Pop star Madonna can breathe a sigh of relief, for the Amsterdam’s prosecutor’s office has confirmed that it will not be charging the singer for “blasphemy” or “insulting faith”.
The Hung Up singer performed two concerts in the Netherlands last year, and caused an uproar amongst the Protestant SGP party when she kneeled and took off a crown of thorns against the back drop of a crucifix.
Madonna’s stunt had the party baying for her blood as it called for charges to be brought against her for blasphemy.
"The pop singer Madonna will not be prosecuted for blasphemy and insulting faith," Contactmusic quoted the prosecutor’s office, as saying.
As to why the office was not going further with the charges, well that’s because they decided that the Queen of pop was merely trying to express her ‘frustration’ about certain situations, and was not insulting God or Christianity.
"The prosecutor's office believes that through her show, the singer on all the evidence tried to express her frustrations about certain situations in the world -it is not a question of contempt for God. Furthermore, Madonna did not discredit Christians as a group," the office added.
First Published: Jan 30, 2007 18:54 IST