked.

    Sounds pretty gay to me...why was a young naked boy with Jesus and the disciples??

    And I think it's funny he calls Eltion John a sexual deviant...a lot of people in this nation have fetishes and have had some sort of sex that would be considered deviant by this man.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  509. Juanita

    OOOOOHHHHH HELL YES!!!!!. Sir Elton John is so Very Right! RELIGION = EMBEZZELMENT...

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  510. Who

    who is moderating these comments in favor of evil and Satan ?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  511. Robert in Texas

    I agree. Organized religion is the root of all evil in this world.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  512. Americana 78

    The Catholic League, which is ONE person, does not speak for Catholics as a whole– so lay off the Church please.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  513. Jim Hall

    Now lets bring out some of those catholic secrets. The vatican has locked away in one of its room the largest collection of EROTIC items kind of interesting. Makes one wonder what kind of other things they are hideing. We already know CHILD MOLESTATION. Now lets get on with this subject IT WAS THE HOLY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH THAT TOOK CHRIST OUT AND KILLED HIM. It is the catholic church and other religious fanatic churches that is always sticking it noses in governmental affairs. Now this is a good one. Our savior or whatever made us did not preach under gold domed cathedrals he spoke out in the open under the stars. That money building those gold domed churches could be put to better use helping the elderly pay their bills, the disabled, the homeless, and the list goes on and on. Churches all of them should be TAXED as they are nothing but big corporations. I could go on for days about the sins of the catholic church and the other religious fanatics running loose in this country but enough is enough Jim Hall Kansas City, Missouri.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  514. GMK

    Before you speak about transgressions of the Church, think of all the people who never were in the limelight especially some rich artist folk or camp councillors and many other weak people who also happened to join the Church (but should not have) who over the centuries have hurt quite a lot of children, and what about before the Church? Sparta? By the way is Sparta a huge Metropolis? I would like to add that the Church in itself considers that kind of behaviour immoral, that in many dark times the Men and Women of the Church (Priests, Monks, Nuns) were the carriers of literacy, preservers of ancient books, teachers of reading, writing and understanding. Oftentimes they were also martyrs that were crucified, eaten by wild animals in colosseums, beaten or stoned to death and others. So please don't do this to their memory.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  515. Who

    Jesus is Lord God, therefore, wrote the rules on this subject – and guess what, its not favorable to the gays

    February 18, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  516. It's Me

    Donohoe is a hypocritical, hystrionic lout. Ignore the troll and move on.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  517. Manna-Tee

    Shame on all of you for spending so much time commenting on such celebrity clap-trap. Shame on the Catholic church for reading CNN. Shame on me for mindlessly surfing the net when I should be doing my taxes.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  518. Jess

    Ignorant Christians like William Donohue are just some of the reasons that I am an Atheist. The fact that he is still using an ignorant term such as sexual deviant to describe homosexuals makes me even happier to be an Atheist. As for Ronald and the other narrow-minded people that think that because I don't believe in God, I worship Satan....that just proves how ignorant you really are. If someone does not believe in God that means they don't believe in Satan either. An Atheist has no religious beliefs. I don't need false hope to get me through life. And yes...I did use the term ignorant so many times for a reason....

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  519. Barbara M.

    Neither Catholics nor other Christians "own" Jesus. The Jews don't even own him, though he was Jewish and it was Jews, with the possible exception of the author of the Gospel of Luke, who wrote the New Testament–

    The only thing that the Catholics and Christians own is their particular interpretations of Jesus and his life, worth no more or less than anyone else's interpretations.

    Let the Pope talk to the Catholics, the Protestant clergy to their flocks, and Elton to those of us who appreciate a laugh.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  520. Sir Knight Byron

    Jesus is Lord God, therefore, wrote the rules on this subject – and guess what, its not favorable to the gays

    February 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  521. jmz

    Im athiest, but it seems like it is not only accepted to make fun of and trash cristians and catholics, but encouraged. if we were to do the same with other religions which has its own share of bad history as well, we would be chastised as 'insensitive' Personally i think all religions deserver ridicule and respect. by that i mean if your going to do to one do it to the rest to. but like Donna said, people wouldnt dare do it to muslim, jews or any other religions

    February 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  522. hardluck

    where is rosie odonell and geafralo to attack this Junkie/ religious limited has been.Oh I forgot they only exist on the right wing.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  523. melanie

    Does anyone really think Elton John did not make that statement with full knowledge of the controversies it would start up? For a guy who "hates" celebrity he sure seems to crave it-what's up Elton, no stupid award show to drag you into the spotlight? Yuck.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  524. Brandon

    Who cares, he has the right to say it. The sad thing is that this league of catholics are trying to pick a fight. Do you really have to defend jesus. If you do you have already failed. I am not a christian however this is ridiculous. There is very little proof to make his point valid or unvalid. A book full of lies is something im supposed to get the truth from. So I can say jesus was black...and truly believe it. Only white people labled jesus as white in the most unwhite part of the world. Holds true even today in a diverse region.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  525. jeff

    God-Religion, the absolute worst invention of man. Is it safe to call most Priests sexual deviants?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  526. Jesus

    My Brothers and Sisters, please try and be kind to one another.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  527. Tracy


    Good thing Elton can go to Jesus and ask forgiveness, instead of someone like you. You spewed enough self-righteous hatred to fill the Red Sea. Maybe you should take another pass at the Bible? Try putting on your reading glasses this time, okay? Since you're fond of Leviticus, why don't you enjoy a shrimp cocktail while you're reading?

    I personally believe that God is above such petty HUMAN emotions such as jealousy.

    Folks, some of you missed that Elton John expressed his OPINION. He didn't state it as fact, just what he thinks personally. And, as far as I know, it was his right to do that...whether he's historically accurate or not. Just as it is anyone's right to agree or disagree with him.

    Like another commenter pointed out: The church should be very concerned with the fact that the majority of this thread is against them. The commonality I read–once you weeded out the nutcases on both sides of the argument, is that most people are sick of the hypocritical, self-serving presentation of the church. You all really need to take a look at that. You are no longer inspiring the flock, you are driving them away. THAT is where your concern should be.

    And you know what? I wish Jesus was alive today. He'd settle this once and for all! I'm sure He can't be happy about all the BS that is being carried out in His name.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  528. Steele

    Folks Dont Fall For Elton Johns Publicity Stunt, He Knows What Hes Doing, All He Wants To Do Is Create Controversy For Publicity, His Star Is Dimming And Elton Hasnt Been Booked For A Concert For A While So Its Obvious He Has Alot Of Time On His Hands, Ignore Him , Thatll Hurt Him More!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  529. BJ

    I'm a Brit and to a large number of us, Elton John is a joke, he always has been. Remember his 1986 heterosexual 'marriage' to a German woman named Renata? All done for show. He wasn't honest enough to come clean about his sexuality then, so why take him seriously now.

    Just because he's a celebrity, it does not make him any wiser than any of us.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  530. socal frank

    Well let's see. Jesus never married. He had no girlfriend. He walked around wearing only a robe, followed by twelve men who loved him. He preached peace and asked us to feed the poor and heal the sick. By the standards of the right wing, he was definitely gay. Oh, and he was a dark-skinned African! And Jewish as well! Oy Vey!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  531. Francisco Cardenas

    "Donohue added. “More seriously, to call Jesus gay is to label him a sexual deviant."
    ... and sexual deviant is something the Catholic church knows all about. Who cares if Jesus was gay or not? ... and why not?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  532. lieNoMore

    Who would know if Jesus was gay or straight and why would it matter?? Most of the Abrahamic religions are certainly homosocial and if Jesus was a human being there is certainly a chance he was something that somebody else is not.

    What makes me laugh is all the jerks who jump up and down scream there is no way Jesus could have been this or that since Jesus must be like some majority. My guess is that if Jesus is half of what most religionists spew he would be so unlike any of them they would want to kill him... Sound familiar?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  533. les

    since when is being gay mean your a deviant

    February 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  534. Jimbo

    Amen, Donna, let's hear Sir Elton try his trendy offending of mohammed. If Elton and Madonna and the likes are so anti-established-religion and so creatively brave, let's hear them even CONSIDER saying that about mohammed. The Catholic Church has long been a lightning rod for those phony showbiz types, but the fact it's an easy target makes for a really boring reference by these plastic zombies. I love how these self-righteous, bored, pampered artists sit atop their mountains of money and give us common folk their versions of a pep talk.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  535. dave

    For those bashing the Catholic church saying they are irrevelant. New study out today says they had an increase of 1.5% last year. That is statistically huge. Religion is gaining ground at the same time that the opposition is becoming more strident.

    and I am not even Catholic! But there are a lot of great Catholic folks out there! The Catholic religion though deficient in some ways (abuse reaction etc)...has created a lot of good in the world.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  536. Bob

    Religon does many good things for people. I don't like pretenders and don't pretend myself. I don't pretend to know what happens to me when I die. I've never met a person who died and came back and told me there was something there and nobody else has. Did I mention that Relidon does many bad things for people.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  537. Steve

    Perhaps he was using a not-so-long-ago definition of 'gay' as 'happy'. Remember when to be gay was to be happy? You do... you don't. Well, so be it. I wonder if Jesus was happy.. In any case, I second Elton on the negative review of religion. It was fine when it taught people basic rules of civilized living. I still believe in any religion that goes no further than the Golden Rule: Do Unto Others as you would have them Do Unto You. But beyond that point they all wander into a lot of hopeless crap. Walk into any modern fundamentalist church, whether it is here in America or a madrassa in any Islamic country, and you will get the picture.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  538. fahim mohammadi

    we are right to ban you completely
    sincerly yours

    February 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  539. cindy

    Donna – he wouldn't need to make that statement about Mohammad because we all know Mohammad was child rapist not a gay man. The old dirty creep married a young girl that was either 11-15 years old. That is sick.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  540. cy

    listen you idiots, do you think the catholic church knowingly admits sexual deviants? you are all dumbassess

    February 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  541. Lucifer

    I'm loving this! I feel...refreshed.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  542. Mobius

    It's so amazing to see how many people still believe in an invisible man in the sky. That's so weak.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  543. guest

    God loves us all and if you believe on Jesus you must believe His word (the bible). The bible clearly states God's position on homosexuality in the old and new testament. There is no scriptural reference indicating that He changed His mind. Yes, God is love and He loves us all but despises our sin, whether it is homosexuality or adultery. We all shall be judged regardless of our denomination. The gay statement about Jesus is very troubling to say the least. However its because God is love and He loves us, is why Mr. Elton John still alive and has time to repent. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  544. nazario a. gonzales

    Is Elton John really happy? He has won the world's adoration for his music, but is he really happy? I don't think so. Maybe some night when he is facing the end of life he will call upon Jesus to rescue him from his loneliness.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  545. ajk68

    "From what I have been taught, and read and understand, Jesus was asexual – neither straight nor gay nor bi."

