Bible bashers want Hozier 'to be more like Bono'
Published 04/05/2015 | 07:35
A US Bible basher wants to 'take Hozier to Church' to dis-prove anti-religious sentiments expressed in his hit song.
Bray singer Hozier last week revealed that some religious groups in the US have taken issue with 'Take Me to Church' with pastors writing open letters about it.
"But the song isn't about Baptist or evangelical Christianity, it references more to the Catholic church," he said.
He said he hasn't received any backlash in Ireland where "there weren't too many people who were coming out swinging for the church" in light of reports into clerical sex abuse of children.
But American religious figures have not been shy in making their opinions known.
Xaq Matthews, a director at Centenary United Methodist Church in Kentucky penned one of the open letters to the singer.
"You say the church is a shrine of lies where people sharpen their knives of judgment against people who don't live up to their moral standards," he wrote to Andrew Hozier Byrne.
"Your criticism obviously isn't new; the church has consistently been labelled as judgemental and hypocritical, and, in many cases, rightly so.
"But Hozier, since you asked, I'd love to take you to church. And I hope, if you come, that you'll find that the church isn't about knives and lies."
Meanwhile, Pastor Rick McDaniel, of the Richmond Community Church in Virginia, also shared his thoughts online.
"It may just be a song, you may or may not be a one-hit wonder but I can't let it stand without a response," he wrote.
"It is worth noting you wrote this song when you were only 22-years-old. Your fellow Irish rocker Bono has arrived at a very different view of the Church and Christianity with a few more years of life experience," the pastor added.
Hozier's star continues to rise Stateside and he recently stole the show at this year's Coachella music festival.