A Russian religious official, Imam Saidjagfar Lutfullin, has advised his followers to boycott singer Elton John’s upcoming concert for “promoting homosexuality.” John’s concert is scheduled for December.
“[Homosexuality]” is promoted by Elton John, known throughout the world to be gay,” Lutfullin told by Interfax on Octover 3.
“We are seeing how our healthy and moral society is being attacked by nonconformists and perverts. I think that we must prevent this with the help of the media, by sermons and discussions about the nature of humanity and the prolongation of the human race, about the schemings of the Devil, in the form of a sodomite — Elton John.”
Lutfullin continued to condemn homosexuality as the reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He then advised that his followers should learn from their “ancestor’s lessons.”
As an openly gay man, Sir Elton John is an advocate for Russia’s LGBT community and stated that he would not cancel his concert in Moscow despite criticism from Russian conservatives.
“I’m supposed to be going to Moscow in December,” John said in an interview with the Guardian in September. “I’ve got to go. And I’ve got to think about what I’m going to say very carefully…As a gay man, I can’t leave those people on their own without going over there and supporting them. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’ve got to go.”
In June, a Russian communist group led by Mikhail Abramyan said John’s outfits promote “homosexual propaganda.”
On June 30, Russia implemented an anti-LGBT law banning “homosexual propaganda” to protect the youth and instill Catholic Orthodox values.