Leaders from Protestant churches raise Madonna issue with Shanmugam

Leaders from Protestant churches raise Madonna issue with Shanmugam
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Concerns about Madonna's concert here on Sunday were reportedly raised at a meeting that leaders from Protestant churches had with Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam yesterday.

Channel NewsAsia reported that the meeting, part of the minister's regular engagement with religious leaders, was understood to have been scheduled before the controversy over the concert erupted.

Eight pastors attended. Among the concerns aired was the possibility of the pop star using lyrics and stage props that might offend Christians, the report said, quoting "sources familiar with the discussions".

Mr Shanmugam reportedly reiterated the Government's position that any attacks on or denigration of any religion would not be tolerated.

The Catholic church, which was not represented at the meeting, has already criticised the R18 rated concert, which will not include the controversial song Holy Water.

This article was first published on February 24, 2016.
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