Okay, so I have a bone to pick here. This past week Bono was interviewed by Christian group Focus On The Family. The discussion ranged around his family history, his faith and his activism.
You can listen to the entire interview here.
And some of you may question my motives here as I am not shy about my agnosticism/atheism.
This is not about religion. Bono is very open about his faith (though this may be one of the most open discussions of it I’ve heard) and you can obviously hear that throughout U2’s music.
No, my issue is who he allowed himself to be interviewed by.
Focus On The Family promotes many things but two that upset me the most are Creationism (belief that God created the world in 6 days, the world is 6,000 years old, man walked with dinosaurs) as well as their actions against the gay community.
That they support Creationism is madness given the scientific evidence to the contrary. And I have no idea why anyone with faith can’t accept evidence and still feel supported by faith.
And as the world continues to move forward (evidenced by the U.S. Supreme Court rulings today striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 in California) in understanding that humans love whether it be man and woman, man and man or woman and woman. So a group that thinks human love is wrong or Satanic or hurtful are messengers of hate.
And what does that have to do with Bono?
By allowing his name to appear on their website. By allowing his image to appear in their advertising. By allowing his voice to be heard with them, he is telling people that this group is good. That what they do is okay. And maybe some of it is. But by associating himself with ignorance and hate he is both tarnishing his own image and work and elevating theirs to where it does not belong.
There is no way he doesn’t understand this. If he had called these issues out in the interview, it might be different. But he does not. And that sends a message. It says ‘I’m Bono and I approve this message’ despite the message being one of intolerance.
How? After all these years does he not wonder how this could be used? He, who has been openly supportive of the gay community (Reference this quote on Mother Jones from 1989: “OK. My bottom line on any sexuality is that love is the most important thing. That love is it. Any way people want to love each other is OK by me. That’s different from abuse, be it homosexual or heterosexual.”) and yet allows them to parade him around as a great ‘get’.
Stunned. Appalled. flabbergasted. Angry. That’s me. Are you?