    Jesus was not asexual. Jesus had a perfect human nature – sharing in the experience of human sexuality which is part of human nature. He lived a celibate and chaste male sexuality. This is much different than being asexual. Human sexuality cannot be reduced to biology or the mere performance of sexual acts. It is a much richer experience than that!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  546. Kevin

    It's pretty simple, no matter what your condition is, if you choose the path of enlightenment and brotherly love and love for your god and yourself..that is all that is needed to pass to the positive plane (aka heaven). If you worship the crotch (as many seem to indicate they do in this comment section) or materialism and think that the ONLY thing that defines you is sexuality, then you are a joke (straight or gay, mentally retarded or autisticly gay...like Elton) and you you pass to the negative plane (aka hell and pain).

    ..and all could be told whom never read the bible, there were women with him too! quit getting your religion from chat rooms!

    But Jesus said he would get us through the season of darkness..
    Turns out that season actually started about 12000 years ago...and ends december 2012. it is the end and the beginning...he mentioned that too.

    the beginning would be the next season of light. Hatefull people will self destruct. Right now it's easy to be negative and it has been hard to be nice, that will flip.

    Go ahead and embrace the crotch and see where it gets you.
    ..oh and the artistic and creative types that don't follow the laws of one will be the first to suffer! not that I'm quoting god. I found out what is going to happen...and those whom don't pay attention to the bible+math+science will be shocked!

    I'm guessing your the NON-religeon posts. Get back to work and stop making my entertainment dollar more expensive.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  547. Eric

    A few quick thoughts:

    1. To say that something is morally wrong is not necessarily hateful. I wouldn't say that people here advocating against pedophilia are "hateful." To say that homosexuality is wrong isn't necessarily hateful (although sadly it often ends up being said that way).

    2. Several folks have noted that the world would be better off if religion was banned. Well, there was USSR that tried that and China today. How's were the human rights in those places - to be honest, Stalin took out more of his own citizens in 2 decades than Christians and Muslims have in 2 Millennia.

    If you believe in a religion – be polite. If you don't believe in a religion – be polite. If you are straight – be polite. If you are gay – be polite. And don't try to blame all the world's evil on the people who are in the groups you aren't in.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  548. Alex

    Not a fan of EJ'smusic at all, but have to love what he had to say.

    The fairy tale of religion is the basis for all hatred, evil and genocide.

    Our planet would have much more of an accepting and peaceful society without all of these idiotic reglious ideals and the zealots who try and shove them down your throat.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  549. Gidgit

    C'mon, he surrounded himself with 12 men and only one woman. Every gay man needs a trusty female sidekick.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  550. Kelly Ross

    To: Sir Elton John.I grew up listening to your music and defending you and your lifestyle as "your own business" but now that you've spoken about our Lord and Savior in a disgusting sort of way, you make me sick. I am no longer one of your oldest fans, I no longer accept or support you in anyway ,shape or form. Elton, you just gave the biggest "blow job" of your life....good luck mary!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  551. Cillian1977

    I think Elton just wants attention. He doesn't want other gays in the news like Alexander McQueen to have all the attention so he says stupid things so we can focus on him.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  552. See you at the fish fry?

    First off, at least in this part of the world (the great U.S. of A.), there's this thing called free speech, which allows all of us to come on here and anonymously post. Great, isn't it? So, let's let Elton say what he wants. Good for him. And let's let Donohue say what he wants.

    However, let's not be so quick to place all Catholics in the category of bigots or all priests in the category as homo-erotic philanderers. If you've got beef with Donohue, so be it. But he doesn't speak for all Catholics. If you've got beef with Catholics in general, you're probably just as big a bigot as you claim we are and can avoid us altogether. This of course means many hospitals, should you get hurt/sick, are no longer an option for you; your kids can't attend several great schools and academic institutions (I don't even have to know where you live to know if you're in a mid-sized town or larger you probably have a Catholic school out-performing, despite the lower paid teachers and lack of your tax dollars' funding, the public school across the street, serving the same demographics); and if you get down on your luck, you can look for one of those secular-run food pantries (you can try one of those other Christian pantries, but you probably won't like them much either).

    A no good Catholic

    February 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  553. Terri

    I finally get to ask the question that has puzzled me for years. Can someone please tell me where did God come from? I'm serious. I have done extensive studying on religion and that is the one thing I have never seen an answer to. I am not anti-christian...just like to be informed.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  554. Scott

    Do people really have nothing else to do than just sit around and wait for others to make a comment that they find offensive. Earlier this week, Sarah Palin spoke out against Fox for Family Guy's take on down syndrome and the possible connection to her son. Perhaps she doesn't really watch tv much but it seems to me that there have been plenty of other 'insults' tossed her way that are much more worthy of speaking out about. As for religion and the church, they, too, are no stranger to unquestionable actions and 'offensive' remarks. What people need to realize is that maybe what is being said isn't meant to be harmful, but merely to make a point that even the high and mighty have faults, or in Family Guy's case, making down syndrome the topic of conversation. Webster defines gay as "happily excited", " merry", " bright", and "lively", but of course the church automatically chooses to recognize the last definition "homosexual."

    February 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  555. dave

    Eltons comments were outrageous and shows how out of touch he is with the "way things really are".

    Jesus would have been kind, considerate and loving....just like with the woman taken in adultery...but he also would have said "go, and sin no more"

    February 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  556. Whatever I say about people is true

    Elton John is super-intelligent, straight man and we should all follow his lead and be compassionate people.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  557. Win

    An interesting point was made earlier then quickly ignored. The word "homosexual" was invented about 100 years ago to describe an identity, not any particular sexual act. "Gay" has just evolved to be slang for homosexual/homosexuality. Any bible that uses the word "homosexual" is, by definition, a mis-translation of the original writings. The concept of homosexuality as a sexual identity simply was not recognized or understood 2000 years ago. To say today, for example, that. "homosexualtiy is an abomination" because the bible says so is simply intellectual dishonesty. Of course, religion and intellectual honesty are hardly a match made in heaven.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  558. BOBBY

    I totally agree with Elton..I would ban all religion completely. They are very self serving businesses
    (yes they are businesses..tax free some of them too!)! who in most cases are very hypocritcal to the true love of God and are in some cases totally immoral (ie the catholic church). One does not need religion to believe in God. God is beyond and above our man made religions. His love is universal. Hasn't religion in some form or other been responsible for countless wars and other sad and monstrous acts in our history. You only have to look at terrorism today it is based on a distorted view of the religion of Islam. We would all be much better off if we just loved God and one another as He intended..and by the way maybe Jesus was gay..so what? Do you really think gays are deviants..I'm afraid that makes you sick, not them. Gays and lesbians are capable of love and compassion just like the rest of the worlds' people.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  559. Cindy

    TEAM ELTON!!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  560. mike cooper

    I totally agree with Elton's previous comment – ban religion totally or at least move it to the perimeter of your thought process at and make space for more intelligent decision making based on fact.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  561. Disgusting!

    A drug-abusing Elton knows about Jesus? RIDICULOUS!

    WHO really knows who Jesus was and what he espoused? It's all a part of some ancient teaching politicized by the "powers in control" a long, long, long time ago.

    HOWEVER –Elton is a total slob for using this to support his own demented, distructive lifestyle. Does Elton somehow have a direct pipeline to "the truth"? I seriously doub it – don't you?

    Elton is a self-absorbed idiot! And he resonates with like-minded, self-absorbed idiots.

    In a nutshell - who cares what Elton thinks?


    February 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  562. jesus friend

    Really Elton? Why? Because believing in something bigger than your self is such a hard task for you to do SIR Elton. Next time im on TV im going to state I believe all gay people should burn at the stake... considering peoples public opinions don't matter.... wait.... If I did that it would never reach public media.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  563. John C

    Hey guys,

    Forgive ME. Got my nomenclature mixed up. meant hetero, not bisexual. (Can't expect more from a heathen anyway though, right?)

    Just seems like jesus had to be on some level just an average guy if the whole plan was to work and have any clout behind it.


    February 18, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  564. Pam R.

    More people should be outraged by Elton's remark, but than again this comes from someone who rents out a church and has a party in the santuary. He has no respect for religion what so ever. At the end of the day he has to answer to God. He is just one more person who has put their foot in their mouth, but this time he'll have to answer to a higher power other than just to his fans.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  565. Bill

    To sit here and argue wether Jesus was gay is ridiculous...Elton made a statement just as correct as a person who claimed jesus is strait...the fact is no one knows but thats how elton likes to picture his Jesus...

    I like to picture my Jesus as the secret 5th ghostbuster who arrives when the 4 are in a pickle and bails them out with his cross shaped proton pack!!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  566. Carolyn

    Why is it that when someone such as a celebrity or politician speaks what they believe in the name of "Free Speach" it is well with all, but if anyone (no matter the denomination) of faith speak out using the same Freedom of Speech, there is an incredible uproar? Talk about "Glass houses," How about Double Standards? Free speech, Free thought, and Freedom to worship is for everyone. I am tired of sitting around listening about how much the gay/lesbian community get offended about anything, and everyone has to accomodate them so we are "Politically Correct." I am not afforded the same respect if I am straight and conservative. I am a fan of Elton's music, I appreciate his creativity which is a God given talent. He should remember his millions came from ALL walks of life. Where would he be if only gays bought his music or 200 dollar concert tickets?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  567. mike cooper

    I totally agree with Elton's previous comment – ban religion totally or at least move it to the perimeter of your thought process at least and make space for more intelligent decision making based on fact.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  568. Joseph

    Why not say Jesus was , and leave it at that. If people are offended by the suggestion that Jesus was gay, then they could examine their own bias towards gays. If we allow ourselves to get comfortable with our prejudices then we close the door on God.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  569. CKT

    Because he is getting the attention he desires based on comments like this its one of the reasons why he continues to do so. Certain celebs crave attention be it positive or negative so those that feed into the ignorance are almost as bad as they are. Let God deal with his comment but let love be the shadow over the comment.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  570. Mark

    Maybe Jesus was gay. It doesn't really matter to me. The point of his existence was tolerance and compassion in my reading of history and/or the Bible. I'm sure Elton was talking about his version of a higher power and I support his ability to express that.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  571. james

    You go Elton, and as far as religion goes get real and grow up. I doubt that jesus was gay but I also doubt he was the son of any mytholgical god either, my best guess he was an out of work carpenter looking for an easy ride, and what better way than conning a bunch of needey people. And remember he was excuted as a common criminal.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  572. julisiyanna

    How did this turn into a bashing of the catholic religion? To base all of your thought and ideas on the heinous acts of a percentage of catholic priests, and to stem hate from that, is shocking to me. How many straight atheist men rape young women? or kill families? or perform any other violent acts? I'm not in any way standing behind what William Donohue said, but, elton john has no basis in his claims. What he said was intended to grab attention from the media, and it worked. And because one ignorant man, Donohue, decided to stand for all Christians, Catholics, or perhaps all God-fearing people, everybody on here is bashing people who stand by religion. well wasn't the history of the united states, and how it came to be, violent too? There's violence and hate everywhere, but so many people here seem to focus their attention solely on that of the history of religion.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  573. WhitneyD

    While Elton John's statement is fairly ridiculous- what cracks me up is that the Catholic League is offended that Elton John called Jesus smart. We all knew they'd get mad about the gay part- but being smart?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  574. And you know it

    Always a sad day when news thinks Elton has something to say.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  575. Josh

    There was that part about 13 men wandering the post-Hellenic Mediterranean. Hmm... The Church shouldn't care anyway, it is the Theology of Paul that they preach, not that of Jesus.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  576. Proud Christian

    The things that I'm reading on here are making unbelievable. What has happened to respect for other people and what they believe? I think Elton John went WAY over the line with this comment. I am praying for you, Elton.

