Holy War: Rap vs. Religion

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Nicki Minaj vs. The Catholic League

Fans weren't the only people put off by Nicki Minaj's 2012 Grammys performance, which featured Catholic symbols and a dramatization of an exorcism. (Nicki also hit the red carpet wearing a red Versace nun's habit, accompanied by an older white man dressed as the Pope.) Catholic League president Bill Donohue condemned Minaj's performance as disrespectful to the church. "Perhaps the most vulgar part was the sexual statement that showed a scantily clad female dancer stretching backwards while an altar boy knelt between her legs in prayer," Donohue wrote in a statement on the group's website. 

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