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Elton John

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Elton John's religious comments aren't exactly drumming up applause.

In a recent interview with Parade magazine, the pop superstar referred to Jesus Christ as "gay", stirring up controversy among religious groups.

"I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems," John expressed in the chat. "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," he said.

Not surprisingly, the red piano-toting star's comments didn't sit well with The Catholic League, the largest Catholic rights group in the country. 

A statement by league president Bill Donohue criticized John's remarks, saying: "Jesus was certainly compassionate, but to say he was 'super-intelligent' is to compare the son of God to a successful game-show contestant.

"More seriously, to call Jesus a homosexual 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'?"

John has yet to comment on the controversy surrounding his latest interview.

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