Sunday, 18 March 2007

Tobago Church Leaders Seek Ban On Sir Elton John

Conservative church leaders in Tobago are trying to ban Elton John from performing on the Caribbean island because he is gay.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the star is due to play at Plymouth Jazz Festival in Tobago next month, but church authorities say his presence might tempt local people to become homosexual.

The Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago, Philip Isaac, said Sir Elton's lifestyle failed to conform to Biblical teaching.

"The artist is one of God's children and while his lifestyle is questionable he needs to be ministered unto," The Morning Herald quotes Isaac saying. "His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle."

Metro UK reports that Isaac revealed he wants to "save" the singer, whose marriage to David Furnish in 2005 he condemns.

"The artist is one of God's children and while his lifestyle is questionable he needs to be ministered unto," he added, reports Metro UK.

Gays and lesbians can be barred from entering the country, but it is believed no one has ever been turned away at immigration because of their sexuality.

Festival organizer Antony Maharaj insisted Elton will take par
t.
"We should be honoured to have him. This is a man who was knighted by the Queen, who was highly complimented by Desmond Tutu," The Morning Herald reports Maharaj saying.

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2 comments:

Humming Bird in Hyde said...

I was so insenced when I read that article. It amazes me how small minded and absolutely rediclous Tobagonians can be. Philip Isaac needs to step out of his little bubble. Next time I get down to the island I'm sure as hell gunna stuff his mouth with something useful :P

trinirog said...

As a Trinidadian, I can tell the world that Sir Elton John is more than welcome to our beautiful islands of Trinidad and Tobago. He is am amazing person who is so gifted. Whether he is gay or not is not a problem. We are going to see "Elton John", one the most talented entertainers in the world. The show is sold out, so I doubt there are many people who agree with Mr Isaac.