    I'm standing up for my faith and my creator. CNN, please stop reporting these types of articles that cause uproar and people to be cruel to one another.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  577. DG

    Good one Donna.... people fear Mohammed so much that they avoid even mentioning his name, especially in such a negative content. EJ is a performer who wants us to read about him, so he took the safe route and slammed Christianity. He's in the news, so he succeeded.
    So, let's see... he bashed the Son of God. (c'mon. you know it wasn't meant to be a compliment) now everyone is talking about him.

    Now instead of being hunted down by muslim extremest, he is celebrated as a hero for attacking what he recklessly wants us to believe is a myth. What public figure has the balls to defame an islamic diety or prophet? Don't look for any entertainers, straight or gay, to try that one out. He just showed no class in attacking such an easy target, theologically speaking that is. I am not blasting EJ that much because while I am repulsed by the lifestyle he markets, I've always enjoyed his music.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  578. numbers

    There are 3 and ONLY 3 possible conclusions for who & what Jesus IS:

    1) He is/was a liar (if gay he was a liar);
    2) He is/was insane;
    3) He is/was exactly who HE said HE was.

    There are no other options!!! everyone who's tried to find out who HE was knows the answer, though many refuse to admit it!!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  579. Eric

    "Elton is helping the AIDS community...I don't see the church opening their wallets, other than to pay huge sums of money to their victims of sexual abuse at the hands of trusted clergy"

    Um, ever noticed how many hospitals around tend to be called "St. Mary's" or "St. Anthony" or some other such Saint. Those are Roman Catholic hospitals - and then there are Lutheran and Methodist and Baptist hospitals all over the place too. Just thought I'd point this out.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  580. cy

    All gays are sexual deviants. elton jackoff will answer to God for what he said. yeah God loves all his children, but he won't accept a gay lifestyle. It is a great sin

    February 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  581. Micah

    Most people wont read this so I'll be completely honest 🙂

    Elton's assumption which was probably made as a joke, it as factual as the clergy acting as if they know who or what Jesus was...

    Now for the off topic part,

    The only way we as humans on earth will ever move past war, famine, hatred, crime is to move away from these so called gods.. People believing in a higher power is the reason they are willing to kill to begin with. Once you accept that you are no more important then an ant, and that ant's don't have "afterlives" why would we? And one people accept that we have no afterlife and that life is now, not later, not what will be and not depending on some higher power, we begin to respect the moment and our neighbors a lot more.

    One last comment....
    To all the creationists out there that believe that one book can tell them the origin of all, I have one question:
    If you feel Darwin was full of nonsense and that there is no such thing as evolution, then.. what race/color were Adam and Eve? How is it that now we have so many colors. races and forms or people walking the earth??

    Please, open your eyes, one day, you will thank me!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  582. David

    Man can't deal with it's own individuality, hence all the wars. Religion is just part of the issue, but human nature is the cornerstone.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  583. Russell Hammond

    BTW, from my point of view, I too would ban religion completely And with all its non Biblical customs and practices, isn't Catholicism considered pagan by many Christians?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  584. Jules Mom

    This is another ridiculous and disresectful statement, probably designed to get publicity, by an aged corrupted mediocre talent. The real talent behind Elton John was always Bernie Taupin and Elton has been hanging on to the fame by any means available. His thoughtless words do not mean anything to Jesus, do nothing to lessen the greatness of Jesus Christ. The only power these stupid words have is the power and attention we give them. For my own part, I will contribute nothing to Elton John. I will not watch him, I will not listen to him. To me, he is nothing. Jesus, on the other hand, is everything.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  585. Gordon

    Ah, Mr.Donohue, Mr. Donohue. No one KNOWS whether Jesus was gay or not. Taking his lifestyle into consideration, he probably was gay. He was, from what little is KNOWN about him, a compassionate and caring person, which in itself does not eliminate the possibility of him being gay. It is like all of the superstitious people in the world who believe that he was the son of a mythical 'god'. No once does Jesus make that claim, and at no time in history has there ever been PROOF that there is a god of any kind. Many ancient societies worshiped gods of various names and types. There were gods of thunder, gods of war, gods of peace, gods of rain, gods of mountains, gods of this, and gods of that, and so on.

    As for Shannon's comment about bedding down young boys and girls, I don't understand how she relates that to being gay. I am pure heterosexual, and have never understood why some people seem to want to connect being gay with child molestation. There is no correlation.

    If you want to believe there is a god, that is your right. I assume your god is the same one who kills millions of children each year in Africa. People run around saying that god saved their child when some major disaster hits that kills thousands of other children. The flip side of that coin if you are honest, is that that same god killed all of the other innocent children. So, believe whatever makes you feel better, but realize that there is not one iota of proof that there is a god, who by the way seemed to suddenly appear around 2,000 years ago according to the believers. Where was your 'god' during the previous millions of years?

    February 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  586. Sir Knight Byron

    Jesus Lord God is God therefore, is against homosexuality – they should die is his cure.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  587. PAT

    One thing that I got from reading these comments is that there are a lot of lost people and a lot of people that have gone apostate in this world. I have compassion for homosexuals because daughter is gay. Do I hate her ? No. I always try to point her to the truth , without saving faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior mankind will perish eternally because of their unforgiven sins against a Holy God, period. For the comment about Jesus was gay, the word of God says that Jesus was Holy and had no sin but died for all sinners," while we where yet sinners He died for us". One day a fairytale story will become reality. May God have mercy on your souls.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  588. Barb

    Why would being gay, make him a sexual deviant? Please explain.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  589. Jay

    First of all it doesn't matter if Elton John believes Jesus was gay or not. It is his personal belief. The Bible doesn't say if he is or isn't. He might even be bi or nonsexual.

    Second, Bill Donohue is NOT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH! Stop saying that the catholic church spoke out against Elton John. He is just some idiot who thinks anyone with a website.

    Third, catholic priest are no more likely to be a child molester than any other profession.

    February 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  590. Scott

    I am so proud of you guys! Most of what i read was God is love and God does not discriminate against anyone. Sir Elton can say whatever he wants. Gays have had enough discrimination. And where does a Catholic leader get off calling anyone a sexual devaint? Clean your own house first.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  591. Gilemena

    Of course Jesus was gay. I thought everybody knew that.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  592. Michael B

    "Love Thy Neighbor" has a footnote?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  593. John Barlycorn

    Elton thinks Jesus is gay. Hmm... Nice try on the totally outrageous front by Captain Fantastic. Now if Elton would proclaim that life on earth depends on male – male sexual attraction....now that would be headline worthy.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  594. gpNV

    Elton is just an has been. His music was only good in the 70's. If he doesn't wise up about the truth, he will end up in hell. He just wants to be back in the news, no matter how he gets there.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  595. JC

    "“More seriously, to call Jesus gay is to label him a sexual deviant."

    That would certainly make him fit right in with the leaders of the Catholic church now... wouldn't it?


    That was priceless! LOL

    February 18, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  596. MJ

    All I've got ot say is if you're living and talking like hter's no God, you'd better be right!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  597. Calvin

    Elton needs to go away.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  598. John C

    Being a decent non-Christian heathen myself, I look at the stories and intent of the bible and think any historical Jesus was probably a healthy bisexual as far as hormones.

    Probably never consumated the act, but the whole christian thing of christ's being and purpose was to live the pains (as well as the passions) of the common person. To endure and rise above by one-pointed faith was part of the story.

    He had to have fought with sin and overcome for the story to have merit and to have fulfilled his purpose. The idea of a mellow castrated asexual guy doesn't seem to fit the severity of his task. How else is he going to absolve humans from sins and distractions if he hadn't been also tempted and overcome temptation.


    February 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  599. Why bother

    To all who even bother to comment on this. I guess I'm a fool for doing this...

    Psa 14:1 [[To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David.]] The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.

    Pro 10:18 He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.

    Pro 12:15 The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise.

    Pro 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

    Pro 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  600. jana

    So if J.C. was gay? Does that change the value of his teaching? You religious zealots ought to have learned something by now – you and your ministers who routinely are having affairs with women, men and ....

    February 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  601. Eric

    The fact that the Catholic League is commenting on something Elton John said shows how irrelevant they and their church are becoming.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  602. Someone

    JOhn should shut his mouth about things he doesnt understand

    February 18, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  603. JC

    "“More seriously, to call Jesus gay is to label him a sexual deviant. "

    This statement says a lot more about you, butthead. You're ignorant, and probably a closeted homosexual as well.

    Calling Jesus gay is like saying that he had blue eyes. There's no difference.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  604. GUest

    Shut up Teresa, you psychopath...

    February 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  605. Colin

    diller February 18th, 2010 3:03 pm ET
    To call some a sexual deviant just because their gay is the most backwards , biggoted racist statement. Donohue is a moron so I guess that makes all Catholics morons, and talk about sexual deviants, you better wear a chastity belt backwards if your an alter boy.

    How is calling someone a, "sexual deviant" in any way racist? I wish they could restrict the people that could comment on these matters. Maybe a simple IQ test or something to weed out the members of society who have trouble forming a coherent sentence. Idiot.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  606. Rock

    Donahue is a fool and a bigot.

    It's not as if Elton compared Jesus to Rambo, John Wayne or that old myopic virgin in a dress who runs the Vatican.

    Sexuality, intelligence and compassion are all very human. Jesus if he wasn't any more was at least that. Get over it people – for Christ's sake; it's not the dark ages.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  607. Regina

    Jeffrey just the way that you emphasize the word totally shows everyone why you agree with anything elton john says. I mean sorry, I am sure that by now you realize how gay it sounds. TOTALLY!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  608. Religion is a Fairy Tale

    And we should care what the Catholic Church thinks why???

