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Forum staff reports, Published February 19 2010

Elton John says Jesus was a ‘gay man’

No stranger to speaking his mind or inspiring the ire of others, Elton John sent headlines throughout the media world Thursday when word spread that he thinks Jesus Christ was a “super-intelligent gay man.”

The quote came from an interview in Parade Magazine. The issue will appear in this Sunday’s Forum, but excerpts moved through the Internet like wildfire Thursday.

In the interview John says, “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.”

Naturally, the comments caused some Christians and moral conservatives to vent their responses on the Internet.

John’s interview also touches on drugs, relationships and his philanthropy.