Kabbala criticism peeves Madonna

She defended her interest in Kabbala in a recent interview - claiming "it would be less controversial if I joined the Nazi Party."

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
November 2, 2005 08:25
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Press reports that have continuously circulated about Madonna's Kabbala lifestyle have left the pop diva fuming. She defended her interest in Kabbala in a recent interview - claiming "it would be less controversial if I joined the Nazi Party." Most of the press she receives she insists is based on ignorance. Madonna added in Britain's Attitude magazine: "It's not hurting anybody." She is frustrated by the questions regularly lobbed at her: "'What do you mean you study the Torah and you're not Jewish? What do you mean you pray to God and wear sexy clothes? We don't understand this'. It frightens people," she explains, "so they try to denigrate it or trivialize it so that it makes more sense." The star also revealed she is disgusted when critics label the religion a "cult". She said: "We're all in a cult. In this [modern day] cult we're not encouraged to ask questions. And if we do ask questions, we aren't going to get a straight answer. The world's in the cult of celebrity. That's the irony of it." The 47-year-old singer also empathizes with Hollywood star Tom Cruise, who has been criticized for his devotion to Scientology, saying: "If it makes Tom Cruise happy, I don't care if he prays to turtles. And I don't think anybody else should." Other celebrities have also taken to mocking Madonna's relatively newfound devotion to the religion, now shared by Britney Spears, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, and others. Sharon Osbourne admits she has nightmares about Madonna eating at her house. The TV star claims the sexy singer would be one of her top three "nightmare dinner guests" because of her Kabbalistic beliefs. She told Britain's GQ magazine: "I would like to punch her. She is so full of s**t. She's into Kabbala one minute, she's a Catholic the next. She'll be a Hindu soon, no doubt."

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