Just before midnight at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, Cee Lo Green sang John Lennon’s song, “Imagine.” But instead of singing Lennon’s original lyrics which said “Nothing to kill or die for/And no religion too,” he substituted “And all religion’s true.”
“I was trying to say a world where u could believe what u wanted…” he later tweeted online.
Green shows more respect for religion than Lennon did, but his vision is an even bigger fantasy. It’s based on relativist attitude toward religious truth claims: none are binding, none universal, “your truth is yours, and mine is mine.”
But it’s impossible to simultaneously take religions seriously and live this way! Religions make definitive claims about reality, and as I mentioned last month in the case of Afghan teenager Bibi Aisha, if we treat all religious claims as true, we’ve no basis for condemning the horrors that result from them.