SIR Elton John wants religion banned because he believes it promotes hatred of gays.
In a magazine interview, the singer said religion lacked compassion and turned people into "hateful lemmings".
John said there was a lack of religious leadership, particularly in world politics, and complained that people no longer took to the streets to protes.
He said: "Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays. But there are so many people I know who are gay and love their religion. From my point of view I would ban religion completely.
"Organised religion doesn't work. It turns people into really hateful lemmings and it's not really compassionate."
He added: "The world is near escalating to World War Three and where are the leaders of each religion? Why aren't they having a conclave? Why aren't they coming together?"
The musician said people were too busy blogging on the internet to protest for what they believed in.
"They seem to do their protesting online and that's not good enough. You have to get out there and be seen to be vocal, and you've got to do it time and time again.
"There was a big march in London when Britain decided to join the war against Iraq and Tony Blair is on the record as saying 'the people who march today will have blood on their hands'. That's returned to bite him on the ass," he said.
John compared his place in British culture with the Queen Mother's, adding that "people treat me very reverently".
Referring to his "wedding" to long-term partner David Furnish, he said: "It was the same when Dave and I had our civil union - I was expecting the odd flour bomb and there wasn't."