    February 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  609. shuk-n-jive

    Well, considering the fact that Mohammed's last wife, Aisha, was between six and seven years old when betrothed to Muhammad, and was only nine years old when the marriage was consummated; then yes, I think it's safe to say that Mohammed was a bit of a sexual deviant as well...

    February 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  610. Noamchomsky'seviltwin

    Jesus is a fictional, mythological character, and every characteristic he was endowed with by his writers was taken from an earlier fictional mythological character, that was also worshiped as "real" during it's time.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  611. Robert

    I am confused. Mr Donohoe says that calling Jesus gay is to call him a "sexual deviant."

    We Catholics are led to believe that Jesus did not have sex.

    If most people back then DID have sex, then Jesus' behavior 'deviates' from the norm 'sexually.'

    So is he saying Jesus had sex?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  612. Sarge

    That should have read: I don't know WHY anyone...."

    February 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  613. Josh

    Why is Elton John getting any attention at all? Who really cares what he thinks? Just because a celebrity makes a comment does not make it Gospel.

    God gave up his only Son so sin could be forgiven. Giving up your own child I guess is no big deal these days. I guess we should not recognize that and be gay. As a matter of fact I think we should ALL be gay, every last one of us! Great idea! Therefore the human race will cease to exist as we know it. Sounds like a plan to me.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  614. Tony

    I'm SO sick of all these religious kooks that say the Bible "condems homosexuality". God/Allah/Buddah/whatever you want to call him or her, could care less who a person chooses to sleep with. Being a kind/loving/thoguhful/generous/good/spiritual person has nothing to do with your sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. Yeah, I'm sure God is going to damn gays to hell and let straight evil scumbags like Bush, Cheney, Limbaugh, Palin go straight to heaven! You intolerant religious pople are the ones going to hell!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  615. DJ Smith

    No - he would not have made the same comment about Mohammed. Not many gay people (or people in general for that matter) like to discuss what Muslims feel should be done to gays.

    Christianity is far more compassionate - which is why people feel they can make the comments that they do.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  616. ToughLove

    Jesus DID teach unconditional love...NOT amorality. He fulfilled the Jewish law and taught explicitly against sexual sin including sex outside the confines of marriage. To pick and choose what you WANT Jesus to think is wrong. He is who He is. He taught what He taught. The fairy tale is twisting Him into a modern charicature of relativism.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  617. GUest

    Here is something that should shut both sides up...PROVE IT!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  618. Susan

    First the church condemned Dan Brown for saying Christ was married and had a child. Now they're mad because someone is saying he was gay.

    Make up your minds which way your little hate-filled brains want to go!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  619. angrer324

    Those of you who call my Jesus gay, need to stfu.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  620. Joe Mama

    To quote the song, "Gay Messiah" by Rufus Wainwright:

    He will then be reborn
    From 1970's porn
    Wearing tubesocks with style
    And such an innocent smile

    Better pray for your sins
    'Cause the gay messiah's coming

    He will fall from the star
    Studio 54
    And appear on the sand
    Of Fire Island's shore

    Better pray for your sins
    'Cause the gay messiah's coming

    February 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  621. Church of Mind

    There is no god.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  622. Sarge

    I don't know anyone bothers responding to John's comment. Ignore it and it goes away in one news cycle. Responding to the idiot just gives his remarks more traction

    February 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  623. Pat F

    I think the funniest thing Elton said is that he no longer likes celebrity! What a scream (pardon the pun)! Elton John would vanish into thin air without his celebrity. He stopped being an artist years ago.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  624. Mike

    Wait... Does the Bible prohibit homosexuality? I'm honestly still confused by why/if it does. Most of Leviticus, where Christians seem to draw most of their anti-homosexual evidence, seems to be ignored on every other count...

    Example: Leviticus 12:1-8 says that all children must be circumcised on the 8th day. Leviticus 11:9-14 prohibits the eating of shellfish. Leviticus 14 demands a sacrifice from farmers every year of a goat. Leviticus 19:19 prohibits wearing garments made from both linen and wool. Leviticus 19:20 demands that anyone who lies with a married woman be put to death.

    WHY DON'T ANY OF THESE RULES APPLY, but ambiguous Leviticus 18:22 must be followed extremely strictly? When are Christians going to start wearing garments made from only one fabric, circumcising their children, putting adulterers to death, and stop eating shellfish?

    I've come to the conclusion that the vast majority of Christians have never actually read the Bible and have simply have no idea what they're talking about. The virulence with which Donahue and people in these posts have attacked Elton John because he was humorously questioning the value of needless hate is not only unwarranted but is frankly disgusting.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  625. David

    Jesus taught what is in Scripture. He is the personification of God. Whether you believe him to be God or not is irrelevant. God is still God regardless of anyone's belief.

    Christ taught us to love each other as he has loved us. Over and over again, he shows and tells us to love others but to not tolerate sin. While it is true we should love homosexuals, it is also true that we cannot tolerate the sin of continued homosexuals acts. God will forgive but you must first repent before he can forgive you.

    I find it strange that heterosexuals believe homosexuality is neither a sin nor deviant behavior but yet I know of no heterosexual who wishes homosexuality on their own children. If it were the same as heterosexual behavior then why not?

    For all your Darwinian "believers", pick which side you want to be on. Don't sit on the fence. Based on evolution theory, homosexuality should not exist because it does not propagate the human race, which is what evolution is all about. But since it does exist, it cannot be genetic and therefore exist only because of choice. Since we all make bad choices, please do not force your choice or belief of choice upon others who differ otherwise. Bigotry is not a religion, it is when a choice is forced upon you as acceptable. I think it exists across all walks of life, even in homosexuals.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  626. Jesus

    God here. My children, express your thoughts but please be kind and considerate to one another. That is all I ask.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  627. Nicole

    I am surprised at how many people on here have an opinion on a subject they know nothing about. First, pedophile is spelled as such p-e-d-o-p-h-i-l-e. Second, there were priests that committed the heinous crime, but do not forget about those who devoted their lives to doing good. Third, religion is not mythology. These people lived and they did good things. Mohammed, Jesus, Abraham, Moses all were men who were worth writing about. Mythology is the subject of gods and creatures that never existed, such as Zeus and the Minotaur.

    Whether or not Jesus was gay is a moot question, his message of love and compassion was his message. Focus on that and this message board would be a lot shorter and a lot less filled with anger and hate. Also, get an education. When you are ranting about topics like religion, it is very distracting when you misspell the key words (pedophile).

    February 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  628. Todd

    Christianity is a matter of faith. You either believe or you don't. We are free moral agents. I tend to believe that Jesus came into the world to shed innocent blood in order that sinners, thats all of us, might be saved.He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved.One day we will all breath our last breath and the eternal soul will be seperated from the physical body. At this point you cannot change your mind. Read the book, believe it and obey the gospel.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  629. Art

    There is a lot of ignoramus jibberish being spouted about this story. For Rhonda, Michelle and so many others that twist The Bible to their own needs, God loves all human beings, and by the way, not everyone is a child of God. To be a child of God, you have to call him father, so let's be clear about that. We are all creatures of God, but are not all his children. God hates sin, but loves the sinner. And Ken, you show your ignorance of the Word of God by wanting proof about whether Jesus was gay or not. Well if you instructed yourself on the subject, you would find that for God, homosexuality is a sin and he says so in the Bible. Jesus is God incarnate, and as the Bible says, there is no sin in God. Please, people it's OK not to believe in God, he doesn't force you to; but don't speak about something you know nothing about. And Elton John is just an ignoramus as you are, angry because his lifestyle, which he has a right to live, is in sin he will burn in the lake of fire and brimstone if he does not repent and seek God.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  630. Tony

    There is nothing to suggest that Jesus was 'straight'.

    However, thank god William Donohue is heterosexual. The less association I have with that nutcase, the better.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  631. Richard

    The gospels are part history, part propaganda, but they do assert that Jesus' entourage included many women, some of high rank. Mary Magdalene is never represented as a prostitute. She has been described as having very special relationship with Jesus. As for Mohammad, he had multiple wives and children. Speculation as to their sexual preferences is not only in bad taste. it is ridiculous. Where are the pure in heart?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  632. FCR

    I am not surprised at all of the statement that Elton John made. Just remember a few things. "And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment," Neither I nor the Lord delights in death and hell for those that die outside of Christ. Every one of us has a casket. Afterwards we will all stand before Him. Some will stand in eternal life. Some will stand in eternal condemnation. Now the Lord Jesus (who is NOT gay), the Son of God, Who created Elton and all of us, loves Elton John and has given everyone of us time and space to repent while we have sand in our hour glasses. The Lord will not condemn him for calling Jesus gay, but men are condemned already for not believing that the Lord Jesus is Lord. When everyone breathes their last breath, it is best not to take the chance and die in a Christ-less grave. Are you willing to risk it?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  633. Muslim

    I am shocked with the comment of Elton John. It is extremely shameful, irresponsible and by posting this comment I am protesting this shameful statement. Freedom of speech doesn't remain freedom of speech if its used to abuse others. I don't think Mr John would be extremely pleased if people called her mother a whore. Then why is it that he should heap abuse on some one who is loved, respected and believed by over half the population in of the world. Both Christians and Muslims believe in Jesus and together they form about 50% of the world population. There needs to be some amount of civility in public discourse on matters related to religious symbols. To call Jesus a gay is extremely rude, evil and designed to cause mental harm to people of faith. Yes words do casue harm and words such as these fall in those categories.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  634. ralfm1

    This from the church that is still abusing children sexually and blames the victims. You Catholics are evil! ...................In case you haven't been following the news lately.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  635. Jim

    First of all, the Church is run by humans, it makes mistakes. What other human institution has lasted for over 2,000 years making these same mistakes? Thankfully our Lord gave His Church the Holy Spirit to guide and help the Church throughout the ages.
    Second, 2% of priests committed the horrible crimes against our Children. This is 2% too many but I ask you to look at the percentage of teachers, protestant ministers, and nearly every other professions, who have done the same if not worse to children. This is in no way justifying or somehow making okay the number of priests, who are supposed to be good role models and spiritual fathers, that have done these horrible crimes but it is something to look at before you continue to go off blaming the Church for everything thats wrong in the world.
    Third, Celibacy is not something that the Church forces of Her priests. It is not something that is somehow repressing the sexual nature of Her priests. It is something that every Roman Catholic priest FREELY chooses. Its is something that the priest forsakes for the greater good of society. It is something that he offers up as a prayer and sacrifice for his people. Celibacy IS NOT the reason that innocent children were taken advantage of. This is proved by the fact that more MARRIED men and women molest children then priests.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  636. victim

    Is the church upset because he suggested that Jesus was gay? Or are they upset because he didn't hold him up as a role model for their priests, popes and other assorted pederasts? The church pestilence runs so deep that they even chose a child molester to write the foreword to their pre-canonization revisionist paean to John Paul II. tinyurl.com/sex-abuse-rabbi

    February 18, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  637. Matthew

    Richard Malone, what an utter idiot you are!

