Stevie Wonder, an outspoken supporter of President Barack Obama, has recently released his pro-Obama theme song. In the process he took on the “extreme right,” whose intolerance he said was no different that that of the Taliban. 

“The extreme right that feels everything they say are right and that God means it to be this way and that this is the way it is, are no different than the Taliban,” Wonder told V-103’s Frank and Wanda Morning Show.

Wonder didn’t only make the extreme comparison to the radical Islamist group, he also offered a list of issues America can improve upon, starting with race relations. 

“This color thing is really a problem,” he told Frank Ski of V-103/Atlanta. “People who are spewing hate, that’s an issue.”

His noted that climate change and environmental protection is the second issue that America needs to take seriously. 

“The way that we are killing our planet, that’s number two,” he said. “How can we expect for things not to change and get crazy and people are in denial…I think we really need to have more love for our planet. It’s unacceptable. Number three: Guns. Clearly we need to deal with the gun laws in this country. We are so quick to say ‘I guess that was God’s will.’ No it was the will of the person who did it. And we just pray that the person who died is in God’s will.” [Listen to the interview here.] 

The final issue he thought was important, had to do with romantic choices, presumably the controversy surrounding same-sex marriages.

“It’s like saying, ‘I only want you to have sex this way or at this time.’ The government can’t control that. Most of all, love and let love and live.”

He went on to sing “Keep Moving Forward,” which is a song he dedicated to President Barack Obama and released last week

“Here we are, it’s a brand new day,” he sang, “Four years ago the skys were dark and grey/ Troops coming home we’re ending the war…/ Jobs for all…/ And health care for the middle class/ The common man deserves a chance/ Barack’s the one who will take a stance” 

Wonder recently sang at the celebration for the United Nations’ 67th anniversary. But he didn’t only sing songs, he also took time to give a speech in the General Assembly Hall. 

“I am so thankful that the Almighty gave me the honor of being blind,” he said at the event, which also included Wyclef, Sting and others. “Now many would say, ‘How can he say that?’ I can say it because through being blind, I’ve been blessed with being able to really see people, not for the color of their skin, not for what they wear, not how they looked at me or what impression they had of me, but by the spirit in their hearts. The reality is, I believe that when you are without an ability, you are given even greater ability.”  

Listen to the entire interview, here – including Wonder’s impromptu duet with Ciara, and his live unveiling of “Keep Moving Forward.”

E. Parker, CBS Local


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