Lady Gaga's new album seized in Lebanon for being 'offensive to religion'

Published: Monday, June 6 2011 11:14 a.m. MDT

Lady Gaga has been gagged.

Pop singer Lady Gaga's newest album "Born This Way" reportedly has been banned by the Lebanese General Security. Boxes containing the controversial album are stacked in the police offices in Beirut, but no official decision has been made on whether to formally ban the religion-laced record, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"We collected the CDs on the grounds that the music was offensive to religion," one official from the office of censorship in Lebanon told the Times. The man refused to give his name.

The album has also received stateside criticism due to its religious innuendos. The video for one of Gaga's songs, controversially dubbed "Judas," shows the pop star, who plays the role of Mary Magdalene, in a love triangle between motorcycle-gang versions of Judas and Jesus Christ. The video also shows a fake baptism and Gaga washing the feet of a leather-donned biker.

Another of Gaga's songs, which bears the same name as the album, angered Christian groups with its controversial lyrics, which melodically claim, "There's nothing' wrong with lovin' who you are 'cause He made you perfect, babe. So hold your head up, girl and you you'll go far, listen to me when I say 'I'm beautiful in my way, 'cause God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track, baby I was born this way."

Jeff Johnston, gender and homosexuality analyst of the Christian group Focus on the Family, told the Christian Post that Gaga's lyrics are "bad theology."

"'Born This Way' makes you seem stuck," said Johnston, who has said he struggled with same-sex attraction in his youth, told the Christian Post. "When I was a young adult, this message would have taken away any sense of hope."

Gaga claims that her fans, who she refers to as "little monsters," are "their own religion," according to an article she wrote for Metro News.

The pop singer also draws comparisons between pop culture and religion in her new album.

"On 'Born This Way,' I'm writing more about pop culture as religion, my identity as my religion: 'I will fight and bleed to death for my identity,'" Gaga told The Guardian.

Email: jferguson@desnews.com

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