    You posted that Catholics "are SICK CHILD MOLESTING Republican pukes!"

    Newsflash, imbecile! The majority of Catholics in the USA usually votes for a Democrat, a trend that has been around for years! Your comments show that in fact YOU are the bigot and the zealot, the kind of person who was so quick to express his hate for other people that he couldn't even be bothered to get his facts straight!

    So, you go right ahead and publish your idiotic ramblings, and I'll go right ahead beating you down with the easily-obtainable, statistically verifiable truth.

    Given filth like you, I'll take the Catholics any day. For every worthless moron like you, there are dozens of silent Mother Theresas out there actually helping to make the world a better place. What have you done lately, except sit around at home and stew in your own self-righteousness?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  638. Kyron

    Mr. Mclain,
    I really regret the past experiences you may have had with Christians; that's really unfortunate. But for you to make your statement that generalizes the church is such a negative light as you have done is even more unfortunate. Truth is, you, Elton John, and others may call Jesus whatever you wish. He's been called worse even when He lived on this earth to die for the very people who spoke all manners of evil against Him - yet those words did not keep Him from going to the Cross for them. But there will come a time when we will all have to give an account for every word spoken. Brother Mclain, Brother John and countless others, it's not yet too late to repent. The choice is yours. ...choose today whom you will serve ... but as for me and my house, we're going to serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15).

    February 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  639. Alex Hankewicz

    Elton best stick to singing his gay love ballads and stay away from insulting millions of Christians. Elton is what near 70 he is going to feel the wrath of God very soon as he will meet his maker.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  640. Mr. Strat

    God's Word is very clear on homosexuality, and they will not inherit His kingdom.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  641. GPC200224

    I think it's completely offensive to gay people to claim that Jesus was one of them!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  642. Susan

    Mr. Donohue – being gay does not make one a sexual deviant. being catholic clergy and molesting children certainly does though. I happen to think Jesus was A-sexual. The last time i checked a persons sexual life was their own. If you are not harming others or doing anything illegal, your sex life is no ones business. I also remembering having freedom of speech so I do believe Sir Elton John can speak his mind just like you or I. I mean my God, listen to the crap that comes out of Palins mouth. Maybe instead of all you religious right winged teabagging people always pointing fingers, labeling others, judging others, putting yourselves above and against your fellow brothers and sisters/citizens ,you may want to pray for love and peace instead.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  643. Me

    Michael McCain – u nailed it!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  644. orlando

    elton john was jusus in his past lifes thats how he knows that jusus was gay

    February 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  645. Richard

    The gospels are part history, part propaganda, but they do assert that Jesus' entourage included many women, some of high rank. Mary Magdalene is never represented as a prostitute. She has been described as having very special rekationship with Jesus. As for Mohammad, he had multiple wives and children. Speculation as to their sexuak preferences is not only in bad taste. it is ridiculous. Where are the pure in heart?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  646. Realist

    Gay does not equal sexual deviant. Sexual deviant is a different label altogether that can apply to straight, gay, bi-sexual, etc.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  647. Ray Sharradh

    I guess the Catholic Church is entitled to its beliefs, but Elton John isn't. I'm with Kathy Griffin on this one – The Pope can suck it.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  648. idania

    well, there have always been rumours Jesus had a thing with
    Mary Magdelan...so he probably wasn't gay. everyone has freedom of speech. so let them say what they want. so I'M going to say wat i want as well, GOD DOESN'T LOVE GAYS. the end.

    btw i have gay friends & have nothing against
    them. but God doesn't love them. cherio!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  649. Polly

    Misc.- I used to like him too, but look at these celebrities...they live terribly. It is obvious that they don't have any religious concerns or self-respect. They're all hooked on drugs and are immoral.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  650. @5#%

    This old man must have abused some substance to think of God as his equal!

    Despite all his financial wealth, he is a looser; at his dying age he wants to adopt a kid.

    What we want to hear from him is good songs; not a baseless philosophy!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  651. Tim

    Get over it people. So he reconstructed some views of a poorly constructed fairytale that midwestern football-lovin' meatheads worship to appease their parents. Who cares? Jesus most likely never existed anyhow.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  652. Kaden

    To Drinna:

    Your most compelling reason for being a good person and choosing to "believe" is fear of "being wrong" and spending eternity in Hell?!?!?


    I don't reckon that that is a healthy or a positive spiritual life. I hope everyone finds "better", more loving and compassionate reasons for their beliefs.

    Do ALL adherents of Abrahamic faiths live under such similar spiritual and mental intimidation? And if so, how can they claim to ever love honestly and genuinely? Please respond.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  653. kr

    I can't believe the Catholics would be so bold as to make a comment here. If you play the word association game with me and say "Catholic priest" my one and only response is "pedophile." Any group that requires suppression of sexuality is wrong, and is sure to either attract deviants or create them. Whether you actually molest children or simply protect and harbor them, it's the same thing in the end. I'm sure there are exceptions, but just about the only time Catholic clergy comes into the news anymore it seems like it's yet another molestation scandal.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  654. Marie

    His message was simple. Love one another as I have loved you. I could accept Jesus as being gay, straight, black, white and anything else in between. His message was love. I believe that some people get love mixed up with sex. It's very sad.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  655. Christopher

    Not too concerned about Elton's comments toward a fairy tale figure. More offended by Donohue's comment labeling a minority as sexual deviants. Isn't that like calling Catholic Priests sexual deviants? What world does this guy live in?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  656. Jay

    Elton John like most stars has everything he says put in the news, he is allowed to say what he thinks.... Jesus was a Jew, the Catholic's killed him, the Jews now feel he was a profit, and the Catholic's think he was the son of God.... yea sure religion makes sense... and finally the Catholic's should be quiet until they clean their own messes up. Good thing is, they collect enough every Sunday to pay the lawyers. There must be something more important that the media should be reporting on.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  657. Pete

    Well, Jesus was supposed to have never married and led an entirely chaste and otherwise non-sexual life, right? If "sexual deviance" is merely a sexual life style that markedly deviates from the norm then Jesus definitely *was* a sexual deviant.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  658. RCK

    Some of you are truly sick, to say that all "Catholics are morons," "the Church is full of sexual deviants" and "Hoping your Church continues to dwindle... ashes to ashes.... good riddance Crazy Catholics" is more ignorant and inflamatory than Donohue's statement.

    Do the some of you actually have any experience with the Church's treatment of gays? Do you even have the slightest clue about Catholic charaties and how many gay people they help? Do you even know what the Catholic League is?

    To set the record straight, there are no more "deviants" in the Church as a percentage of priests (less than 1%) than there are "deviants" in the United States as a percentage of population (also less than 1%). To say that the Church is full of sexual deviants is to say the United States is. That does not excuse the Church's terrible behavior in covering up child molestation, but to insinuate that even more than the slightest percentage of priests molest children is wholely inaccurate.

    The Catholic league is nothing more than an activist civil rights organization that exists in the United States to combat anti-catholic bias. What this group says is not what the Church says. Does Al Sharpton speak on behalf of all African Americans? Because he has certainly made some just as ridiculous/inflamatory statements.

    The point is the Catholic Church does a lot of good in this world by helping downtrodden people – whether gay or straight. They are certainly not perfect. What happened with the coverup of molestation is beyond shameful for an organization that preaches morals. However, for anyone here to bash all Catholics based on the statement of a civil rights activist or the actions of few molesting priests is as ridiculous as calling all African Americans criminals because of some of them have been found guilty of committing crimes or as calling all muslims terrorists because of 9/11.

    Some of the statements made here are both inflamatory and prejudice. It's certainly sad that Catholic bashing has become a staple of so much of American society.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  659. Polly

    To call Jesus gay is to not recognize that he is the Son of God. According to the Word, God never intended people to practice homosexuality. Jesus would be compassionate to a homosexual, but he would not condone the practice. Just as he was compassionate towards the adultress.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  660. Andrew Wittmaier

    This comment is a response to Michael McLane's comment. I wish people would stop using this overarching term, "the church" when referring to Christianity as a whole. I realize you are referring to the Catholic church Michael, but your comments are inflammatory and misguided, not to mention your tone which seems quite hateful. I've noticed this hatefulness a lot more towards Christians, possibly due to our society's leaning towards postmodernism and the absolute, unchanging nature of true Christianity. When you lump all Christians into Catholicism you are doing a disservice to Catholics and other denominations as well. Yes, the Catholic church has had a turbulent, controversial, even shameful past, but to use this against every Christian is simply fallacious. I hope you reconsider your position and realize your ad hominem arguments will not get you anywhere with an intellectual, or even a purely logical crowd.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  661. Kelly

    I guess it depends on how you look at it. If you go strictly by what it says in the bible (which is said to be incomplete because not all gospels were included in it, only those that supported what the early christians wanted to promote), Jesus didn't take a wife. So maybe he was gay. On the other hand, there are many who believe Mary Magdellan was Jesus wife. If so, he was straight. On the other hand, Jesus really liked those rousing all nighters where he and the boys would hang out, get drunk off all the water turned into wine, and do who knows what...so maybe he was bi.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  662. gerbiltea

    To the people daring Elton John to say the same things about Muhammad (sallahu aleyhi wa sallem) you are aware that the exact same penalties exist in Islam for people who would insult a prophet like Jesus (sallahu aleyhi wa sallem), yes?

    Christians, you should be outraged by his comments. He has every right to make them but you have every right and a responsibility to say that this is unacceptable behavior. No one can blithely get away with insulting Islam because the Muslims simply will not allow it. Perhaps you'd do well to follow our example.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  663. Nona Dog

    "Sticks and stones" And who cares? Big fuss over absolutely nothing.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  664. Trey

    Teresa – I love it when people bring up Leviticus...if we are going to follow Leviticus, then we can't pick and choose what's law and what isn't (it's God's law after all, so you have to either accept all or none of it)...So, Teresa, if you haven't been menstrating up wind, per Leviticus, you should be stoned to death. Never mind you're breaking the law if you wear clothes with more than one fabric (hope you're not wearing cotton with wool!) and if you have ever cursed your mom or dad (including when you were a teen) than you must be put to death per Leviticus. Also, if you have a flat nose, per Leviticus, you're actually not allowed to worship the religion. There's a lot more stuff like this, sure hope you're following it all....

    February 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  665. Rebecca

    Where was the concern for "sexual deviance" when priests who abused children had their crimes swept under the rug by the Church and simply moved from diocese to diocese continuing their reign of terror?

