Religious Activists Crusade Against Madonna's Poland Concert
Protesters from a Catholic youth group are calling on local officials in Warsaw, Poland to cancel an upcoming performance by Madonna as it falls on the city's annual World War Two remembrance day.
The pop superstar is due to take her MDNA tour to Poland on August 1st, when residents traditionally observe a minute's silence to commemorate the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazi occupation, which cost an estimated 200,000 people their lives.
Religious activists from a group called the Youth Crusade are demanding Madonna's show be axed out of respect and they have launched an online petition to rally support for their mission.
The internet post reads: "August 1 is a day of remembrance in Poland. We pay our respects to those who survived and those who perished in the uprising. We won't allow the desecration of our hallowed symbols."
Youth Crusade demonstrators have also blasted Madonna for "attacking the Catholic faith" and "offending Jesus Christ by burning crosses and wearing a crown of thorns" during her controversial stage shows, which they claim also promote homosexuality and pornography.
Madonna's latest tour antics have done little to improve her reputation in the eyes of her more conservative critics - she flashed her breast while onstage in Turkey and France, exposed her bottom onstage in Rome, Italy and incensed French politician Marine Le Pen by screening a video which juxtaposed a swastika over her head.