ELTOPHOBIA - CHURCH BANS ELTON
TOBAGO CHURCH CHIEFS FEAR HIS CONCERT COULD TURN MEN GAY
CHURCH leaders want Sir Elton John banned from Tobago - in case he turns the locals gay.
He is due to headline the Plymouth jazz festival there next month. But Philip Isaac, the Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago, believes the singer could tempt the islanders into gay ways.
He said: "His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle."
AdvertisementThe Archdeacon condemned Sir Elton's marriage to David Furnish, saying it doesn't conform to "biblical teachings" because a "man should not lie with a man".
And he wants to save the star, 59. Mr Isaac said: "The artist is one of God's children and while his lifestyle is questionable he needs to be ministered unto."
Homophobic campaigners claimed that a clause in Tobago's immigration laws means homosexuals could be kept out of the country. The local radio station has been bombarded with calls opposing his visit.
One local told an island newspaper: "We have a huge problem with homosexuality in our population because, unlike our foreign counter-parts our free-up nature,,. and cannot support the conditions of this lifestyle."
But local lawyer Anand Ramlogan confirmed there is no law against sexual orientation in Tobago.
Festival organiser Anthony Maharaj said Sir Elton will take part. He said: "We should be honoured to have him.
"This is a man who was knighted by the Queen, who was highly complimented by Desmond Tutu." Sir Elton's spokesman declined to comment.