    I also find it disgusting how people in these comments are conflating homosexuality and pedophilia. I guess all the men who assault little girls are gay, and grown gay men who have sex with other consenting men are pedophiles, by that logic.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  666. Tom

    Since when did anything out of Elton's mouth become news? He is just another strung out has been 'performer' that should just go the way of MJ and commit suicide.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  667. a josh

    I agree with the person who challenges Elton to say that Mohammed.
    was Gay. I don't believe Elton would be alive for very long. You should feel greatful Mr. John that Christian's don't have that attitude.
    You have reall issues with religion.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  668. Awaal Oastad

    Elton John is a damn stupid moron as per as I can say.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  669. Ericinsandiego

    I am convinced that Sir Elton John is wrong: Jesus is actually the pen-name of an ancient, but still living regal black woman who still lives among us....with a constant smirk on her face at all the misinterpretations of things she said, which have now been immortalized in the many many many re-written and re-interpreted versions of the bible......

    February 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  670. Rick

    What a great talent and jackass at the same time

    February 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  671. SJ

    Why do gays have such a need to identify historical figures as gay? It seems anyone who had male friends must have been secretly gay. Is it really so hard to accept that not all relationships are based on sex?

    And of course God does love everyone. But he also calls us turn from our ways to his. Remember that Jesus, after forgiving the woman caught in adultery, told her "go and sin no more."

    February 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  672. Tom LeBlanc

    Why is Mr. Donohue the go-to-guy for anything Catholic. His views are not representative of most intelligent, compassionate Catholics!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  673. jj

    God Bless you ALL!!!!

    I am a Catholic and I was upset about Elton John's comments. I agree with those that say hate the sin love the sinner. But I pose this question to all those that criticize the fact that people are getting upset about this – if this was stated about your brother, father, mother, sister, significant other, or friend – would you not be offended?????

    February 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  674. Aaron

    Wowwww...everyone needs to take it down a few. First, Donohue merely countered the statements John made. He also recalled another of John's remarks showing that this comment comes as no surprise. Donohue never personally attacked John or his views on religion and made no comments about his own or his Church's morality. Second, I find it extremely backward that those who complain about discrimination feel free to make remarks THEY KNOW will get a very negative response and will certainly offend many. If I were to make a remark that would offent a homosexual or someone of another color or gender I would be railed against. But it's totally acceptable an even commendable for a homosexual man to make a comment that is a direct offense against the man over 1 billion people believe to be the son of God? And it's okay, why? Becayse he's a homosexual! If that's not discriminatory, I don't know what is.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  675. Ronnie

    William Donohue needs worry more about priest diddling little children and less what celebs say!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  676. H MILLER

    And how do we know that we wasn't gay?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  677. Brent Scott__ Las Vegas

    Jesus was a man traveling with 12 other men. He also was not born of a virgin mother. That is NOT possible. As far as being gay, we do not know. I personally believe there could be truth to it because as I said, he was traveling with 12 other men. You think about it!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  678. JR

    It's strange, the Catholics don't like referring to Jesus as a sexual man, Mary Madelina for example, and now they get upset if he's referred to as gay, it would seem that Catholics prefer a neuter, a eunuch as their God, odd.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  679. Bob

    Anti-Catholics are pathetic... you know nothing about us, Jesus, or much anything else when you make these ridiculous attacks. "Catholics" who agree with John really don't know anything either. Do the religion bashers feel better for having written?

    God is a God of Love AND Justice according to his book. Jesus was about one other major thing, REPENTANCE, and that goes for ALL of us.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  680. Dan Moe

    So elton john want to make sure jesus was just as perverted as john is today! When someone says something against queers they get upset and call people names but it is ok for them to make comments against NORMAL people!!! People who are against homosexuals are homophobics then what are people who agree with gays, PERVETED!! Instead of defending a position the gays and their idiot friends just call others names, typical of lose moraled liberals!!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  681. LC

    Or why don't people stop putting words in Jesus' mouth! If you don't wish to follow Him, then don't. But stop trying to 'speak' for Him, He's said all He's needed to in the gospels.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  682. David

    In a purely statistical sense, asexuality in considerably more deviant than homosexuality.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  683. Jaduzink

    Never married, a pacifist, hung out with 12 men one of whom was his beloved and was particularly devoted to his Mother ... the conclusion is clear. God is showing humanity that real love is not bound by dualistic gender categories.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  684. Richard

    Religion is a very powerful drug. Used carefully it brings peace of mind to millions if people, and is harmless. Used the wrong way, and it can be lethal. (Sept. 11 for example) Nobody knows who or what created this world that we live in. Many people speculate, and when they cannot find the answers, they mistake the rules with regard to religion written in The Bible by men to be the rules of the universe written by God.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  685. Alphonso Franco

    Elton is a hater!, he hates Christians and hence his comment. I defy him to say anything even remotely close about Mohammed!

    Elton should stick to his craft of entertaining people and leave Faith to people of Faith. Hatred towards Christians is the same as others hating you for what you beleive in!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  686. Seth

    I'm with Chuck Norris on this one, who is Jesus.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  687. Keep going, almost there

    Eventually people will come to the truthful conclusion. The discussion of Jesus is irrelevant. The real discussion will be that God did not create man, man created God.
    Zeke's post was right on.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  688. Kate Johnson

    Elton John takes a page out of the Pat Robertson play book. Saying something stupidly outrageous to shore up his flagging careers. How pathetic.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  689. gary

    To say that "religion is the root of all evil" is like saying all Latinos in America are illegals or that all Muslims are terrorists or all blacks are on welfare.

    And to say that Christ was gay is pure conjecture. As if Sir Elton has the faintest idea who Jesus was or was not.

    Christ does love us all, even the sinner, but he does not condone the sin.

    Grow up people!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  690. Armour

    Speaking of Hot Dogs, how come when you buy them you get 12 franks but only 8 buns?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  691. SSDWCC

    MIKE – I so agree with you and have stated numerous times that the whole concept of Jesus is a creation myth – no different than Mary Poppins, Santa Claus, etc, etc. I have yet to meet someone who claims to be a Christian that has any historical knowledge about Christianity. I have an advanced degree and have done over 12 years of research and yes, Jesus and Christianity is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated upon mankind yet people blindly and stupidly defend it without knowing anything. It amazes me how gullible and uninformed humans are.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  692. Lynn Rabin

    ok ,jesus with a capital J...what would Jesus gay?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  693. marie davis

    I don't mean to judge, but with those remarks, Elton has no chance except to burn in the fires of hell. What an idiot!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  694. Carol

    Let's face it - There's nothing to prove Jesus whether Jesus was gay, straight, married, unmarried. Neither Elton John nor the Catholic League know what they are talking about, and both of them should have kept their mouths shut.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  695. ximena

    What does the pin on Elton's lapel mean?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  696. Matt

    Michael...There are literally tens of thousands of Catholic charities throughout the world. Charities such as hospitals, relief organizations like Catholic Charities, and organizations that rebuild neighborhoods like Habitat for Humanity. The Catholic Church is the largest employer in Australia. Saying that the church does not open up its wallet is wrong and uninformed.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  697. Dana

    I'm sorry, but some of you really don't know your bible. GOD does love everyone, but GOD emphatically hates homosexuality. In fact it's considered a total abomination according to GOD, stated in the bible. GOD does not accept just everything, and you can't put this on the Catholic church. The Cathilic church never said homosexuality was wrong, GOD said so, not me or anyone else!

    And if you don't accept that, then how could you possibly say that GOD is love, when GOD was the one who stated that also? Please don't be mis-informed, GOD commanded the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah because of the extreme wickedness and wide open and acceptance of homosexuality and lesbianism. Read Corinthians 6:9-11, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13. If you purposely ignore GOD's own words written about this, then you are admitting that you don't accept GOD's truth, but your own desires.

    His word applies to myself and everyone, or else you have no business stating anything about GOD.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  698. I Am The Rosa

    I find it interesting that people get so riled up over an invisible friend of theirs (and by the way christians and what nots, if you can't see him and have never seen him he is an invisible friend, regardless of how many other people believe in him). At least you can see Elton John. How do you defend an invisible friend?? Seriously! (and for those who are so righteous about it, please, send me a picture of you and Jesus and your pals having lunch or a cup of tea or something, would love to see him for a change)

    February 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  699. Mike Dodd

    If you are going to believe in Jesus, you should believe in the Bible. If you do that, then Jesus could not have been gay as he was without sin. The Bible clearly calls homosexuality an abomination (new test and old). If you think it does not, then you have not read the Bible. Though, I see nothing Biblically that tells me he had desires for sexual relations of any kind. He had God's business to do. Also, if you don't believe all of the Bible, then why believe in any of it. Picking and choosing based on your feelings or society whims makes no sense to me. Either go "all in" or find another philosophy.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  700. Ant

    The Catholic church has done FAR more harm in this world than any washed up pop star.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  701. Trey

    The Catholic church is so funny....I'll start listening to them when they apologize for all the people they killed in the name of God (and it's a lot of people) and all the children their priests raped (and that they let their priests rape...lots of those too) over the last 2000 years. According to Catholocism God has basically been cool with it because the Pope has a direct line, so God would have said something...so, basically if God is Catholic he/she/it must be a murdering rapist (or think murdering rapists are worthy of heaven) since he/she/it's told the Pope it was all good to kill people who didn't agree with them (even though Jesus was supposedly a pacifist...) and it was all good to let rapists keep raping children. So, basically, abortion is bad but sodomizing kids is all good....never mind the fact that the church was in league with the nazis...but, I guess God was cool with that too. I just find it amusing that a business, err...organization (and don't kid yourself, the catholic church exists to take your money...if Jesus came along 1000 years later the Vatican would probably disgust him as it's a total perversion of what he taught.) like the Catholic church would espouse the teachings of Jesus without ever following them. But, what can you expect of a cult....err, religion, that has a ex Nazi leading the way for them.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  702. Hunter

    Who cares. Its only him. Hes calling him intellegent, and at least thats something. I could care less thought because im an athiest

    February 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
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  704. TaharkahX

    I don't have a problem with anything Elton John said. Every group makes Jesus in their own image because they can relate best to what is familiar and culturally significant to them.

    When I think "Jesus", I see a Black man in a robe. That is what is familiar and culturally relevant to me. I have no problem with the Asians drawing an Asian Jesus or the Caucasians depicting him as blue eyed.

    The Catholic church cannot condemn anyone considering the fact that their leader worked at a Nazi death camp. Why isn't there more discussion about that? Elton isn't the one that's a murderer, after all...

    February 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  705. Paul Willson

    Sorry sir you are wrong in your statement about Jesus & his sexuality. I believe that He would not care 1 way or other if his followers are gay straight or twisted , and we.ve had some of each in the last 2 mellenia . He is a God of love and maybe some of us believers need to realize that he would everyone sexual preferance not withstanding.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  706. levorn

    OK Elton john and u other gays need to just chill out... U argue that u were born gay ...well! so are some killers and other criminals. still does not make it OK or natural for that matter. which other animal on the planet any of u know that have gays and straits...none!!!!! they are all strait , male to a female only humans want to change the law of nature. anyway people do wat u do just leave Jesus out of ur mess!!!!!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  707. mc

    Given it came from Elton John, I suspect he said it for a laugh, knowing full well he would ruffle someone's feathers. The Christians fell for it.......... naturally. ha ha.

