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Looks like Madonna won't be crucified after all. At least, not offstage.

Just a week after threatening to press charges against the Confessions on a Dancefloor singer for her "insulting" mock-crucifixion concert routine, German prosecutors have decided against opening an investigation into the potential illegality of the pop star's act.

Last week, German officials in Duesseldorf threatened to monitor and possibly take legal action against Madonna if she went ahead with her Jesus-channeling performance during her Sunday concert.

The cross-writhing routine has been drawing practically continent-wide religious ire since the Material One kicked off the European leg of her Confessions tour last month. Germans, though, were primed to take particular offense as insulting religious beliefs is illegal in their country and holds a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Early Monday morning, however, Johannes Mocken, a spokesman for the prosecutors, told the Associated Press that no investigation would take place as, "hurtful to religious people" as the performance might have been, no crime had taken place.

There's a relief.

According to Mocken, the routine, which includes Madonna strapped to an elevated mirrored cross while donning a crown of thorns and crooning her 1986 ballad "Live To Tell," was covered by laws protecting artistic freedom.

She performed the routine in front of a sold-out crowd of 45,000 Sunday night, none of whom were the monitoring lawyers. The legal crew said they would not attend the show, but would rely on media reports and other first-hand accounts to determine whether or not the pop star had broken any laws.

As it turns out, they were the only ones concerned.

According to Deutsche Welle, German media reports found just one complaint of blasphemy lodged against the singer, which had been filed before the concert even took place.

Still, Madonna's not in the persecution clear just yet.

Just like in England, Russia and Italy before it, a group of German bishops is calling for a boycott on the "Hung Up" singer's remaining concert dates.

"I thought Madonna was better than this because she claims to be a religious person," Bishop Margot Kasmann told Germany's Bild am Sonntag paper. "But maybe the only way an aging superstar can attract attention is to offend people's religious sentiments."

Liz Rosenberg, the controversy-courting star's longtime publicist, maintains that the mock-crucifixion scene is not intended to be disrespectful toward the church, claiming that her famous client "does not think Jesus would be mad at her."

Jesus may not be mad at her, but a whole lot of his representatives certainly seem to be.

Madonna continues her tour in Russia this week, where religious leaders have already taken the liberty of denouncing her show.
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