On the heels of last week's vote in the U.K. for the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation Regulations)2007 comes Elton John's birthday bash in the U.S.
The bash started Saturday night at St John The Divine Cathedral in New York City. It is not uncommon for the Cathedral to be used for secular musical events, even though it is the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the seat of its' Bishop. The Cathedral's mission is "to be a house of prayer for all people". Now, it's seems to be a house of music for all people.
In light of the rift of the U.S. Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church over the ordination of gay priests, this event seemed steeped in symbolic defiance toward the Anglican Church, not to mention God himself. It is no secret that the rock and roll star disdains organized religion and currently is partnered with another man in a civil union.
However, Elton John's advocacy for the homosexual lifestyle isn't what bothered some folks in attendance at St. John The Divine, but rather the fact that "that everyone will be drunk and flamboyant in the cathedral," according to Elizabeth Wolff of the Washington Post.
On Sunday, the party continued at Madison Square Garden . Elton John was introduced by none other than Bill Clinton. Elton John wore a black-on-black with a large prominent silver cross, as if to intimate a priest-like presence.
The two day event itself was a symbol of defiance, deviance and sheer mockery, all with the help of the Episcopal church.
No doubt this will add to the undoing of the Episcopal Church.
23but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored...
25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. 26This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; 28PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians."