‘There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin’

Two men.

Chased and punished.

Romantically involved and physical in a public area. 

“Take Me to Church,” the 2013 music video by Andrew Hozier Byrne that has been viewed more than 250 million times, is tagged on YouTube with Parental Advisory. Tagged for what, the sex, the violence? Certainly not the humanity.

Hozier told The Cut: “Sexuality, and sexual orientation — regardless of orientation — is just natural. An act of sex is one of the most human things. But an organization like the church, say, through its doctrine, would undermine humanity by successfully teaching shame about sexual orientation — that it is sinful, or that it offends God. The song is about asserting yourself and re-claiming your humanity through an act of love."

“Turning your back on the theoretical thing, something that’s not tangible, and choosing to worship

or love something that is tangible and real — something that can be experienced. But it’s not an attack on faith.

“So the song is just … it’s an assertion of self, re-claiming humanity back for something that is the most natural and worthwhile. Electing, in this case a female, to choose a love who is worth loving.”

‘Good God, let me give you my life’

                                                             — Hozier 2013