Madonna's Nazi Kabbalah
13:30 01 November 2005
Madonna has defended her devotion to Kabbalah - claiming she would have sparked less controversy joining the Nazis.
The pop diva says press reports of the mystical Jewish faith have left her fuming - and are based on ignorance.
She told Britain's Attitude magazine: "It would be less controversial if I joined the Nazi Party.
"It's not hurting anybody. 'What do you mean you study the Torah if you're not Jewish? What do you mean you pray to God and wear sexy clothes? We don't understand this.' It frightens people. So they try to denigrate it or trivialise it so that it makes more sense."
The star also revealed she gets upset when critics call the religion a 'cult'.
She said: "We're all in a cult. In this 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 likened herself to Hollywood star Tom Cruise, who has been criticised for his devotion to Scientology.
She stormed: "If it makes Tom Cruise happy, I don't care if he prays to turtles. And I don't think anybody else should."
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