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Controversy Over Madonna's Bible Quote

January 12, 1991

The article about the Simon Wiesenthal Center trying to censor Madonna was a joke, right ("Anger Over Madonna Single" by Chuck Philips, Jan. 4)? The center doesn't actually want to censor someone for quoting the New Testament, does it?

If it does, why is it stopping with Madonna? Why doesn't it just go to the courts, invoke anti-hate-crime laws and get court orders to allow censors to take razor blades to every New Testament and delete John's "offensive" criticism of long-dead co-religionists?

CHRISTIAN LEOPOLD SHEA

North Hollywood

A version of the single "Justify My Love" contains the quotation: "And the slander of those who say they are Jews, but they are not, they are a synagogue of Satan." Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Simon Wiesenthal Center associate dean, has asked that it be removed from the song.

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