Father Matthew Moretz sticks up for rapper

A priest has defended Kanye West from accusations of blasphemy levelled at his track ‘I Am A God’.

Father Matthew Moretz, the associate director of the St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan, has defended the rapper from criticism and claimed people should “give Kanye a break” over the song’s controversial lyrics.

Speaking in his web series ‘Father Matthew Presents’, which you watch by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking, Moretz cited Psalm 82 from the Bible – which says “You are gods/ And all of you are children of the Most High” – he explained: “Even the bible says that we are all gods. So for Kanye to say he is a god is alright, as long as he isn’t saying I am God… he recognises that. He knows that he is a man of God.”

Continuing his interpretation, Moretz said: “He says that Jesus is the most high, but Kanye can’t stop thinking of himself as number two… the close high. He is part of Jesus’ mafia. Jesus is the Godfather and he is like the general, the second in command.”

He also suggested that the worshipping of West by his fans may have given him a messianic complex. “He realises that in the cultural system he is an idol,” he said. “He is a celebrity. A divinity. Everybody loves him. They adore him. They give him all the awards, all the money he wants, all the women he wants… it’s unbelievable.”

Summing his thoughts up on ‘Yeezus’, he concluded: “Give Kanye a break. This is some heavy deep stuff. It is about prayer, value, idolatry, and he is wrestling with this. Wouldn’t you wrestle with this? Would you be able to resist it?”

Kanye West released ‘Yeezus’ in June of this year, with the album subsequently debuting at Number One in the Official UK Albums Chart. Earlier this week, it was reported that the rapper had recruited Miley Cyrus to work with him on a remix of his track ‘Black Skinhead’.