Todd we have respectfully disagreed on different topics. I strongly disagree with you on this one as well.
I think the song is beautiful in it's simplicity.
I also think you are extremely negative and cynical yourself. I don't mean that to insult you. I say it with respect for your opinions. I enjoy, or shall I say, I think your opinions are valuable. They just typically are negative and cynical. Maybe that is your aim. That is okay. (As if you needed my validation and acceptance...)
Now, back to the topic, I don't think anyone should have asked Yoko's opinion. I think the song should not have been changed. This performer has taken liberties without even understanding what the song is about or the original intention. If he thought it should say something different he should "Give The Fans A Chance", to respond to his changes, and yet that is really not possible either.
As far as religion goes, nothing in human history has caused more bloodshed, violence, greed and all things bad. I do not believe that there is good in all religion. I believe that the true God has one religion he favors. That one is the religion that follows what he has layed out for mankind. If you want to know which one it is... Go on a search, ask humbly in your heart, you will find. I can't answer the question here. Not the place for it, nor is this the place for a religious debate. Enough said... on that.
Now enough of my ramblings...