German prosecutor checks out Madonna concert

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21 August 2006, DUSSELDORF - A German prosecutor attended the first of US singer Madonna's two concerts in Germany, but said Monday the crucifixion scene that has upset Christians did not break the law. "We are not going to open an inquiry against Madonna, said prosecutor Johannes Mocken after the Sunday evening show for 45,000 in the city of Dusseldorf. "The show was extremely provocative but not punishable." German Catholics and Lutherans had earlier voiced ire at a scene where Madonna, 48, whose music o

21 August 2006

DUSSELDORF - A German prosecutor attended the first of US singer Madonna's two concerts in Germany, but said Monday the crucifixion scene that has upset Christians did not break the law.

"We are not going to open an inquiry against Madonna, said prosecutor Johannes Mocken after the Sunday evening show for 45,000 in the city of Dusseldorf. "The show was extremely provocative but not punishable."

German Catholics and Lutherans had earlier voiced ire at a scene where Madonna, 48, whose music often comments on her own Catholic upbringing, wore a crown of thorns and was raised on a glittering cross.

Margot Kaessmann, 48, the Lutheran bishop of Hanover where Madonna was to perform Tuesday evening, said, "Portraying herself as Jesus is megalomaniac." The mother of four said, "Let's just ignore Madonna. Stars retire: Christianity survives."

The Catholic archdiocese of Cologne, which earlier said it recognized that there was was no law in Germany against such a show, echoed this Monday and also called on Christians to stay away.

Madonna fans were unfazed. One woman, 30, said after the concert she had interpreted the words of the crucifixion song as criticism of the Vatican's disapproval of condoms. "Having seen it, I see why the church is so offended," she said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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