Elton John told a London newspaper that organized religion should be banned because it promotes homophobia and turns some people into "hateful lemmings."
"I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it," the British singer said in an interview that ran Sunday in a gay-themed issue of the magazine of the Observer newspaper.
"Religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people. It turns people into hateful lemmings, and it is not really compassionate."
The singer said he admired the teachings of Jesus Christ but disliked religious bodies.