    Religious people take themselves way to seriously. As a happy agnostic, I wish they would take a look in the mirror and closely examine the history of their faith to see the horror they caused through the ages.

    So..if someone wants to take a jab at them just to rile them up...go for it. Have fun!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  708. infosurgent

    Gay people are sexual deviants, huh? That's really interesting coming from the Catholic Church. For 60 years they have turned a blind eye to the pedophilic sexual deviants in their own midst. I think the Catholic Church has lost the credibility to challenge anyones sexuality.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  709. GorStuka

    If Elton is trying to justify his life style it won't change the outcome.

    Gay Straight curved crooked, whatever, the only way out is repentance of sin.....everybody....

    February 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  710. OARFNY

    And this is news because........? Will we next be treated to Elton's views on neurosurgery? How about space travel? His views on Jesus Christ are important? Why? Who cares? Perhaps he, Al Gore and P.T. Barnum can co-host a seminar on "climate change"?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  711. pallo

    Elton John is a poor example of anything, a gay, a man, a christian, he is a jerk...a drug taking queen who is nasty and rude....Jesus is a good man, not gay but certainly compassionate of all....Elton is a slob, who had talent but abused it with drugs, he gives but only to his own kind thinking that wll get him into heaven, lmao, what about starving children homeless aged what has he done for them....he has made millions being a freak, he is not a great speaker, he has a definite dark side and not a good human being at all. as for the churches, well GOD will deal with them I can assure you as well as Elton John. Gays should be embarassed to be represented by him.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  712. Chadrock

    CHRISTIANITY: The belief that some cosmic Jewish zombie can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him that you accept him as your master, so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat forbidden fruit from a magical tree. That makes perfect sense.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  713. Paul.

    The Catholic Leauge is one guy... William Donohue.

    I'd be more inclined to listen to anyone other than him. If you look as his history is nothing more than a crackpot.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  714. mrnatural

    So Jesus put sausage in his bad place too?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  715. May

    Could not agree more – with Elton John that is. ALL RELIGION SHOULD BE BANNED!!!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  716. Erik

    Jesus was gay! How many Jewish men do you know who's 35, who's mother is still alive and are not gay?

    Lets be real here, the Catholic Church has had more of its "celibate" priests, bishops, cardinals, being investigated for pedophilia than any other religious organization. At least Elton John is being honest about his sexuality and expressing his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Lets see the Catholic Church come clean on a few of its transgressions. Hmmm my history book seems to be filled with them.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  717. daniel young

    Go Elton!

    Whether he was gay or not- WHO CARES! Oh, I forgot, just the bigots!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  718. Rick

    Jesus was Gay. John used to rest his head on Jesus' lap according to the Bible. Sounds pretty gay to me.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  719. Josiah

    The Catholic League aka one guy with a PC running Microsoft switching between windows to yell about Elton and then masturbate to child porn in the other – LAME – anyone can come up with a snazzy sounding group name – Christian Cult Members For American Freedoms of White Americans – Save The White Americans from Niggers and Fags – ACPAC – Ass Clapping Publocons Against Cancer – Douche Bags of the World Unite To Support Palins Retard
    what a joke – course CNN will Cherry Pick their posted responses harder than Dick Cheney did in the run up to the Iraq war – that or they won't bother to post any at all – why open your manipulated stories up to comments if you don't post a one?
    What does CNN and a sack of shit have in common = Everything

    February 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  720. John G

    Religion =Hate,Hypocrisy,Ignorance,Death,Cruelty,Abuse. It is also a good justification for committing Criminal acts. Gods Law trumps Mans Law.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  721. Peter Roohr

    Just goes to show you what a lack of knowledge about the Bible and Christianity can do to a man who CHOSE to be gay. Elton is very immature even in old age

    February 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  722. Mike

    Duh... of course Jesus was gay. Why else do you think he was crucified by religious fanatics?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  723. Twinko

    Hey, who took my twinkies??

    February 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  724. waitaminute

    It specifically says in the bible that a man is NOT to sleep with a man as he is a woman. It says that.... it says that it is sexually immoral to do so... so basically it does say one is a sexual deviate.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  725. Lynn Rabin

    "What would jesus gay"?

    February 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  726. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Oh hell no!!!! That bastard didn't just say what I think he said, boo that man!!

    But for real, what do you expect? This is the same man who was critical of religious people in respect.

    F- you Elton John!!

    February 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  727. Nor

    All religion is only superstition. It's just a method for the churches to keep the masses in check and have some power that they wouldn't have otherwise.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  728. Kathy

    What Elton said wasn't harmful! Only hypocritical, right wing, so-called "Christians" would get upset.

    Oh, and the most HYPOCRITICAL, The Catholic Church, which I was unfortunately raised in.

    No one knows if Jesus was gay, or straight or even existed as the gospels would claim. None of us existed back then, which is why it's called Faith not science.


    February 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  729. Mike

    The biblical ignorance of these comments belies the failure of so-called christian religions to really teach what the Bible does say about Jesus and about what he taught. To say simply that Jesus taught love and therefore tolerates violations of christian laws and principals indicates a failure to really read and understand his statements to his disciples.

    It might make more sense to study the bible to determine what it really says than to listen to a celebrity and a theologin whose church used to kill people who actually read the bible.

    February 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  730. jules

    This man has gotten far more press than he deserves.

    Sir Elton, go bed your man and keep your obnoxious opinions to yourself. There's enough divisiveness and hatred in this world without you adding to the mess with your uniformed verbal diarrhea.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  731. TW

    So... why are all you hardcore Protestants out there making common cause with the Catholics? Aren't they all evil blasphemers who are going to hell? Talk about strange bedfellows. Or is it just a marriage of convenience?

    February 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  732. daniel Fierro

    jesus was gay, he did not 'have sex with any woman' thats what the church says anyways. he did hangout with 12 dudes.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  733. TW

    My bible is obviously deficient. Where is the passage in Scripture where Jesus says, "I'm right, you're wrong, nyaah nyaah"? Chapter and verse, please.
    Oh! There it is. Right next to the one that says "Thou shalt have one set of rules for everyone else, and an entirely different set for yourself".

    February 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  734. edward boretz

    For anyone who gets upset by elton johns statement: get over it. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and beliefs. The holyer than thow crowd should grow up. Many are still debating whether Jesus was black or white. So little is truly known about him. Wake up and just let people be people regardless of their opinions.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  735. rhubarb

    Regarding: "There is no asterisk anywhere in the Bible excluding gays.....Everyone means everyone regardless of race, religion, color or sexual preference. And Mr. Donohue – being gay does not make one a sexual deviant."

    FACT #1: No Asterisk's in the Holy Bible, but SEE FACT #2
    FACT #2: 1Corinthians 6:9: Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

    FACT #3: Is it possible for anyone in this blog to understand that you can love a PERSON but hate their CONDUCT??

    FACT #4: Homosexuality, by definition, IS sexual deviancy, since they deviate from the sexual norm which allows our species to perpetuate.

    FACT #5: Jesus died on a cross for EVERYONE's sins! There is still time to accept His forgivness before it's too late – Please Do This.


    February 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  736. Wayne Messer

    Hey Teresa, Don't hold back say what you really mean.

    Since y9u're so tolerant, loving, caring, non-judgemental soul that you are you right wing-religious NUT JOB

    February 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  737. TW

    Has anyone noticed that the people who are so upset about Elton's comments are the same people who say Muslims need to "get over" the whole making-fun-of-Mohammed thing?

    Just sayin'.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  738. Shannon

    What Elton said was ridiculous and the response from Michael Donohoe was equally ridiculous! Jesus was on a mission and bedding down girls or boys did not seem to be apart of what he came here to do. Labeling him in anyway only narrows the mind of those speaking on him. His message is universal and we don't need Elton to poke the tiger of divisiveness to get us to understand Jesus's compassion and wisdom. We certainly don't need Michael's homophobic retort!

    February 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  739. BralenX

    It's true, Jesus was gay.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  740. Teresa

    I, too, dare him to make that statement regarding mohammed. Additionally, the catholic church is not an earthly rep. for God Almighty, homosexuality is condemned in the law of God {the Bible, Leviticus},the book of Revelation teaches us that judgment will begin with those in the pulpits, who lied to, abused, and did not feed the flocks, all knees will bow to God and his son, and sin will be repented of or you will die. Yes, God is very loving and full of tender mercy FOR those who love him. He is also a jealous God ,who wants his children to acknowledge and love only Him, and is capable of great wrath and anger, which will be aptly demonstrated, toward his enemies. Elton John is despicable, a disgusting old homosexual fornicator, a deviant and freak. Even so, he can still find forgiveness through Christ Jesus, IF he repents and changes his dirty ways. Puts on the new man, and learns to live correctly. The time is rapidly approaching when God's door of grace will close. The earths people have been warned, and foretold everything through Christ Jesus.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  741. Let the chips fall

    You cannot expect anyone to have respect for what you believe if they don't believe in it themselves. You can't preach tolerance without respect for your fellow man. You can't preach diversity while practicing exclusion. And you certainly can't demand respect without giving it first. I don't care what side of what movement you are on, it still applies. If both communities were practicing what they preach rather than trying to demonize each other this whole discussion would be laughable...more so than it already is.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  742. UTP

    Whatever happened to 'everyone is entitled to an OPINION'...who cares what kind of sex, person, place or thing God is....it's a BELIEF..not FOUNDED ON FACT...open your minds!

    February 18, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  743. Tiffany Quash

    Jesus was compassionate = totally agree

    Super-intelligent = 1) created a pretty cool following (can you image the number of facebook friends he would have?!) 2) know how to have enough meals to feed people fish and bread (that had to have been an awesome party) and 3) forsee that Judus would foresaken him (to be able to accept and continue to the individual who would turn against you is remarkable).

    Gay Man= 1) Of course he was happy! 2) At least his outfits always matched (as a lesbian I feel I can make light of the stereotype)

    I'm not taking a side, but seriously Catholic League lighten up!

    February 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  744. Miscellaneous

    I used to like Elton John...not anymore....

    February 18, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  745. HappyFrappy

    I don't get why the Catholic Church would care what *Elton John* says about Jesus. John is a great musician, sure, but he's not a religious authority - I wouldn't look to him for religious advice, whatever he'd said. I am more offended by the Catholic League's stance on homosexuality as "sexual deviancy," but that's another matter...

    February 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  746. Wayne Messer

    All the tolerant moron religious fanatics need to get over it.

