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Madonna performing on her 2006 'Confessions Tour'.

As we all know, Madonna is famous for pissing off religious groups. But how and why? Well, that's exactly what I'm going to figure out.

Kabbalah
Kabbalah is Madonna's latest religion. It is an ancient form of Judasim. Kabbalah literally means a "receiving", in the sense of a "received tradition". Madonna made the religion the ultimate celebrity fad in 2004 with her Kabbalah inspired children's books and wearing the ever popular red-string bracelet; a bracelet meant to ward off the evil eye and negative energy.
 
The term "Kabbalah" was originally used in Talmudic texts, among the Geonim (early medieval rabbis) and by Rishonim (later medieval rabbis) as a reference to the full body of the oral tradition of Jewish teaching, which was publicly available. Even the works of the Tanakah's prophets were referred to as Kabbalah, before they were canonized as part of the written tradition. In this sense Kabbalah was used in referring to all of Judaism's oral law. Over time, much of the oral law was recorded, but the esoteric teachings remained an oral tradition. Now, even though the esoteric teachings of the Torah are recorded, it is still known as Kabbalah.
 

Judaism
Though Madonna has received alot of positive feedback from Kabbalhist's because of her devotion to the religion, it's main source, Judaism, isn't always as pleased with her. Madonna has used various sacred Hebrew symbols in her music videos, in situations that Jews see as dark and negative.
 
Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. It is one of the first recorded monotheistic faiths, and it is one of the oldest religious traditions still practiced today. The values and history of the Jewish people are a major part of the foundation of other Abrahamic religions such as Christianity, Islam, as well as Samaritanism and the Bah'ai faith.

Christianity
Christianity is a monotheistic religion centered on Jesus and on his life and teachings as presented in the New Testament. Christians believe Jesus to be the messiah and thus refer to him as Jesus Christ. With an estimated 2.1 billion adherents in 2001, Christianity is the world's largest religion. Which means Madonna had the largest amount of people to upset when she put burning crosses and black Christ-figures in her Like a Prayer music video.
 
That's not the only reason Christian's aren't big Madonna fans. From releasing a sex book to abandoning her Catholic upbringing completely, to releasing sexuality explicit songs, Christian's are needless to say not big Madonna lovers. In fact, during her 'Like a Virgin' tour in the 1980's, the vatican attempted to ban her from performing in rome.

Religious information on this site found on:
 
Religion east & west [electronic resource] : journal of the Institute for World Religions.
Berkeley, Calif. : Institute for World Religions, 2001-