Young Christians accuse Madonna of blasphemy
11 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Young Christians have filed a criminal complaint in the Netherlands against pop star Madonna over the mock crucifixion routine during her Confessions Tour.
11 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — Young Christians have filed a criminal complaint in the Netherlands against pop star Madonna over the mock crucifixion routine during her Confessions Tour.
The complaint, lodged with the public prosecutor in Amsterdam, accuses Madonna of criminal blasphemy and of insulting a group of people based on their religious beliefs.
Jan Kloosterman, chairman of the youth wing of the orthodox party SGP, confirmed on Monday that the complaint is supported by approximately 50 organisations in the Netherlands.
The Christian group has been threatening legal action since Dutch Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner refused to impose restrictions on Madonna's performances at Amsterdam's ArenA stadium on 3 and 4 September.
Madonna has angered Christians in several European countries by hanging from a giant cross and wearing a crown of thorns during the song "Live to Tell".
Although he declined to intervene, Donner, a member of the Christian Democrat Party (CDA), said it was "understandable Christians felt offended" by Madonna.
Separately, a 63-year-old Dutch priest has been charged with phoning in a fake bomb threat in a bid to stop Madonna's concerts in Amsterdam. He was quickly traced and admitted the offence.
The concerts went ahead and Madonna's act included the performance on the cross.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news, Madonna