From "Mad Eyes" via "Madonna Tribe," a story ("CRUZADA CONTRA MADONNA") from a Spanish (or is it Portuguese) language news page; this church is described as being a "cult" in this article:
- 24 June - Mana Church fights devil Madonna
It was reported earlier that the Lisbon concerts is suffering some problems because the venue isn't available for rehearsals and preparations the days before the concert.
A religious organisation Mana Church, who had reserved the Atlantic Pavillion from September 8th till the 11th, refuses to move to another venue and seems to see this situation as a fight between Christ (Mana Church) and the Devil (Madonna).
MadonnaTribe member Hanzo-San translated the following article that appeared in the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha:
"One "fight between the Devil versus Christ".
This is what the Man Church, in the words of its creator, self-intitled apostle Jorge Tadeu, reacts to the pressures that allegedly have been made on the cult to modify the dates of the Convention of Faith 2004 - marked to take place between the 8th and the 11th of September in the Atlantic Pavilion -, in order to make possible the accomplishment of first show of Madonna in Portugal.
Madonnas debut in Portuguese stages is emerged in controversy. In an e-mail, the one that the Correio da Manh (CM) had access the responsible person for the Church goes to the point to appeal to all the churches to put the disagreements and differences aside to be joined on behalf of Christ".
Having refused other dates and places to carry through its event and, therefore, accused of unyielding attitude and lack of compassion on the part of the fans of Madonna, the Man Church faces the question now as a crusade between the good and the evil.
"In our point of view God is moving the Man Church/Church of Christ to knock down the Golias, King Nebucodonosor [Note from Flea Dip: I think they mean "Nebuchadnezzar"] and the Fares. We feel that the pressure of Madonnas promoter and management does not restrict itself to the Man Church, its a fight between Christ and the Devil", it is read in the mail subscript from Jorge Tadeu who manifests his repudiation in wanting to change "Jesus for Madonna".
It was in the past 6 of June that CM was made aware by Ricardo Casimiro, of the promoter company Tourne, that Madonnas concert, in the 12th of September, could not come to happen for non-availability of the place, since the immediately previous days were busy for the Convention of Faith of the Man Church.
As Casimiro said the assembly of show needs, however, three days which were promised verbally by the venue.
The Convention of Faith 2004, that designates itself the 20th anniversary of the Man Church, brings to Portugal thousands of members from the whole world, for that in the last days CM has received hundreds from e-mails of the whole world manifesting the wish for the event to happen..
The controversy is lasting because both parts (and dates) continue to be announced officially in the websites of Man Church and Madonna.
The Atlantic Pavilion, for its side, continues to affirm that it intends to honor both commitments.
On the notice that Madonnas management could come to sue the Atlantic Pavilion, a source affirmed that such will not be happen anymore, since no signed legal contract between the two parts exists.
CM tried, one more time, to hear statements from the Man Church, but the same revealed itself unavailable at all times.
MAN MEMBERS REACTIONS
"... We parents do not want that our children become as Madonna, therefore her example we must censor. Our youth already has enough perversion to lose themselves... "
"... We want morality and decency for the future generations. Dont want them to be as the current one: liar, corrupt and greedy... "
"... Would like to express my disgust for what were hearing in Brazil. What they intend to say with this? That Madonna is bigger than God?... "
"... What do they want? A world devastated by uncontrolled sex, prostitution and drugs...? When the placed of Church is put aside, the great black abyss of destruction will take over the World... "
"... The Man Church is willing to release the dates of the commemoration of its 20 years of existence and God is bigger than any Madonnas of the World... "
"... I hope that the commitment assumed by the Pavilion with the Body of Christ is fulfilled. If it isnt, the credit and respectability that enjoys in the market will be truly shaken... "