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LEBANON: Lady Gaga’s newest album seized as potentially offensive to Christians

The Following is an excerpt from the LA Times from June 6th,

Boxfuls of Lady Gaga’s newest album “Born this Way” were intercepted and impounded at Beirut’s international airport by Lebanese authorities late last week as potentially offensive to the country’s Christian population.

Despite having sold millions of copies worldwide, Lady Gaga’s album isn’t for sale in Lebanese music stores for now. Instead, cartons of the new release are stacked in police offices. But officials cautioned that no final decision had been made on whether Lady Gaga’s sizzling hot second studio release would be formally banned.

“We collected the CDs on the grounds that the music was offensive to religion,” said one official from the office of censorship, which is part of the country’s notorious General Security, a powerful branch of the Ministry of Interior. “They are still in our offices. We are still deciding what to do with them.”

He refused to give his name without citing any reason for insisting on anonymity.

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