ISIS would like you to note Madonna's cultural relevance. Obviously her new record, Rebel Heart, has struck a chord with the extremist organization. According to the al-Arabiya news website, ISIS (the Islamic State in Syria) has banned Madonna‘s music, saying her music is anti-Islamic and her name means Virgin Mary, therefore listening to her is prohibited by Islam.
Violators will receive 80 lashes, according to the Daily Star British newspaper. That's a pretty intense penalty, no?
The organization distributed pamphlets in north Syria warning citizens about listening to her. It's a travesty that all forms progressive thought are being blocked from Syrians.