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Bible-basher wants to take Hozier to church to disprove anti-religious sentiment

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Church: Hozier and Xaq Matthews
Church: Hozier and Xaq Matthews

A Bible basher in the United State 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.
 
Speaking to the Guardian the singer-songwriter said he's not been the subject of any hate mail in Ireland but has read letters penned to him by various clerics. 
 
"I didn’t receive any backlash in Ireland. The message went under the radar until it was in the charts. It was released the same year as the Murphy report and the Ryan report, so there weren’t too many people who were coming out swinging for the church", he said. 
 
"In America, I’ve never been approached or received hate mail, but I’ve had a few delightful open letters from pastors who have a few choice words to say.
 
"But the song isn’t about Baptist or evangelical Christianity, it references more the Catholic church."
 
American clerics have not been shy in making their opinions known.
 
Xaq Matthews, a director at Centenary United Methodist Church in Kentucky, penned an open letter to the singer in which he says he wants to take Hozier to church. 
 
"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.