    Not everybody believes in fairy-tales.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  747. barcrow

    Jesus...gay?...ridiculous...no self respecting gay man would have been caught dead in those sandals. maybe a cross dresser though.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  748. TW

    Remember kids, the Catholic church only condones pedophilia, NOT homosexuality. They are NOT the same. Get it right!

    February 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  749. Ann

    All I have to say of the matter is that "Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord" and the bible says that we will be judged for every idle word that we have spoken out of our mouths. We ALL will stand before God and be judged!!! So no matter what Elton John says he will be judged for it...

    February 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  750. Joe Tatman

    The church calls Elton deviant? lol I agree that religion has done far more harm in the world than good. I'm all for banishing it as well. Too many horrible things are done in the name of religion. Everyone thinks their religion is 'the right one'. Few accept any religion other than their own. In a country where you're entitled to freedom of speech, religion, etc. we certainly do put down others with different belief systems.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  751. David P. Kronmiller

    I find it interesting that some have left comments decrying Elton John for being insensitive to other's religious beliefs – yet they seem to ignore that Elton was perhaps expressing his religious beliefs. Why is he not allowed to speak about his faith?

    February 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  752. francis

    All religions should be banned, condemned, and shut down. Only then will we all live in Peace.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  753. DNA

    Jesus was totally gay... never had a girlfriend... hung out with dudes all the time... was always washing his fag-hag Mary's feet... He was socialist too! Giving away food... trashing the money changer's tables... You "christians" could learn a lot from Jesus if you would only shut your mouths for a few minutes.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  754. JD in Moraga, CA

    How does Elton know Jesus was gay? Well, let's see – 13 men alone in the desert for 3 1/2 years...you figure it out.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  755. David P. Kronmiller

    I'm less concerned about Elton John's religious beliefs and more concerned that the Catholic church stoops to bigotry referring to homosexuality as "deviant". This small minded thinking is the very reason the Catholic Church is fading into the background and why so many of my generation are turned off by some of organized religion and it's hate-filled rhetoric.

    February 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  756. kd

    Sorry, but The Catholic League is not at all relevant to anyone except the most extreme Catholics out there (and probably not too many of them, speaking as a Catholic).

    February 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  757. Sue

    If I were a man, I would be offended for why does the trait of compassion in a man mean he has to be gay. God bless gay people but they are no more nor less compassionate than the rest of us. There is no evidence to prove that Jesus really existed, really was the son of God, so surely there is no evidence that he was gay, but I guess if one group can build a religion around a person being God or son of God or prophet of God, then is it any more obsurd for a gay man to build a hope around a historical or mythololgical figure to be gay like him... whatever floats your boat... just as long as we all listen to the wisdom of Jesus – TO BE KIND, COMPASSIONATE and INCLUSIVE AND NONJUDGEMENTAL... so Jesus himself was not a Christian for he didn't damn anyone, he was a bit arligious for such a religous guy and for that I respect him, and don't respect people who pretend to know God when they are just guessing or believing what milenia old people guessed, made up or deluded to be true.. WE DON:T KNOW ANYTHING!

    February 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  758. NOLA hotgirl

    I thought Jesus was married to Mary Magdelene!

    February 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  759. spiritual not religious

    Firstly, I’d like to admit that I am a SPIRITUAL person, not a RELIGIOUS person. I was raised Christian, but over the years moved to a more spiritual sense because I feel that organized religion puts limits on our ability to LIVE and LOVE the way that God intended. I admire those of strong religious faith, but I do not admire those who choose not to learn as much as they possibly can about a religion that chose to judge others by. The definition of faith does not mean to follow blindly.

    For those that revere the Bible as the ONE AND ONLY source of God’s instruction to his creation, I have a few questions.

    (Q) If Jesus was the son of God and the FOUNDER of Christianity. Why does the Bible only contain the gospel of 4 of his 12 disciples – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John?
    (A) The Bible was written and edited by man. Church and organized religion are the first forms of GOVERNMENT. The reason the other gospels are missing is that those EIGHT gospels did not further the goals of the CHURCH. The bible reflects only 1/3 of the gospels of those who were closest to him. For those that quote the bible to defend their views and actions of others, please realize that your source is INCOMPLETE at best. When you have a moment, pick up the Gospel of Timothy and give it a quick read. Then you will find out why the CHURCH omitted it from the good book.

    On to homosexuality and the bible . . . You claim that the bible says that homosexuality is an abomination. And that no man should lay with a man as he would a woman. You cite how God destroyed the city of Sodom and Gomorrah because of its sinful homosexual ways. You say that God DOES NOT condemn a non-sexual love between two men or two women (ie, friends or family members) but that he DOES condemn the physical act of homosexual sex.

    (Q) So if love is not condemned but homosexual acts are condemned, does that mean that God condemns a heterosexual married couples that engage in homosexual positions during sex (ie., oral or anal sex)?
    (A) If so, there will be more bible thumpers in hell than its walls can hold.

    Did any of you ever consider that there is a reason that out of 66 books of the bible and the countless verses of the bible that sexuality is mentioned only a FEW times. Because of all the things that are important to God and of all the ways that God intends for us to live our lives, sex isn’t high on the priority list.

    BTW – In case you’re curious, I’m a happily married hetero that engages in as much sex as I possibly can (homosexual positions included)

    February 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  760. Sillypants

    Full context: “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.”

    Okayyyy, so I read this and I only laugh. EJ's statement is clearly provocative for the sake of being provocative. It is a blatant dig for he and his celeb buddies to giggle about. EJ is a silly silly man who's job is to be creative and to seek attention. He's very good at his job. (humming "Hold me closer Tony Danza")

    This joker William Donohue is only dignifying EJ's statement and his doing so is obviously only in the interest of further publicizing his own celebrity. WD is just another overexposed "religious" mouthpiece who's career has largely centered around a Spanish inquisition like M.O. No one dare speak out against the all powerful and "Holy Church". I guess I didn't bother to read the 1st amendment. This so called "man of God" is in actuality doing very little to genuinely benefit suffering mankind and doing so all in the name of God. A "religious person" who does nothing to genuinely follow Christ (the spiritual feeding of the week and suffering whom he claims to represent). He is as blasphemous and deplorable as those whom he criticizes. I suppose he hasn't picked up the bible in a little while. If he had...he might have called to mind the instructions of Christ himself on this type of matter at Matthew 5:38-42 & Luke 6:27-31.

    Do you think our friends in Haiti give a crap about Elton's little statement? No...those people are hungry and suffering and wondering why God is permitting it....perhaps he'd be better off using his Catholic super powers to go answer that question for those poor people.

    CNN, Perhaps we can redirect our interests into concerns that are a bit more worthwhile. This so called "scandal" and all the traffic you are driving to it is just such an abysmal waste of time.

    On the otherhand...we all know what this is REALLY about. Benjamin's...and since you are so good at YOUR JOB's. I applaud you.

    Job well done.

    February 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  761. Linda

    Jesus Christ, the son of the one and only God could not have been gay. He was the only perfect Human that ever lived. He was the only one pure and worthy enough to take away the sins of the world, when he shed His blood as the perfect sacrifice, and reconcile us back to God.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  762. Melanie

    Most of these comments are based on people picking and choosing what they want to believe about Jesus and religion. Educate yourself before you tear down entire belief system.

    PS – To totally disregard an entire community of faith because of the actions of some of the priests is as ignorant as claiming an entire race is bad because of the actions of just some of the people who happen to be of that race.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  763. Ronald

    To rhonda and Michelle, it's not the church that states "homosexuality" is a sin, it's all over the New Testament and Old Testament.

    If you weren't so ignorant of the New Testament, you would know it's there (eg Rom. 1:26–28, 32, 1 Cor. 6:9–10). fortunately, you all can choose whether to believe God or go with Satan. Just don't complain once you're down there burning and saying it's hot as hell.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  764. JDC

    Jes, you are exactly right, Freedom of Speech is very important. You have the right to believe those absolutely ridiculous fairy tales that provide the foundation for your spiritual beliefs......and when you criticize others for their beliefs don't be surprised when you are criticized in return.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  765. BroReason

    Jesus was willing to deny his own desires for the sake of us who would follow him into a giving life. In this age of the world, most are not willing to give up what feels good to them. But we are made up of far more than flesh and blood. We are made up of spirit, the stuff by which all creation was formed – that with faith. And that part of us should mean much more to us than it does. Let's start living like what we do and say will matter for eternity. It will certainly matter to our children and their children after them, and to all the creatures of this earth. After a very brief time, who we really are will become totally manifest to all. The wicked will become more wicked, and the Good will become more Good. Jesus will show us His way if we want it more than anything else; if we give our hearts to followin Him.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  766. Small Town Celebrity

    It's a shame that people try to hold God responsible for what "the church" and so-called christians have done.

    May He have mercy on them all.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  767. Ed

    I would bet that Mr. Donohoe also believes that Jesus was a white man, which we know was not true.
    For centuries, different cultures have viewed Jesus in many different ways, typically portraying him in ways most similar to themselves (many, if not most, depictions of Jesus in the U.S. still show him as a light-skinned individual, sometimes with blue eyes). Why is that okay, but it is wrong for a gay man to think of Jesus in a similarly like fashion?
    Elton John should not be attacked for his beliefs any more than the others who shape the image of Jesus in their own likeness. I read Elton John's full statement and he was in no way attacking religion or Jesus. How can calling someone a "compassionate, super-intelligent gay man" be construed as a slanderous statement when it is made by a gay man? That doesn't make sense, people. Elton was merely stating how he thinks of Jesus, in a rather complimentary way. He has every right to do so without being attacked.
    Donohoe is a hypocrite and a bigot, pure and simple. His "sexual deviant" comment demonstartes that quite clearly.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  768. Miguel in NY

    I'm sorry, but Bill Donoghue is a deviant. He is spokesperson for an organization that spends more time preaching hate than love and looking the other way when priests sexuallly abused children. Jesus represented all the downtrodden. If Jesus were alive today, he would embrace gay people and denounce evil pigs such as Bill Donohue.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  769. CM

    And you shall know them by the fruit they bear. (or speak).
    Father forgive this man he knows not what he speaks.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  770. Guest8888

    I disagree with both of them. How dare Elton John make such a statement knowing full well that the Bible and Church don't generally condone homosexuality. He knew this would cause a reaction. But also how dare William Donahue call gays "sexual deviants". They are both a couple of jerks that have no respect for anyone's opinions and beliefs but their own and are trying to force them on people. They are both wrong for what they said and I have no respect for what either of them have to say.

    February 18, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  771. Jay

    You all are silly ! One it doesn't really matter what he said ! It was purely funny. Second, all you christains need to find something else to do then condemn people as a hobbie. Christains are the worse people when it comes to making idiotic comments. How