Singer Anika Moa has had to switch venues for her Wairarapa concert because an evangelical church objected to her sexuality.
She was due to perform at Masterton’s Lighthouse Church on March 23, but promoter Mark Rogers said it became clear after the booking was made that some members of the church were not comfortable with hosting her.
Moa came out as a lesbian in 2007 and has been in a civil union with Australian burlesque dancer Azaria Universe since 2010.
Mr Rogers said the church was suffering from “sapphic paranoia” and was “unhappy” with what it called Moa’s “lifestyle”.
I had no idea listening to Anika Moa could make me a lesbian, what a bonus! I am now buying all her CDs!
Anika is a cultural treasure and one really has to wonder the sort of God one would have to worship who would find Anika’s passionate songs of love and joy and life anything to be unhappy about.
Ironically those most pushing her away are probably the ones who most need to hear her music.
I’m pretty certain that Jesus would have Anika Moa on his i-pod.