Russian imam wants to boycott Elton John, calls him "devil’s work in the shape of a pederast"

The cleric says that the performer, who is gay, is promoting sodomy

Published October 3, 2013 3:50PM (EDT)

A Russian imam in Russia's predominantly Muslim Republic of Tatarstan is calling for a boycott of pop star and LGBT icon Sir Elton John, who is scheduled to perform in the republic's capital, Kazan, Dec. 8.

Ria Novosti reports that Seidzhagfar Lutfullin has warned residents to stay away from John's upcoming concert because the singer is the “devil’s work in the shape of a pederast":

Promotion of same-sex relations could send the republic’s capital Kazan down the same road as Sodom and Gomorrah, the ancient cities destroyed by Allah as punishment for the sexual delinquency of their inhabitants, imam Seidzhagfar Lutfullin warned.

“Sodomy…is what the world famous homosexual Elton John, who recently wed a man in public, is promoting,” said Lutfullin, the imam of Kazan’s Thousandth Anniversary of Islam Mosque.

Lutfullin called on believers to stay away from Elton John’s show in Kazan and recommended they warn relations and colleagues to do the same “because they may not know,” he said

In recent months, Russia has cracked down on what it refers to as "homosexual progadanda," even punishing LGBT allies and performers Madonna and Lady Gaga. While some performers, like Cher, have responded to Vladimir Putin's anti-gay laws by declining invitations to perform, John insists that he's "got to go." In September, the performer released a statement saying, "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."

By Prachi Gupta

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