Contrary to popular belief, Pope Francis has been up to more on his US visit than putting out prog-rock singles. In a new Facebook post, Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons criticized the pope for his recent meeting with Kim Davis, the county clerk who refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple on religious grounds and was briefly jailed as a result.
Kim Davis’ lawyer announced yesterday that she had met privately with the pope in Washington, DC, and today a Vatican spokesman confirmed the news, according to the New York Times. Pope Francis allegedly thanked Davis for her courage and told her to “stay strong.”
“Francis attempts to distract us from Catholic sexual predators with a smokescreen of fake moralizing about gay people and their rights to live as equals in society,” Antony wrote on her public Facebook account this morning. “Pope Francis should line up one hundred gay, lesbian and transgendered people from around the world and wash and kiss their feet. He should issue a formal apology on behalf of the Vatican for centuries of persecuting, torturing and killing gay and transgendered people in the name of their god. Or are we not worthy of his humility, unlike criminals, the American indigenous, and the poor?”
See Antony’s full post below.
Antony’s next album will be under the name Anohni and is called Hopelessness.